Friday Reads | The Christmas Mansion

The last read of the year! I was going back, thinking maybe this would be post #52 in the Friday Reads category and turning it into an anniversary post of sorts – it’s #54. Apparently, I didn’t start 2016 by deciding to do Friday Reads posts, I started in December 2015. Time flies. So, for this 54th post, I’ve read The Christmas Mansion by Hollis Shiloh.

I’m absolutely certain I’ve read Hollis Shiloh before but according to my read shelf on Goodreads I haven’t. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t, though, I fear I’ve read a lot of books that never made it to my GR shelves.

The Christmas Mansion is a short, sweet story about a man fixing up a mansion for a Christmas party and the magician he hires to help him.

It’s a gentle story in a historical setting, but apart from the mentioning of Christmas a few times I didn’t get a holiday feeling. This is not a steamy read, it’s not packed with action, and even though the love interest is a magician there isn’t much of the paranormal either…but it’s sweet.

If you want one last Christmas read for the year, check it out.

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Book Cover The Christmas Mansion by Hollis ShilohIn a world of gas lighting and horse-drawn carriages, Rex is fixing up an old mansion to host a Christmas party for his wealthy family’s business. He meets a gentle, insecure magician named Gene, who’s come to work on the crumbling mansion’s moldings. He doesn’t expect to fall in love.

Note: This story first appeared in “Christmas Delights,” a collection of Male/Male gay romance stories set in and around the
Christmas season.

Length: 9,615 words

Heat level: sweet

Themes: Christmas, magic, gay romance, sweet romance, historical fantasy


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Friday Reads | A Christmas Outing

My life is utter chaos – the food is on the stove, my sister has gone into labour, my little one fell down the stairs and does now have a black eye, my mum is on her way here, the vacuum cleaner is still in the kitchen, the rest of the kids are vibrating with expectations, my husband is shielding himself with his guitar, and one of the cats is walking all over the keyboard. But, I have read a story!

I picked a short story for this day since it’s the day before the day (here, I know most of you celebrate on the 25th but we don’t). A Christmas Outing by Jonathan Hill is a Christmas coming out story, not necessarily what I usually read, but this is brilliant.

I had a laugh reading about poor David and his insane family – there was a lot of recognition there LOL. David is planning on telling his parents he’s gay and that Jamie, his boyfriend, actually is his boyfriend and not just a friend from school, but his parents’ focus is everything else and making himself heard in the chaos isn’t easy. It’s sweet, and it’s funny, and David’s sister is insane. I also might have to steal the name Godfrey for some future story, it has a certain ring to it.

I know no one has any time to spare this weekend, but if you happen to find yourself with half an hour or so do check this one out, it’s well worth it.

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Book Cover A Christmas Outing by Jonathan HillIt’s that time of year again, when Mum insists on dragging us to the Christmas markets. This year is a bit different, though, as my friend Jamie is coming too.

Mum is so stressed about enjoying the evening that she probably won’t enjoy it, Dad has conveniently developed a sudden fear of crowds to try to get out of it, and I’m waiting for the right moment to tell them both that Jamie is more than just a friend…

A feel-good comedy short story of around 10,000 words.


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Friday Reads | Joys R Us

I’ve just finished reading Joys R Us by Kim Fielding. If you’re looking for a sweet Christmas read with a focus on the joy of the holiday instead of steamy scenes then this is a story for you!

I really enjoyed it. I loved the beginning of the story when Reece’s sister orders him to help her get a special, queuing-all-night kind of toy and he is arguing for a deposit to the nephew’s college fund instead. It could’ve been me. Not that my kids don’t get toys but I do like practical things.

Reece is standing in line all night, but then things get out of hand. He trampled to the ground and misses out on the toy. Angel, the toy store manager, is there to patch him up and then sparks fly. When I say sparks fly I don’t mean that they rip each other’s clothes off and get it on in the toy store. No, this really is a sweet story with smiles, the occasional touch, and a promise of something more in the future.

I’ve read quite a few of Kim Fielding’s stories and I always like them. If you haven’t read anything by her you should check her out.

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Book Cover Joys R Us by Kim FieldingReece is a practical, orderly man, a financial analyst who considers most holiday events wasteful. But his sister coerces him into standing in line overnight for this year’s must-have toy. Supplies prove smaller than expected, and Reece gets trampled in the resulting stampede. Toy store manager Angel tends to Reece’s wounds. When Angel discovers Reece’s cynical attitude, he invites Reece to spend Christmas Eve with him. Over the course of the day, Angel shows Reece what Christmas means to him. With Angel’s guidance, maybe Reece can finally understand the joy of the holiday—and maybe even find love as well.


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