Ugly Christmas Sweater

So I’ve started reading Christmas stories, apparently. Ugly Christmas Sweater by Tara Harris. I haven’t read anything by Tara Harris before, but the title snagged my attention LOL.

Joel is a shy, quiet guy who’s had a crush on his friend Nick for ages so when Nick calls him and asks him to come to a mutual friend’s Christmas party Joel says yes. On the way there, he learns that it’s an ugly Christmas sweater party but not worry, Nick has a sweater for him.

This is a cute, funny, friends to lovers story. Sometimes it was a bit hard to know who was saying what and another round of proofreading might have been good, but the idea was fun.

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Ugly Christmas SweaterJoel’s never been on Santa’s Naughty List.

But what happens when the ugly Christmas sweaters come off?

When his gorgeous friend Nick invites him to an ugly Christmas sweater party, Joel can’t say no. Even though going on a non-date with the guy he’s been crushing on forever is officially a Bad Idea. But who’d have thought Nick could look so hot in a Christmas tree sweater with actual blinking lights?

When the sweater Nick lends Joel turns out to be baby blue with flying bunny reindeer, Joel feels like a total dork. In fact, he’s ready to spend the whole party hiding in the bathroom. But something in Nick’s eyes gives him a sudden surge of confidence. If things go Joel’s way, he might end up on Santa’s naughty list this year.

This sweet bit of holiday fluff is for a mature audience. It has a happy ending, no cliffhanger, and a deliciously gooey center.

Must Read Monday

I’m doing a #DiscoverMMRomance Challenge on Instagram, and on the 15th the prompt was Fave MM Rereads. I quickly listed a few stories that I’ve read more than once, created a square picture out of six covers and thought that’ll do.

But after having posted those six stories, I started thinking. I re-read books when I’m after something special, in the mood for something particular. My go-to books are of different genres and lengths, and I appreciate different things in them.

Then I started wondering about all the books I’ve read and loved but never once considered re-reading. Why do I read some books several times and others just once when I might like the ones I’ve only read once more than some books I’ve read several times? I have no idea, must be that I wish to surround myself with the atmosphere of a certain book…maybe.

I thought I’d make a list post, not of my favourite books perhaps, but of my go-to re-reads. So here we go… It’s a little like baring my soul, now you’ll have a list of my guilty pleasures LOL.

 

10 of Ofelia’s go-to M/M Romance re-reads

 

BloodravenBloodraven by P.L. Nunn. Awesome, gruesome, bloody and cruel. This book is tagged as taboo erotica. I don’t consider myself to be a reader of taboo erotica…except when we’re talking about Ogres. Yhalen is captured, raped, tortured, and forced to be a slave. His master is a monster, at least he thinks so at first.


Yakuza Pride Yakuza Pride by H.J. Brues. Yakuza – we’re talking tattoos and violence and Japan. We have a scary mob boss who falls in love with an illustration of children’s books.


The Last Pure HumanThe Last Pure Human by Twisted Hilarity. This is online fiction, free fiction, and sadly it’s a WIP that probably never will be completed. But we have a cat-alien who needs to mate or he’ll die, and the only one available is a small creature of unknown race.


Bone Rider While we’re on the subject of Sci-Fi, we’ll go to Bone Rider by J. Fally. This is such an amazing book. Riley figures out his boyfriend is an assassin for the Russian mob and runs. At first, it goes well, but then an alien armour system hijacks his body and all of sudden he’s on the run from both the Russian mob and the military. I love this book.


Between Sinners and SaintsBetween Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton. That I have this as a recurring re-read is a bit strange. Usually, I don’t touch books with religious themes, not if I can avoid it, but I guess this is the exception that proves the rule. Levi is a Mormon but since being gay isn’t accepted he leaves his family behind and spends his days surfing and sleeping around until he meets Jamie. The only problem is that Jamie refuses to go out with him.


Out of the BlacknessOut of the Blackness by Carter Quinn. Child abuse and years in foster care has left Avery with crippling anxiety. He doesn’t want to be around people, and he doesn’t get why Noah, a tall, broad-shouldered man, insists on having his lunch at Avery’s workplace or why he keeps coming back to talk to Avery.


Rarely Pure and Never SimpleRarely Pure & Never Simple by Angel Martinez. Another man who also wants to be left alone is Damien. But when children are going missing, he’s called into work since he’s a locator, a human GPS, and as if that isn’t bad enough, he has to work with Blaze a sparker with a violent temper. Blaze can’t help but be intrigued by Damien.

Rarely Pure & Never Simple is no longer available, but I have a copy so I can read it as many times as I want to, ha!


A Matter of Time A Matter of Time by Mary Calmes. Sometimes I just need a Sam and Jory fix, simple as that. Sam is the alpha male, the cop, the protector, and Jory is the flighty little thing who just gets into trouble wherever he goes. Perhaps not the most original set up, but if it ain’t broken don’t fix it.


ProtectionProtection by S.A. Reid and T. Baggins ( they’re one and the same…and have more names too :D). Prison – cold, dark, violence, rape in the shower, sadistic doctor and an ending that makes me cry my eyes out. There is no HEA here, this book wrecks me.


Freighter FlightsFreighter Flights by Drew Zachary. This is one of those books that I’ve read several times. It’s not that good, and yet there is something that pulls me in. Will is a pilot, Tab, his mechanic, and most often they shout at each other and then end up kissing and then goes back to shouting and so on.

Another book that isn’t available anymore.


The Red KingThe Red King by Rosemary O’Malley. This is another one that really isn’t my usual kind of read. I don’t read many historicals, but damn this book is so good, and dark, and intense.

 


That makes 11, right? Ah, well, why limit yourself?

What are your fave re-reads?

Lonewolf

In the mood for some werewolves?

Today, I know what I’ve read, and that’s Lonewolf by J.L Merrow. I’ve read a few Merrow books before, but it was a long time ago now. I’ve liked all of them so why it’s gone so long I don’t know, but it’s been a couple of years, at least, since I read one.

I saw Lonewolf on Amazon on a list over short reads and picked it up. It wasn’t until I went on GR after I’d read it I realised this story has upset several readers. I’ve only read the revised version, but I understand some things have been removed or at least reworded.

Carl is in Stuttgart, and there he hooks up with a guy. It turns bloody, and Carl turns furry LOL. He sees himself as a monster and isolates himself in fear of hurting the people around him.

Years later he’s going back to search for the man who turned him, but he’s coming up empty. He finds something else…or perhaps I should say someone else, though.

I really liked the ending, it left me grinning.

This is just a short little story written to give a background story to one of the characters in Merrow’s Camwolf series. I don’t think you have to have read it to be able to enjoy Lonewolf, though – I haven’t.

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Sex with a stranger can be riskier than you know… particularly if that stranger turns out to be a werewolf. A companion to — or appetiser for — my novel Camwolf.

Two years ago a casual encounter in Stuttgart left Carl changed forever. He thought he could handle being a werewolf—until he passed the curse on to his English lover, Nick Sewell.

Now Carl’s come back to Germany to look for answers from the man who made him a monster. But Stefan’s disappeared, and in his place Carl finds Christian, who may have as much to hide as Carl does—or even more.

This is a short story in the same universe as Camwolf, but with different main characters. If you’ve read the novel you may recall that Nick Sewell was turned into a werewolf three years before the start of Camwolf by his then lover, Carl Fisher. This is Carl’s story, and it’s a dark little tale.


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