Men Under The Mistletoe by Various ~ Book Review by Caroline

12961167Title: Men Under The Mistletoe

Author: Various

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/06/2011

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Historical, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Winter Holiday

Blurb:

Baby it’s Cold Outside

A man receives the gift of pleasure at the hands of two expert lovers. Boyhood sweethearts get a second chance at romance. Two very proper gentlemen indulge their forbidden desires. And a Christmas tree farmer has an epiphany. It may be cold outside but these four holiday novellas will warm you up.

Anthology includes:

My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March
Winter Knights by Harper Fox
Lone Star by Josh Lanyon
The Christmas Proposition by K.A. Mitchell

Stories also available for purchase separately.

My View:

My True Love Gave To Me – Ava March

Ava March made us wait until almost the end of this short historical romance for any sign of happiness. The story starts 4 years earlier with Thomas and Alexander falling for each other and planning for a night before Christmas together. Thomas balks at the last minute and flees their hideaway and isn’t seen in London for four years

Those four years give Alexander plenty of time to erect the walls around his heart and he becomes a much colder image of his former self. Thomas returns from the States, he had ran and stayed with an Uncle, looking for forgiveness and a second chance. It will take every skill he has to get Alexander to even listen to him never mind promise him anything else.

Winter Knights – Harper Fox

I have to confess that I loved the writing but the story has left me a bit confused! This takes history, folklore and legends and wraps it up in a modern day romance – sort of! Gavin and Piers were three years into a relationship that seemed completely out of sync. Apparently the best way to fix it after an ultimatum gone wrong is to wander out onto the moors, fall down a hole and be rescued by two people who consume your every thought. But did it even happen?

Lone Star – Josh Lanyon

Lone Star is a second chance at love story involving Mitch and Web. Lovers as teens Mitch ran away from his small town twelve years ago after coming out to his father didn’t go well and Web said he couldn’t give him what he needed. Back in town to sort out his father’s estate the first person he runs into is Web, well after the Reindeer and I’m still not sure what that was about. There is quite a lot going on in this short story until the boys reach a HFN.

The Christmas Proposition – KA Mitchell

Another second chance at love story set around Christmas trees and oddly endearing nativity scenes. Bryce left town and his lover Mel three years ago but he’s back and they immediately pick up where they left off. The best description would be short, sweet and hot but every time Bryce tries to get any sort of commitment Mel balks. The ending was fitting if not a bit evil but for Bryce it seems third time is the charm.

I’m not a huge fan of holiday stories (gasp) but this anthology worked well for me. With only four stories and a bit of variation it hit just the right spot.

Links

Men Under The Mistletoe on Goodreads
Carina Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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