Holiday House Swap
Author: Sarah Madison
Genre: M/M Romance
Reclusive writer Noah Kinley is facing a dilemma: how to confess to the world he’s really the author of a best-selling romance series. For years, his friend Julie has been the face of his brand, but she wants her life back now. Fast running out of ideas for his popular series, Noah wants to break out into other genres. Not that he’s writing much of anything at the moment anyway, thanks to paralyzing writer’s block. With his publisher breathing down his neck for the next installment, he hopes a change of scene will get his writer’s juices flowing again. Desperate enough to try anything, during the holidays Noah swaps his isolated cabin in the woods for a gentrified horse farm.
USAF Major Connor Harrison has chosen forced retirement over facing charges for an unauthorized mission to rescue a buddy from behind enemy lines. No one expects him home for the holidays, and he certainly didn’t anticipate finding a stranger in his house, much less Noah Kinley with his acid tongue and a wry sense of humor that pierces all of Connor’s defenses.
Both men need to figure out what the next chapter in their lives will be—and whether it will include each other.
Okay, now this? Absolutely adorable, fun and just a great story to make you smile-doesn't matter if you're reading it as a holiday romance or at any time of the year. I loved the characters, I thought this was a solid, strong story, and the bit of deception that was going on-well, I liked how it was all resolved.
On a scale of one to ten for meet-cute scenes, Noah and Connor's scene gets a big 10 from me. It really sets the atmosphere for the story quite well, and I found myself smiling a large part of the time while reading this book-with the biggest smile starting in that first meeting scene. Each with their own issues to work through, each with their own plans...and both falling for each other-this equals a winning combination for me, particularly with these characters. Oh, and just because I feel like teasing...oh my goodness, that skinny-dipping pool scene (um, sure Connor, go right ahead and check that out since you haven't seen it before, as readers we're all sitting here curious too)...sorry, I just couldn't resist that tease.
I thought Noah was being sweet-if a little pushy-in trying to help Connor out, but honestly to me it showed how much Noah cared and how invested he already was. And Connor-I love how supportive he was of Noah once he found out the teeny tiny secret he was hiding. Noah was so sweet, and the way he says what he thinks with pretty much no filter is refreshing...particularly when he's sick and doesn't realize he's voicing his thoughts out loud!
I'm adding this one to my yearly holiday re-read list, I thought it was a wonderful story and it was a 4.5-star read for me. I do strongly recommend Holiday House Swap to any M/M romance fan, particularly if you're looking for holiday romance. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content. And that just brings me right back to that pool scene. Sorry, I'm teasing again. Okay, not sorry ;-)
Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a big dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.
Sarah enjoys placing hot men in hot water to see how strong they are—like teabags, only sexier. This motto allows her to play in a wide variety of genres, from FBI guys to shifters, with some WW2 fighter pilots and space adventurers tossed in for good measure.
Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. The Boys of Summer won Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards. The Sixth Sense series was voted 2nd place in the 2014 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Mystery series, and 3rd place in the 2105 PGR Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series.
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