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Sun
Nov 12 2017 10:00am

Perpetual Anticipation: Top 10 Moments in the Sizzling Slow Burn of Miss Fisher and Jack

Phryne and Jack of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

The long and flirty road of Phryne Fisher and Jack Robinson in “The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries”  has been one of growing respect and friendship, interrupted opportunities, and intense eye-banging. Honestly, every single episode has at least one scene to make a shipper melt. Jack's first barely there smile when Phryne feeds him in “The Green Mill Murder.” Phryne sitting fetchingly on Jack's desk as they discuss a case. Every time Jack inadvertently runs into some appealing part of her anatomy. And the witty banter of two smart people sharing a constant dance of push and pull.

But of course, some episodes carry particular shipping weight. Here are ten landmark moments in the Phrack relationship.

“I Do Like a Man With a Plan”

Season 1, Episode 1, “Cocaine Blues”

The pattern is set at Miss Fisher and Jack's first meeting, in which his arsenal of authority and male dominance utterly fails to stop her from investigating a murder. Jack, a classic starchy hero, displays reluctant recognition of her deductive skills, and even more reluctant recognition of her charms, eyeing her as she walks away for the first of many times.

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Fri
Oct 20 2017 8:30am

First Look: Sarina Bowen’s Bountiful (October 20, 2017)

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen
Bountiful (True North #4)
Sarina Bowen / October 20, 2017 / $3.99 digital

A mystery subplot running throughout the True North series has been, “Phew, Griff isn't the father of Zara's baby... so who is?” It turns out that fourth book in the “True North” series is also an unofficial entry in the Sarina Bowen's Brooklyn Bruisers series—there's no actual hockey, but Leo and Castro are around to crack wise and help support their buddy Dave, who'd planned to re-hook up with the gorgeous Vermont bartender he once had a fling with but is instead faced with 15-month-old Nicole.

Dave Beringer hasn't figured largely in previous Bruisers books, although we'd been told that he had an injury that kept him off the rink for a long time. Here we discover he's also another kind of  player, not above using whatever gets him what he wants:

“When the right moment came, I'd turn on the charm. I was willing to play the professional athlete card, too. Although something told me that swagger wouldn't be the right play for Zara. She might be too forthright to care that I got paid millions to fly around the rink a hundred nights a year.”

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Wed
Oct 11 2017 12:30pm

Love Wins (With a Little Work)—and Romance Teaches Us How

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Romances have a happy ending, that's a given—no arguments, dammit!—but those endings in older books can seem pretty whack to someone reading them now. In the early days of Mills and Boon/Harlequin, sometimes all you needed to demonstrate an HEA was a marriage proposal: no matter what hero awfulness came before, that proof of commitment was enough. This often went along with the assumption that the heroine's life would be absorbed into the hero's; her primary job becomes wife and mother, and love is all she really needs.

Modern romances are still about love conquering all, of course, but they also acknowledge that women have ambitions and dreams, that actions have consequences, and that matching up the lives of two distinct people might not always be so simple. Lately, I've been enjoying a trend towards plots relying less on grovels or grand gestures and more on conversations, compromises, and life changes. The best of these books feature heroes and heroines who genuinely want the ones they love to achieve their dreams and are willing to cooperate.

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Sun
Oct 1 2017 10:00am

The Mystery of the Miss Fisher Movie

Miss Fisher's Phryne and Jack

The Kickstarter for the Miss Fisher movie reached its goal in one day, and the expanded goals look like they could continue to expand for weeks to come. Fan support is certainly there, and “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears” is expected to start production in 2018.

So what will we get? The producers, calling Phryne a “natural action hero,” seem to be aiming for an Indiana Jones type of story, with adventures all over the world and a mention of many “foreign lovers.”

Essie Davis as Indiana Jones is inherently awesome — I'm still sad she wasn't cast as the next Doctor — and this fits in nicely with the end of Season 3, when Phryne flies her father home to England:

Jack: “I always feared another man would sweep you away from me. I never thought it'd be your father.”
Phryne: “There's a whole world out there, Jack. He's the least of your worries.”

[We love Phrack!]

Wed
May 10 2017 12:00pm

From The Thief to The King: How Megan Whalen Turner’s Eugenides Stole Our Hearts (and the Queen of Attolia’s)

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Note: This post contains spoilers for the series. Really, really good spoilers, but spoilers nonetheless!

It's been seven years since the last book in The Queen's Thief series appeared, and fans are thrilled to finally get to return to the alternative universe in sort-of-ancient-Greece this month. Although the series mostly belongs in the young adult fantasy genre, deft characterizations, clever plotting, and an astonishing enemies-to-lovers romance arc in the second and third book have made it a hit with romance readers as well. Thick as Thieves is supposed to stand alone, but here's a spoiler-filled catch-up on some of the major plot elements and characters of the first four books.

The Thief (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is told by Gen (short for Eugenides), one of the most delightful unreliable narrators of all time. At first glance, he seems a braggart and a whiny weakling, despised by virtually everyone. We meet him in the prison of Sounis, where he's offered a bargain by the king's magus: steal something for the king, and he'll go free. The prize, we learn, is an ancient artifact which the king can use to force a marriage with the queen of Eddis, a naturally well defended mountain country that stands between him and an invasion of the country of Attolia.

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Sat
Apr 15 2017 12:00pm

Movie Night! 9 Books and the Movies That Inspired Them!

Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley

If you spend time on Heroes and Heartbreakers, or with other groups of engaged readers, you'll notice that many of us love the idea of our favorite books becoming movies. But the pleasure can also flow in the opposite direction. I'm not talking about novelizations, but about books that get a little extra kick of interest from evoking our favorite movies.

The movie-book connection doesn't have to be a literal retelling, or even necessarily intentional. As soon as I read the plot description of Jamie Wesley's opposites-attract romance Tell Me Something Good, I knew I had to read it, because the story of battling radio personalities given a show together made me think of one of my favorite movies, “He Said/She Said.” The fact that there are plenty of differences in characters and plot just made it more intriguing and made me want to see where the author would take it. (Though sadly, no one throws a mug.

Other romances which use movie plots as a take off point include Eloping with Emmy by Liz Fielding (“It Happened One Night,” but with a goodhearted rather than arrogant heroine), Short Straw Bride by Dallas Schulze (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” if it stopped with the first wedding) and My Favorite Bride by Christina Dodd (“The Sound of Music,” but with a heroine from the Regency slums rather than a convent. On her website, Dodd writes, “I get ideas everywhere — from the news, movies, books, friends, songs” so a number of her books fall into this theme. IIRC, Just The Way You Are uses several, including the musical “Bells Are Ringing.”)

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Sat
Nov 5 2016 10:00am

Don’t Be Scared to Leave Me... Er, to Read Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Leave Me by Gayle Foreman

YA author Gayle Forman's first adult novel, Leave Me, was a delightful surprise—a book that starts out frightening and upsetting, yet develops into a story with a sensitive, warmhearted spirit. Appropriately enough, it's a book I would have cherished when I was a teenager trying to move on to adult fiction, and finding that world full of unpleasant themes and people. Although not a genre romance, I think it's one that many romance readers will also enjoy.

Maribeth Klein, a married 44-year-old magazine editor and mother of twins, doesn't realize for a staggeringly long time that she's having a heart attack. Stress, anxiety, and indigestion are pretty much her New Yorker daily routine, and she doesn't even have the time to investigate. The next thing she knows, she's having emergency bypass surgery... and then trying to recover in a world in which nothing has really changed. Responsibilities. Parenting. Taxes. A husband constantly working late, a best friend/boss who no longer seems to care about her, and a mother who causes more problems than she solves. Lice. And the constant knowledge that she almost left her family forever:

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Wed
Oct 19 2016 8:30am

Books You Love, But...: An Appropriately Love/Hate Relationship with The Hating Game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game is an enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract story about two coworkers who have worked side by side, in mutual disdain, for a year. Their days are spent in strange battles with unwritten rules: The Mirror Game. The Staring Game. The (especially ugly) HR Game.

“I should mention that the ultimate aim of all our games is to make the other smile, or cry. It's something like that. I'll know when I win.

I made a mistake when I first met Joshua: I smiled at him. My best sunny smile with all my teeth, my eyes sparkling with stupid optimism that the business merger wasn't the worst thing to ever happen to me. His eyes scanned me from the top of my head to the soles of my shoes. I'm only five feet tall, so it didn't take long. Then he looked away out the window. He did not smile back, and somehow I feel like he's been carrying my smile around in his breast pocket ever since. He's one up.”

This debut novel by Sally Thorne came out to enormous acclaim. A starred review from Kirkus. Praise from The Washington Post and Library Journal. In Romancelandia, Twitter has been kvelling, “All About Romance” listed it as a Desert Island Keeper, and Smart Bitches gave it a B+.

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Wed
Oct 12 2016 2:00pm

We Need to Talk About the Almack’s Scene in Pam Rosenthals’s Almost a Gentleman

Almost a Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal

Recently Heroes and Heartbreakers asked readers, can a trope be your favorite and least favorite at the same time? It's a strange alchemy that makes a trope that's tiresome in one writer's hands a winner in another's. “Chicks in pants” is high on my list of instant turn-off tropes, but Almost a Gentleman has joined my (very) short list—The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer, The Lady's Secret by Joanna Chambers—of favorites.

Widower David, Lord Linseley, is on the watch for a suitable wife at Almack's. It's quite a shock to him to be hit with lust—or even perhaps love—at first sight:

“He roused himself from his reverie to watch a particularly graceful couple glide by. Yes, that's how it should be done, he thought. There was a purity, a concentration to the young man's swift steps, a perfection to the set of his hips and shoulders, joy of movement elevated to art through intense control and mastery. The lady held herself very upright, but one could feel a tiny shudder of surrender in her posture, a willingness to be led. One could see it in the arch at the small of her back, the confidence with which she entrusted her balance to her partner's gloved hand at her waist.

Of course that's how it's done, Linseley thought. It was how all the important things in life were done—from the body's center. It was how you guided a horse over a gate, heaved a forkful of hay onto a wagon, took a woman to bed. This new dance led one's thought to lovemaking: no wonder there had been such consternation in fashionable circles when the waltz was introduced. The couple whirled back into the crowd; losing sight of them, Lord Linseley stared at the space they'd occupied, astonished and rather shaken by the feelings that had seized him.”

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Sun
Oct 9 2016 12:00pm

The Unromantic Lady (and the Man She Can’t Resist) by Lucy Gordon

The Unromantic Lady by Lucy Gordon

Originally published in 1996, under the name Penelope Stratton, Lucy Gordon's The Unromantic Lady is a traditional Regency from the era when they were still highly influenced by Georgette Heyer, but starting to get nicely steamy. Along with subplots about the love affairs of amiable young idiots about town, encounters with Lord Byron and Wellington, and not-very-historically-accurate references to Jane Austen, we get a married couple carefully not living in each others pockets... while getting naughty under the covers every night.

Beautiful heiress Diantha is more than happy to trade her fortune for a title. The product of a miserable misalliance, she is scornful of love, and yearning for a position high enough to keep her safe from the judgements of others: “I've had it drummed into me that I was balancing on a knife edge because of my parents, and so I must be twice as blameless as any other young lady.” Still, she's a little trepidatious about the dangerously attractive Lord Chartridge:

“Now she was being urged towards a reasonable alliance with a man who was suitable in all respects. What heiress could ask for more? But these logical arguments were chased away by the memory of a man in sodden, skin-tight breeches [How Darcy of him!], his muscles straining as he brought the horses under control. She thought of the power that must live in that hard, athletic body, and a slow heated sigh broke from her.”

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Sun
Sep 11 2016 10:00am

7 Reasons I Loved New Girl’s Nick and Jess (Ness)

(Watch out! Spoilers for Seasons 1-3 of New Girl)

If you haven't watched New Girl (Seasons 1-5 currently available on Netflix; Season 6 coming to Fox September 20), it's a quirky show about a nerdy teacher named Jess who moves into a loft with 3 (later 4) guys: Schmidt is a perfectionist go-getter, Nick is a cranky crank (“A bank is just a paper bag with fancier walls”), Winston is a former basketball pro trying to find his niche, and Couch is a high energy tough guy with a marshmallow center. Hijinks ensue, including many of a romantic nature.

I'll be honest: when I started watching New Girl and saw the hints of a messy “Ness” to come—Nick/Jess—I wasn't all that thrilled. I adore romance, but shipping TV characters is exhausting. The will they/won't they... the roller coasters... the way the show has to mess with a relationship in order to keep things moving... it can easily leave a viewer feeling frustrated and manipulated. And both dorky Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and grumpy Nick (Jake Johnson) are high maintenance characters. I liked the show, but wasn't sure I wanted to invest so much energy in yet another undoubtedly doomed couple.

Having now watched Ness happen from first kiss to (first?) break up, I'm glad I didn't jump ship. Nick and Jess turned out to be an object lesson in how to do a love story arc without making me want to order them to walk the plank.

Why it works:

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Thu
Aug 11 2016 2:30pm

“Books You Love, But...”: The Limitations of Sympathy in Sarah Black’s The General and the Horse Lord

The General and the Horse-Lord by Sarah Black

A really wonderful book takes you into its own world, and with The General and the Horse-Lord, I was taken into one full of people I adored... mostly. As you might guess from the title, it's not a standard genre romance. Despite a very contemporary setting, well represented by several college-aged characters, it has a bit of the feel of a novel written in the 30s or 40s — partially because of the quiet tone, but also because the two main characters are the sorts of men you might find in those novels. They're older men in a rapidly changing world, which has both bad and good points. (Think Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, only American and far more modern in setting.)

John and Gabriel are both extremely well respected former military men who have now moved on to other careers: John teaching, Gabriel in law. They've lived lives deeply committed to public service, bringing their considerable intelligence and education to their fields. One of the sacrifices they've made for their country is each other: the joy of sleeping in the same bed, waking up together, and sharing their daily lives, instead of just snatched moments.

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Thu
Aug 4 2016 11:30am

Trope-Flippers: 5 Category Romances that “Mess” with the Formula

Smoke in the Wind by Robyn Donald

Note: These are all older books, but be aware that spoilers abound!

As I wrote recently, many category readers both enjoy their standard tropes and like to mix it up a bit. Here are some category romances that play with the genre conventions in ways a true fan can appreciate.

1. Smoke in the Wind by Robyn Donald 

Many readers have a love/hate relationship with this book; it's the kind that makes you stay up all night reading while muttering “oh my God, this is so awful” every five pages. Awful as in “gut-punching cruelty,” not as in “badly written,” because it's got some truly fascinating characterizations. One of the most interesting aspects is that the heroine is essentially the Evil Other Woman: she's the hot career woman who warns her sweet virginal cousin away from the hero and tries to use her sexual wiles to keep him. And she loses, big time. But the cool part is, the hero loses, too. Although there is some bowing to romance convention — the heroine actually only had one previous lover—the story is unique.

[Tropes, revisited]

Thu
Jul 14 2016 3:30pm

Bringing It Back: The Subtle Twists of Michelle Smart

What a Sicilian Husband Wants by Michelle Smart

Being a category romance reader can be a bit of a double-bind. On the one hand, the whole point of category lines is that you know basically what you're getting. For example, my two favorite lines are Harlequin SuperRomance and Harlequin Presents, which are almost complete opposites in style. SuperRomances are realistic, with a longer length for detail and depth of characterization; Presents are compact stories, quick shots of strong emotion and high drama. But whichever I'm in the mood for, both lines will deliver.

On the other hand... constantly getting the same thing can get old. You have to feel for the authors, especially of Presents, which tend to have a fairly rigid set of reader expectations. How do category writers keep giving what readers want and expect (and demand!) without getting stale?

Relative newcomer Michelle Smart has been showing how it's done by writing Harlequin Presents in the classic mode, but with subtle twists or a bit of flare. It's hard to convey how much small subversions can refresh a category reader's palate, but turning “oh no, not that again” into “oh, hey, cool!” can change getting what you expected into getting better than you wanted.

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Wed
May 25 2016 10:40am

Nothing Between Them: Using—and Not Using—Birth Control in Romance

Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

When it comes to depicting birth control in cis-het romance, readers fall in widely different camps. Some feel the very mention is a buzzkill. Others think leaving it out makes the characters too impossibly stupid to root for. And then there are those—hands up!—who find the world of romance a perfect place to explore ambivalence around fertility control, an edgy area that can be powerfully emotional and arousing. When a guaranteed happy ending can insure that no one has to worry about the effects of pregnancy or children on health, time, personal goals, or money, birth control—or the lack of it—can be a significant marker in the growth of a romantic relationship.

Sometimes it's an indicator of the increasing strength of passion, as in Jill Sorenson's Against The Wall, in which the couple are so carried away, they not only forget protection but get busy on the hood of a car, in a semi-public place. (Pregnancy is definitely not wanted, leading to a rare romance novel use of “Plan B.”) For Sam, in Shannon McKenna's In For the Kill, accidental unprotected sex feeds into his anger at Sveti's use of him for sex:

[It's called protection for a reason...]

Fri
Jan 29 2016 2:30pm

Finding What’s Real in Kathleen Eagle’s Carved in Stone

Carved in Stone by Kathleen Eagle

I always feel a slight disturbance in the fourth wall when I read a romance in which the heroine is a romance writer. That was very much the case with Kathleen Eagle's Carved in Stone, a story about two people who both work in worlds of fantasy: historical romance novelist Elaina Delacourte, and film actor Sky Hunter. When a carefree research trip for Elaina goes badly wrong, they're left in serious trouble with only each other to rely on, a situation which pares them down to essential reality.

The conflict between reality and fantasy is a constant theme throughout the story. At the start, Elaina and Sky are in different head spaces. Sky is sick of playing Indian stereotypes and is holding out for a role with substance. Elaina, who is fairly inexperienced with men—a much too early marriage was annulled after she miscarried—is enjoying seeing how similar romance is to what she's imagined:

“You've got nothing to worry about, Elaina,” Sky said near her ear. “I'm a pussycat.”

She lifted her head, frowning delicately. “I'm not worried.”

“Some women are at this point.”

“And just what is 'this point'?”

He smiled a slow, knowing smile. “The point where we test things out. We see how it feels to touch, using the socially approved method.” (They're dancing.)

She had to remind herself that she knew all that. She wrote these scenes, after all. And it worked, by God, like a charm. His legs brushed against hers just enough to send a shimmering current of warmth from the point of contact to her stomach. She wondered whether the satisfaction she was feeling was predominately intellectual or physical.

[Eagle explores it all in this classic romance novel ...]

Fri
Jan 15 2016 12:30pm

Love Made Visible: Fan Art for Our Favorite Authors

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Note: This post may contain some light spoilers for various series, especially for fans of Rainbow Rowell, KJ Charles, and Cassandra Clare, read with caution!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of living in an internet world is the outlet it provides for fans to express and share their love for books. Passion and creativity can create wonderful new works of art, from fanfiction and filk songs to videos and visual art. The immediacy and accessibility of fan art makes it one of my favorite mediums: even if you aren't familiar with a book, you can enjoy the artist's style and enthusiasm, and sites like Tumblr and DeviantArt make it easy for us less creative “appreciators” to find illustrations of the works we love.

I first became interested in fan art after seeing the emotion-filled Eleanor and Park images retweeted by author Rainbow Rowell, my attention especially grabbed by interpretations of a beautiful fat heroine. (The book covers had kind of let me down, there.) Some of these images have since been used in a gorgeous special edition of the book, including my favorite, “The Kiss” by Simini Blocker.

[Fan art love ...]

Wed
Dec 23 2015 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 3

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 3 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and stay tuned for Part 4:

John Jacobson:

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne - Byrne’s new historical is lush and provocative, with the deep language and drama of older historicals and the escapist spunk of newer historicals. Her characters are entrancing in their emotional depth. I was taken away by the narrative - there’s no other book like it out there today.

What a Devilish Duke Desires by Vicky Dreiling - Dreiling writes sweet historical romances with a sexy zing. This book hits all of the high notes with strong threads of dramatic action and romantic longing. The hero and the heroine are fundamentally good people caught up in bad circumstances, and the way Dreiling unveils their happily ever after is expert. Dreiling’s added homage to popular reality television in a Regency-garbed setting creates a humor that makes it the perfect sweet confection.

[What are your top 2015 recommendations? ...]

Sun
Dec 6 2015 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: Master of None’s Dev/Rachel

Shipping Sunday: Master of None's Dev and Rachel

A Netflix original series that feels like a diversely cast, millennial Seinfeld, with a dash of Louie, Master of None chronicles the everyday adventures of Dev, a second generation Indian-American, working as an actor in New York. It's hardly a show about “nothing” though: topics include aging, parenting, sexism, racism, and the immigrant experience. And, of course, relationships.

Dev and Rachel's arc gets off to a distinctly weird start, when a condom mishap turns their random hook-up into a trip to the drugstore for Plan B. Although it seems like the kiss of death to any kind of future, Dev acquits himself in a slightly goofy but gentlemanly fashion throughout this awkward-as-fuck situation, making it unsurprising that Rachel is happy to run into him again later. 

[We love all the randomness of this couple ...]

Wed
Nov 25 2015 2:00pm

Getting In the Spirit: Male/Male Best Bets for November 2015

Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

Holiday romances have become as much a sign of November as falling leaves and leftover turkey. This month offers some that are typically mushy and heartwarming, and also some with a little more edge. If neither is your thing, there's also a sun-drenched contemporary and a forbidden love historical.

Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas #3) by Heidi Cullinan

Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

 But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection.

When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

The third in Cullinan's popular Minnesota Christmas series. Is Paul really the last single man standing? Tune in next November to find out. Will there be more penis sculptures in holiday romances? Read on...

[Lift your spirit with these male/male Best Bets...]