’Tis the Season…

ben-cohen-christmas-naughty-nice-shirtless-muscle-sexy-gay-santa-hat-package-furry-hairy, smooth-man-guy-twink-merry-presents-stand-up-04It’s that time of the year! The holidays are fast approaching. Some people love this season, some people hate it. One thing I’ve always enjoyed is the sudden influx of holiday-themed stories. So, today I’ve decided to talk about some of my fave holiday stories and some of the offerings I’ve enjoyed most this season (so far). If you have favorites, feel free to share them in the comments. Or tell me which new or upcoming story you’re excited to read this year! 😀

Updated 12/21/13

Now, in no particular order, my M/M faves:

Sock it to Me, Santa! by Madison Parker – A sweet YA tale featuring a colorful character who shares my sock obsession and another who has to decide what’s more important—honesty or keeping up appearances.

The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters by Amy Lane – Knitting, alpacas, a character who’s a self-proclaimed “grumpy bastard,” and lots of cuteness. How can you go wrong?

Holiday Outing by Astrid Amara – Hanukkah, a stolen family heirloom, humor, and childhood rivals reunited (one of my fave tropes) make for an entertaining mystery romp.

Tattoos & Tinsel by Anna Martin – The beloved characters from Anna Martin’s popular Tattoos & Teacups are back for a free holiday short that I adored. (This short is best enjoyed if you’ve read the novel and know and love the characters, as I do, but can also be read on its own.)

Mending Noel by Charlie Cochet – A delightful little holiday short set in the North Pole and featuring a few characters you’re sure to recognize from Christmas stories and songs. Tim is an elf whose supervisor Noel has been making his work life miserable, but why? Read to find out.

Inseparable by Chris Scully – Adam wakes up from a car accident with amnesia. At his bedside sits a man named Joe who, based on his caring behavior, Adam assumes is his boyfriend. When Adam finds out they’re only friends and he’s technically “straight,” he can’t understand why they’re not together. A very sweet story.

Christmas with Danny Fit by Amy Lane – Chubby Kit Allen is crushing on Jesse, his new office assistant, but feels unworthy of Jesse’s affection. He decides he needs to start a self-improvement regimen with the help of DVD fitness expert, Danny Fit. A sweet, funny story with lots of heart.

His For the Holidays by LB Gregg, ZA Maxfield, Josh Lanyon, and Harper Fox – This was an anthology featuring four great—and very different—stories. I enjoyed them all and recommend this for anyone seeking a variety of holiday stories in a one-package deal.

My Faves of the Season (So far):

Sweet and Sour by Astrid Amara – A Hanukkah story about a deli owner with a boyfriend who no longer seems interested in him or their relationship and the food-loving cop who works in his deli undercover to try to catch a drug dealer. Different from what I expected, but no less awesome for that.

Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan – A snowstorm. A bear and a twink. Lots of sexiness and sweetness. I enjoyed this very much.

The Douglas Fir by Anyta Sunday – A great little story about a guy trying to give his neighbor, Noah, who he’s in love with, the “most unique and clever gift ever” and what he figures out along the way.

Blame It On the Mistletoe by Eli Easton – I’ve been recommending this story all over the place, and for good reason. It was cute, funny, sexy. I know I will definitely reread this one in future. Nerdy Fielding Monroe tries to convince his jock roommate, Mick, to teach him how to kiss. Problem is, Mick is straight and he knows a kissing lesson will probably end in disaster.

The Trouble With Elves by Therese Woodson – Cal hates Christmas but finds himself infatuated with one of the helper elves at the Santa’s Village in the mall where he works. This was just the cutest story and it prompted me to search out what other books the author has available. Very much recommended.

Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf by BG Thomas – Nick is a really miserable guy who not long ago went through a bad breakup. While driving to San Francisco he runs into Kit Jeffries at a rest stop and finds himself falling grudgingly under the spell of the cheerful art student/PT department store elf.

Alaska by Kim Fielding – Best friends Scott and Marco meet every Christmas Eve. Marco has promised to rescue Scott someday and take him to Alaska, but as the years pass, life grows harder for them both. Not your typical holiday story, but beautiful and heart-wrenching.

The Heart of Frost by Charlie Cochet – Jack Frost and Rudy have been lovers for centuries, but their relationship was only made public to the people of North Pole City a year ago (in the story Mending Noel, which is on my faves list above). Unfortunately it seems like not everyone approves and when Rudy’s plane is sabotaged, nearly killing him, Jack must work fast to figure out who the culprit is, but his anger at the threat to his love causes him to unleash a power that might change him from the elf Rudy loves to someone with a cold, frosted-over heart. Very cute and a definite reread. I’ll be looking forward to next year’s offering between a couple of the secondary characters in this one. Charlie rocks!

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I unfortunately won’t have a Christmas story out this year (unless one springs to mind in the next couple of weeks), but if you’ve never read my rather unconventional M/M Christmas romance set amidst the start of a zombie apocalypse, you can check out Zombie Wonderland. It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for zombie killing. 😉

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About Piper Vaughn

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, sci-fi, she loves them all! As a bisexual and Latinx person, Piper takes great pride in her heritage. She grew up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood and strives to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life … even if it’s only in a book.

Posted on December 21, 2013, in books, reading and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Excellent recommendations, Piper! There’s many books on this list I haven’t read, and I’ll have to get them all to keep me company this Christmas. ^_^

    • I hope you like them, TT! I love holiday stories. I read them all year long, but I especially to love to read them during the season. 🙂

      • I’m not really a Christmas person. Or a holiday person in general. But there was snow out today, and I was suddenly in this Christmas-y mode and had the need to read Christmas stories. It was weird. ^_^

  2. I have to say I already had a couple of those of my list for December (and I do try to resist starting before December 1st), but thank you for the suggestions. Oh, I haven’t read yours, but you had be at zombie so… I’ll probably leave a comment on it on Goodreads in a future not to distant.

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