Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/21/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Winter Holiday
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.
I went back and forth on whether or not to read Holiday House swap. Every time I hear the title, I immediately think of a certain mainstream movie starring Kate Winslet and
Cameron Diaz. However, Sarah Madison wrote one of my favorite series in the genre, so I decided to give it a shot.
I am very glad I made that choice. Noah and Connor snuck into my heart. They were sweet and bumbling and not quite sure of where they wanted to end up. Even in the end they were only at the beginning. I loved that. It made their entire three weeks seem possible and real, not the result of Christmas magic.
Yes, there were some predictable moments and contrived situations. However, they were quickly forgotten and/or forgiven as the story continued to move forward. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. Also, Madison’s love for animals comes through. The authenticity she lends to the horses and their care just added to the realism of this world.
If you want a sweet story of two men who need each other more than they need themselves that just happens to be set around the Christmas holidays, I can’t recommend Holiday House Swap highly enough.
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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