Friday, 4 December 2009

Review – Got Mistletoe? – Andi Anderson

Title:  Got Mistletoe?

Author: Andi Anderson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Main Character: Blake Roberts & Ryan Jolly

Blake Roberts just wants to buy some wrapping paper and go home. That changes when he's surprised by a supercenter employee keeping the Christmas spirit alive by singing and doing some impromptu dance moves. Ryan Jolly is bouncy and a little flamboyant... and Blake is immediately smitten with him. Despite being total opposites, Blake's heart is captured by Ryan’s bubbly personality and sweet smile, and when attraction flares between them, Blake starts to hope his new Christmas wish--to spend more than the holiday with Ryan--might come true.

 

“Can we help you?” Angela asked, apparently not having any trouble finding her own voice.
The man looked slowly from Ryan to Angela, and his smile dimmed a little.
“Could you point me in the right direction of the wrapping paper?”
God, even the man’s voice was amazing, deep and smooth, with a slight Southern accent. Ryan would bet his measly year’s worth of salary that the sexy man standing before him could sing “Let it Snow” and women as well as men would be throwing themselves at his feet to hear more.
“Um, well, I’m not exactly sure where it’s located at, but my associate Ryan would be more than happy to show you where you need to go,” Angela said sweetly as she indiscreetly shoved Ryan in the right direction, bringing him out of his trance.
Feeling totally off balance, Ryan felt himself flush even more as he stumbled toward the man. God, even his feet weren’t working right!
The man reached out and grabbed Ryan lightly by the arms, keeping him from stumbling further into the man himself. Through the warmth of the handsome stranger’s hands, Ryan felt a tingling sensation from the top of his red hair to the tips of his toes. “Are you all right?” that deliciously deep voice asked softly, causing Ryan look up into those concerned blue eyes. Ryan could feel the warmth of the man’s hands through his long sleeved T-shirt as he started rubbing his hands up and down Ryan’s arms, as if to soothe any pain away.
He’s talking to you! Say something, idiot!
Ryan cleared his throat and attempted to smile at the man.
The man smiled back and slowly let go of Ryan’s arms as he took one small step back as if to put some space in between them.
“Ooops! Sorry about that! I must’ve had too much eggnog during break,” Ryan joked, as he shrugged his shoulders and smoothed down his “Got Mistletoe?” T-shirt.
The man laughed.
Oh my God, he’s got a gorgeous laugh too!
“That eggnog will get you every time!” the man said, almost reaching out to touch Ryan’s shoulder but stopping himself midway.
At the sound of the stranger’s joyful laughter, Ryan felt happiness flow through him and a genuine smile come across his face.

Got Mistletoe? © Andi Anderson

 

 

Review

When Blake Roberts decides to pop into a store to get some wrapping paper – a cute elfish man falling into his arms was not part of the plan. Blake is immediately taken with Ryan Jolly the staff having more than a little of the Christmas spirit bouncing around in him.

Blake wants to make an impression on his family this year and on his list of must do is to sort out some decent Christmas wrapping paper – once he was in the Supercenter however he ends up being totally distracted by the butt sashaying in front of him so coming up to bins and bins of wrapping paper was just a bit of an overload for him. He decides to kill two birds with one stone – get some help in choosing some papers and keep Ryan around a little longer until he can come up with a game plan of how to ask him out.

One look at the customer needing help and Ryan was a goner – stunned into silence he can only thank his co-worker for saving him from further embarrassment. When Blake ask for his help in choosing some paper he can’t help but do a mental jump, as it gives him a little more time with this big hunk of a man. Ryan is not holding out much hope that the man in question is feeling the same lusty feelings that he is – and makes the most of the few minutes he gets to spend with Blake.

Blake knows a good thing when he sees it and feels it as well and although not an impetuous person when he gets a little help in how to make his first move he jumps at it like a drowning man. Ryan is pleased as punch when Blake makes his move but with confidence issues and other concerns he might just be the dead of Blake before he gets the chance to pleasure Blake.   

Who would have thought that buying Christmas wrapper could be a whole new erotic experience – Andi Anderson certainly thinks so. GOT MISTLETOE? Is Ms. Anderson first outing and I am loving it.

Blake and Ryan are not only cute but two fun guy that are caught up in the first blush of instant attraction and I love this feeling that Ms. Anderson brings about in this short read.

 

Highlights.

A seasonal read for me should be fair to short and at 54 pages this was just the right length for me.

Blake and Ryan comes alive under Anderson’s pen, Blake feels more like alpha male and with the attitude to match it, so it was all about protecting  “his little elf” and making sure he was seeing to his every comfort. Ryan on the other hand was just a pleasure and he kept a constant smile on my face, he’s a happy lad and  in very few scenes does he have a frown and even when he does it only for a few minutes, Ryan is that guy you can’t help but love despite yourself.

Awareness, and wanting was nicely done in this book – I felt like I was looking over their shoulders watching a match light – and I was so ready for that fire.

I thought the author introduced me to two pretty decent guys with no issues clouding the waters and their only concern was getting together and making it as painless as possible. This was all about them and that always is a refreshing change to read.

 

Bottom line

As a first book, Anderson shoots out of the stable with a definite crowd pleaser. I am not the easiest of reader to please and I will admit I did not get enough skin in this one – but hey that's just me, but I like it, I liked it a lot if truth be told and who says the holiday has to be all about the smut.

Anderson has a nice descriptive style about her and I like the rush the book had – It didn’t slow down at all and I found this played a huge part in how I felt about these guys need to be together.

If you are looking for a book with everyday personalities, getting along in a setting you can relate to and with a pretty nice slouch of kisses, hugs and exploration tossed in, GOT MISTLETOE? is so the book for you..

I must also mention – I love the cover on this one…

14 Speak To Me:

Chris on 4 December 2009 at 19:26 said...

*adds to to-read list*

Smokinhotbooks on 4 December 2009 at 20:13 said...

EH just what I need to get me in the Christmas Spirit - Boys kissing boys + x-mas wrapping paper ought to do it :)

Shawn Lane on 4 December 2009 at 20:18 said...

It's a swee read, EH, great review

Erotic Horizon on 4 December 2009 at 20:29 said...

@Chris..

My first seasonal book and it was a winner...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 December 2009 at 20:30 said...

@ K.C

Apparently "Boys kissing boys + x-mas wrapping paper" does it for me as well.

This is right up your street my dear...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 December 2009 at 20:32 said...

@ Shawn ..
I agree it is a sweet read... I can imagine Ryan bouncing around in Andi's head.

Thank you..

E.H>

Shayne on 4 December 2009 at 23:24 said...

Fabulous review as always, EH! Jack and I loved this one, too.

Lindsay on 5 December 2009 at 01:05 said...

I'm reading this one next! I think the cover is really cute, too!
Awesome review

Eyre on 5 December 2009 at 01:45 said...

Awesome review! This book sounds super-cute! It's on my list for this weekend, and I am not going to let anything distract from my reading mission.

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 09:51 said...

@Shayne...
both you and Jack would love this one - it's a book full of so much possibilities...

And thanks.....

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 09:53 said...

@Lindsay...

I agree the cover is a big sell for me - The guy looks so carefree and fun..

This is also resonated in the book - Ryan is so much fun..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 09:55 said...

@Eyre

You so love to schedule, glad to know this makes up part of your weekend reading.

Enjoy my dear- it is a super cute story..

E.H>

Leontine on 5 December 2009 at 10:46 said...

Just by reading your review I get all in the x-mas spirit EH ;) A read definitely for this busy holiday season. Perhaps something to read while waiting in those long lines in front of check out?

Erotic Horizon on 5 December 2009 at 11:36 said...

@Leontine..

That's the spirit... Ryan one of the characte from the book is all about the Christmas loving....

Happy reading in those queues....

E.H>