August 17th, 2012

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Snow on the Mountain by P.D. Singer

Like for the previous book in the series, Fire on the Mountain, the description of a lifestyle that is completely different from mine is so vivid that I was really into it and had almost the feeling to be an expert at the end of the novel. And it’s strange since the men are the same, the experience is completely different.

In Fire on the Mountain, Jake and Kurt are mountain fire rangers for the summer season, and their experience in that book was almost claustrophobic, two men alone in the mountain for six months with very little chance to meet somone else for the whole season. If I remember well, both Jake and Kurt were attracted to each other, but Jake was not completely out and he was not certain of Kurt’s mutual interest; on the other hand, Kurt, more experienced and less shy, was teasing Jake, inviting him to do a move, probably not understand that Jake was still a naïve in the seduction game.

Same men, completely different habitat: now Jake and Kurt are respectively ski lift operator and ski instructor in a fashionable ski resort; the place is full of people, but it’s the same claustrophobic, since everybody knows everybody, and Jake and Kurt are not yet so confident in their relationship to be out and proud, or at least Jake is not. Kurt indead surprised me, since I remember he was the one with more experience on the facts of life, and here he naively got stuck with a job that is the screen for an escort service.

Maybe for insecurity, maybe since they are still in the training period, it takes a bit to Jake and Kurt to resolve a situation that apparently was pretty simple; and what at first was almost a bad, but funny joke, will turn into a nightmare and there will be even a dead man. This was something I remember also from the previous novel, these stories start with a quiet and peaceful setting, a simple and sweet romance, to turn in a thriller, with unexpected consequences. Due to the different setting, even if the characters are the same, the feeling was not of a repetition, but more of a variation on the same theme.

The main difference is that in Snow on the Mountain, also Kurt has his own voice, something that instead in Fire on the Mountain you had to imagine. In this way the reader has a chance to better understand him, and to confirm my first impression: Jake is a bighearted and nice, but the real brain of the couple is Kurt.

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Amazon: Snow on the Mountain
Amazon Kindle: Snow on the Mountain
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727097
ISBN-13: 978-1613727096

Series:
1) Fire on the Mountain: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/751165.html
2) Snow on the Mountain

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: S.A. Garcia - An Elf for All Centuries

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Albuquerque in October (http://gayromlit.com/authors.php) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: every day I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments! (comments close on August 19)

And the ebook giveaway goes to: tessanoil, please contact me.

Today author is S.A. Garcia (http://oscarsbruisedpetals.blogspot.com/)

An Elf for All Centuries by S.A. Garcia
Publisher: Silver Publishing (May 26, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: An Elf for All Centuries

Elf Prince Fabion enjoys the perfect supermodel lifestyle until wizard Matradorian chucks him back in time to save Henda, the sexy, powerful elf king. Since the death of his lover, Henda has lingered in a half-alive, half-dead state. Surprisingly, Fabion is a spiritual match for Henda's dead lover, so only he can save the dying king.

Fabion uses his sexy bod and sweet lovin' to revive the elf king. All seems well until he realizes that by saving Henda, his own timeline was destroyed and he must stay in this ancient land forever. Fabion pitches the biggest temper tantrum of any century.

Soon a new threat emerges which puts his life in fresh danger. Now who wants to kill him?
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The Christmas Wager by Jamie Fessenden

This was like one of those Victorian Christmas romances, very common if you enjoy historical romances. Usually, under Christmas, the romance series like Harlequin and Mills&Boon ask to their more important authors to write a Christmas story; these stories are always sweet more than passionate, and they have, of course, an happily ever after. But more than that, for all the novel, you are never worried for your heroes, since you are sure they are enjoying a Seasonal romance with you and they will be happy in the end.

This is it for Thomas and Andrew; when the novel starts Thomas is the disowned son of a duke who can barely afford a room at the University Club. Most of the time he is helped by his good friend Andrew, the son of a wealthy merchant. Not that at Thomas cares much that his friend his not nobility, and they really are tight, someone could say as tight as lovers. But Thomas is really naïve, and he has never questioned Andrew’s attachment. On the other side Andrew is well aware to be in love with Thomas, but for the sake of their friendship, he has never said a word.

I think Andrew’s move to have the both of them spending Christmas with Thomas’s family was more something he did for Thomas. He convinced his friend he wanted to see how Christmas season is in a country Manor House, but to me it seemed he wanted for Thomas to reconcile with his family, after he ran away 6 years before to avoid to marry the woman picked by his father.

From the moment they arrive, to discover that in the last 3 years there was not Christmas at the house due to the mourning for Thomas’s sister in love passing, to the time they will leave, everything will change. Without much drama, and I would daresay, not much surprise, Thomas will realize his interest in Andrew is more than a simple friendship, and when Andrew will finally admit his own feelings, Thomas is more than ready to look at his friend with different eyes. Their love story is sweet and the happily ever after smells of all the good things you can eat at Christmas. I will not say it’s an impossible ending, I learned long ago few example of same sex happily ever after were possible, so I will sit down, and enjoy the comfortable and warm feeling of this novel.

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Amazon Kindle: The Christmas Wager
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 20, 2010)

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Cover Art by Paul Richmond
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Love Is In The Title by R.J. Scott

A sweet, short story about boy meets boy and boy falls in love for boy. Sweet as sweeter you cannot, since it’s all about a night, and these boys have only the time to kiss and promise forever to each other… how cute they are when they are so young and innocent… but then maybe they are wiser than those adults who don’t dare to love so strongly.

Luke is gay and in love with Cameron. Only that Luke and Cameron move in different circle, Luke is a nerd, Cameron is a jock, Cameron is wealthy, Luke has to work to save money for college, Luke is gay and Cameron is straight… or maybe not?

Luke has spent the last few months pining over Cameron, and sending him anonymous dedica over the local Friday night radio show. This Friday is not different, only that this time, Cameron seems to listen in a different way to what the radio is playing.

Short but in a way complete, Luke and Cameron’s story is warm and feels good. I see a bright future in front of them.

Amazon Kindle: Love Is In The Title
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