Hanukkah on Retainer by Astrid Amara ~ Book Review by Queue

hanukkahonretainerTitle: Hanukkah on Retainer

Author: Astrid Amara

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/01/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Sequel of Crash Plus Expenses

Ever since their plane went down in the Alaskan wilderness and they survived the crash, starvation, and a bear attack, Dan Lewinski and Connor Katz have been inseparable. Now they’re preparing for their first Hanukkah together. Connor is finally hoping for some normalcy in his life. And things between them are good. Really good.

In fact the only conflict between them is the evidence Connor stole from the cult of the Conscripted Army of God. Dan wants Connor to testify and use the documents to bring down the cult before it shatters any more lives. Connor wants to put the past in the past and not embroil himself in the cult’s business any more than he already has.

But then Connor’s little sister Kyrie shows up on the first night of Hanukkah. She’s finished her de-programming and wants to get closer to Connor, despite the fact that she still has ties to the cult, especially her boyfriend. But when the cult that made Connor’s young life a nightmare lures Kyrie back, he has no choice but to fight with everything he’s got.

My View:

Hanukkah on Retainer is the sequel to Crash Plus Expenses which I loved so I was excited to see the sequel. Sequels usually disappoint me and I end up liking them a little less than the original. But that was not the case here. This novella was just as exciting and well-written as the first.

It’s been several months since Dan and Connor fell in love after a plane They’re still in love but living separately. It’s the holiday season but these guys are both Jewish so its Hanukkah for them. One problem, Connor was raised in a religious cult and he has no idea what the practices are.

Connor’s past is a big part of the story. The Conscripted Army of God isn’t happy that Connor escaped and has proof of their wrongdoings. He also leveraged his evidence to get his younger sister, Kyrie, out of the cult as well.

Dan and Connor’s plans to celebrate Hanukkah with their families changes when Kyrie shows up on Connor’s doorstep. She’s been living with an uncle who doesn’t pay much attention to her. Her relationship with Connor is strained because she misses her friends—and boyfriend—who are still in the cult.

It was entertaining watching how Kyrie and Connor got closer, mainly thanks to Dan. Though the issue of the cult is always in the background, the real story here is one of family. How love can heal past hurts and forge toward the future.

The cult causes major problems with Connor’s and Kyrie’s lives, but I don’t want to ruin the surprises. There was well-written action scenes that are as strong as the scenes where Connor and Dan bond.

Another great story that fits well with the previous book. I love Dan and Connor as a couple and hope to see them again.

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Links

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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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