December’s Reading Challenge to read a holiday themed novel turned out to be a resounding success for me!
My first selection is a very steamy read by Marie Harte, All I Want for Halloween. The love interests, Sadie Liberato and Gear Blackstone, meet during an early Halloween party and wowza! These two are meant to be together! Sadie is unapologetically uncensored in everything she says and does. I found it impossible not love someone who speaks her mind and goes after what she wants (most of the time). Gear is a rough around the edges, motorcycle mechanic who has been cast the bad guy in a very public parting of ways with his ex-fiancee and former friend and business partner. Like Sadie, he says what he thinks and he is refreshingly honest with Sadie about the future he envisions for them. A very sweet, yet sizzling hot romance that also has a few guest appearances by characters from some of Ms. Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys and The Donnigans series.
In a bit of a contrast, my other selection, The Sparky by Marek Moran, is a low-key love story that is incredibly heartwarming. Aaron is surprised when his new neighbor Paul turns out to be a mature and responsible man with a young daughter. Although a friendship between computer geek Aaron and country boy electrician Paul seems unlikely, they wind up spending a lot of their evenings together. Aaron is comfortable with his sexuality but uncomfortable with his attraction to his straight new friend. Needless to say, he is shocked once their friendship turns into a very unlikely romance. But Christmas on Paul’s cattle station ends up being a defining moment in their fledgling romance. I really loved everything about this novel and I will definitely be reading more of Marek Moran’s books.
Now it’s your turn! Did you complete your challenge? Did you like the book you chose?
Read about this month’s challenge HERE.