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Minnesota Christmas #1
The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.
Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.
Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.
Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.
What a fun read. This was the perfect cold Saturday afternoon book, it's funny and sexy with character's you wanted to read more about.
Frankie had some bad small town experiences growing up. So when he wrecks his car in a blizzard driving home from his parents house after Thanksgiving, he doesn't know what to expect from the little town of Logan . When he finds an empty cabin he just hopes the owner will allow him to ride the storm out.
Marcus, Arthur and Paul return to their cabin to find Frankie asleep on the couch. The three "bears" are more than willing to help him out until the storm passes. Marcus, the grumpy bear of the bunch is attracted to Frankie but he reminds him too much of his cheating ex from the city.
Frankie can't figure out why Marcus keeps growling at him and doesn't seem to like him but it's about time someone called him on it. What happens next may change everything for both men if they are willing to open up.
Ok so Marcus really starts out as an ass but I warmed up to him pretty quickly. I was a fan of Frankie's from the beginning and was rooting for the smaller man was going to take the giant down. Arthur, Paul, and Patty from the diner are all strong secondary characters and added a lot to the story line. But my favorite arc was about Mimi, Marcus' mom, and the retirement home, what a wonderful addition to the book.
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Samhain Publishing. Many thanks!
Minnesota Christmas #2
The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.
Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.
It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.
As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.
Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.
This story picks up a year after Let it Snow, and at first I was a little disappointed that Arthur and Paul didn't work out, but when I read it, it totally made sense. And besides we get Gabriel!
It's starts out as an opposites attract book but the deeper into the story you get, you find they are not as opposite as they seem. Thankfully for both men Arthur's mom was totally on point.
Arthur knows he is being manipulated and he isn't happy about it. But the more time he spends with Gabriel the more he wants to get to know the shy librarian. The first time he puts his hands on the man he knows that he can give Gabriel everything he doesn't know he needs.
Gabriel does not like Arthur Anderson, he is rude and a brute. Then the two men are forced to work together on a fund-raising project for the library and things heat up quickly. Arthur makes Gabriel face some very real truths about the kind of relationship he wants, and Gabriel isn't sure he can accept those things about himself.
I loved loved loved this story. The chemistry between Arthur and Gabriel is hot enough to melt the Minnesota snow! The message of acceptance in this book is beautiful in all it's different versions. This was the perfect Holiday read for me.