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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: #38 – Happy Holidays…

Boys in our Books Friday Question of the Week!

Each week we’ll ask a question about your reading experience. Our review team will give our answers and we encourage you to join in and comment with your answers as well!  Let’s talk about BOOKS! :)


What’s your favorite holiday read?


My favorite holiday read is Lone Star by Josh Lanyon. It was the first Christmas-themed book I’d ever read AND it was my first Lanyon. It’s perfect: the characters are rich and full of depth, I loved the cop (Texas State Trooper, GASP)/dancer pairing, and it was the ideal length. I can’t wait to read it again this holiday season!


Holiday anthologies from Carina Press are usually awesome. Having said that, I would go with “Icecapade” from Josh Lanyon. It has my favorite trope of one who got away. It was also one of my fee 5* read. Reason? Baby Llama…


My go to holiday read would be Merry Gentlemen.

But I also LOVED Sixty Five Hours: The Twelve Days of Christmas and First Christmas: Marcus and Thomas Christmas Vignette and Blame It on the Mistletoe and Lone Star and Sock it to Me, Santa!

*sheepish smile* what can I say? I like holiday stories.


I’ve been looking forward to re-reading The Student Prince around Christmas. For me, it just has that merry, happy, Christmas-y feel to it.


I am sap and sucker for Holiday reads!

Lone Star was my first Josh Lanyon ever and I adored it.

There are some that are fun, Blame It on the Mistletoe, Merry Gentlemen and Sock it to Me, Santa! and also so stinking cute that you can’t help but love them.

There are the ones that leave you breathless and in awe like, Gaudete. If you haven’t read this, read it. That’s all.

There are the ones that are heartbreaking and beautiful like Something to Believe In. Don’t let that cover fool you, this short Christmas story is heartbreaking and so emotional but it embodies what I love about Christmas and the magic the time of year brings.

But, if I had to choose just one (which is obviously a hard thing for me to do) I would pick Where the Lovelight Gleams. It was the perfect Holiday read for me and it will be read each year, that I know for sure. .


I love Josh Lanyon’s Christmas novellas, but my favorite may be –The Dickens With Love. After I read it, I trolled around Seattle to find a bar that could make a stardust martini, a drink the characters very much enjoyed in the story. (I did finally find it–it was delish!)


I only started reading m/m holiday stories last year, if you can believe it! I don’t know why, but I never thought I’d be interested! And then last year, I went CRAZY! My favorites are “Blame it on the Mistletoe” by Eli Easton (‘cuz FIELDING!!!!), “Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles (my dream is now to visit the Bath Christmas market), a couple lesser-read ones: “In Another Life” by Cardeno C (I loved this story SO MUCH…it’s one of my favorite reads in 2013!) and for a really really charming short story “Snow Globeby LE Franks.

*pssssst* …can I just say… I CANNOT WAIT for the Comfort and Joy” anthology coming out December 9th!!!! Josh Lanyon, Harper Fox, Joanna Chambers, and LB Gregg???!!! ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME????!!!!! #dead.


14 comments on “QUESTION OF THE WEEK: #38 – Happy Holidays…

  1. LegeArtis
    December 5, 2014

    Lanyon’s Lone Star and Christmas codas would be my answer as well. :)
    @Susan: December 9th? Nooo, I thought it’s out on December 7th. :pouts:
    I am so looking forward to this, great selection of authors. :)


  2. Leigh
    December 5, 2014

    Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane is probably my all-time favorite, but there’s so many that I love! I’m glad to see Gaudete mentioned. It’s so gorgeous.


  3. suze294
    December 5, 2014

    Lone Star was my first Josh Lanyon read – and in the anthology that had Icecapade was Nine Lights over Edinburgh, a very firm favourite up there with 65hrs 12 days of Christmas – quite different but both regular rereads any time of year


  4. Barbra
    December 5, 2014

    I’ve read a lot of the books listed above, and really liked them, but Lone Star is probably the only one I re-read fairly often. I can’t wait for Comfort & Joy!! :-)


  5. Kim W
    December 5, 2014

    Something a little different: Secret Light by ZA Mayfield. Hanukkah story with lots of feelz.


    • Kim W
      December 5, 2014

      Stupid autocorrect: Secret Light by ZA Maxfield!


  6. rojoroaors
    December 5, 2014

    Blame it on the mistletoe


  7. kajeharper
    December 5, 2014

    Just one? I have to go for Jim Grimsley’s novel “Comfort and Joy”. But honorable mention to
    “Christmas Kitsch” – Amy Lane
    “A Prairie Dog’s Love Song” – Eli Easton
    Lanyon’s “Lone Star”


    • kajeharper
      December 5, 2014

      I’m looking forward to the anthology too, but I really wish they hadn’t used “Comfort & Joy” for the title.


  8. Sam
    December 5, 2014

    I throughly enjoyed Eli Eastern’s Blame it on the Mistletoe and the North Pole City Tales from Charlie Cochet x


  9. kveta
    December 5, 2014

    “Blame it on the Mistletoe” by Eli Easton and “A Christmas Memory” by Max Vos


  10. llesarlorraine
    December 5, 2014

    Josh Lanyon seems heavily featured today, hangs head in shame but….I don’t know or even heard of this author! Off to add Lone Star to my list, as it seems a popular recommendation


  11. Kim T
    December 6, 2014

    Mary Calmes. What Can Be its a favourite set at Christmas, and Josh Lanyons Christmas codes love every one of them.


  12. Tully
    December 19, 2014

    Broken Bonds. Read it last week. Its not light but does have a HEA. . . a take on the Dicken’s classic.


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