Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Reviews - His Christmas Wish © Andi Anderson, The Christmas Throwaway © RJ Scott


His Christmas Wish

Author: Andi Anderson

Publisher: Silver Publishing

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For most children, all they want for Christmas is the latest video game or the most popular toy, but that’s not what Daniel wants. He wants to be a family again. Since his parents were killed in a horrific car accident over a year ago, Daniel had been living with his beloved Uncle Josh. Even though Daniel knows his Uncle does his best to make him happy, Daniel still longs for the contentment and secure feeling he felt when his parents were alive.  He wants a family, and on the first magical snow of the season, he wishes to have a family again.

When Nick is interviewed by Joshua Thomas to be a live in nanny, he is immediately drawn to the young boy and his Uncle Josh.  Even though both of them obviously love each other, there is something missing between them.  When Nick gets the job, he becomes determined to bring laughter and happiness back into both of their lives. As Christmas quickly approaches, Nick decides to do whatever it takes to bring them together as a happy family forever.


 My Thoughts.

I had such fun with Andi Anderson first foray into the publishing world with a Christmas offering which I enjoyed immensely and THE CHRISTMAS WISH one of her latest was no less enjoyable to read for me.

The blurb is quite detail in terms of what’s in the book , so I wont go through the whole thing.

This is definately on the sweeter side to read with fun characters that pulls at your heartstring with how desperate they need each other but just could not take that next step to getting there.

The story follows Daniel and his wish for not only a family but for his uncle Josh to be happy. Things don't come easy to these two and all attempts to bridge the gap just feels stilted and almost like an obligation. Here enters  male nanny Nick who has big plans of his own but knows that sometimes you have to take the small things in order to get to the big things.

One of those small things is being a nanny to a very lonely little boy, what Nick didn’t expect was his instant attraction to Josh and how much they needed him as well as much he needed them.

THE CHRISTMAS WISH is just the thing for a short break in your day, there is no big drama involved and everything was simply and surround the relationship between these three. To be honest there nothing not to like about the story or the characters, this is a seasonal read and it hits the spot.

THE CHRISTMAS WISH come as a part of Silver Publishing 25 Days of Christmas series of short ebooks.


The Christmas Throwaway

Author: RJ Scott

Publisher: Silver Publishing

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Christmas is a time for giving - what do you do when no one gives a damn?

For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go.

Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.

Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?

My Thoughts

I got this book because of the blurb, the word “young throwaway’ was mentioned and I had to see where the author went with the story line.

Zachary is a young man with a sad history and it only looks like it was about to get worst if the young cop who is questioning him has anything to say about it.

A few hours later however Zachary is surprised about the ending of his day, not only is he out of the cold – but he is with people who just seem to want to clothe, feed and be kind to him  - something which he has not had in his recent past.

Ben is the helpful cop who just knows when to sum up a situation and more over knows when to do the right thing even when he is unsure of the outcome. Small town is not anything if not close knitted and when Ben starts to doubt his helpfulness he calls on friends and this is really where the story actually begins.

Zachary past is not good, not pretty or even anything that he likes to remember, but he has to because there is more than his past left behind in his past but with people who now seems to take an interest in him, he may just have a chance to get some answers.

Ben on the other hand is struggling between decorum and attraction, helping Zach in his professional capacity is proving to be an emotional ride but even more trying to handle the attraction that he feels developing between then is testing every ounce of restrain that he has..

What following is more a less a heartbreaking story where all involve really need a Christmas miracle to survive.

THE CHRISTMAS THROWAWAY is a seasonal read with a little bit of bite for me. I really like the “throwaway” storyline and while it was geared towards the seasonal market I think – there is enough depth in this book and I wish the author had delve a little more into the world of lost kids.

The pace of the book was rather laid back which I thought suited the plot and gave me time to either hate or like the characters for themselves rather than for the experiences which they had gone through or the issues that they were about to face. The fact that much of what Zachary went through was told in hindsight makes reading this book easier and that along with Ben’s minimal understanding of the issues really pulled me into this story.

Ben and Zachary's were very likable,  I really liked the fact that Zachary was not yet on the street long enough to develop that hard edge and so could and did appreciate the simply things that were being offered to him and Ben has his feet firmly planted in family and home and he certainly knew what he was about and where he wanted to go with his life.

I thought the additional mix of characters suited the plot, from the kind mothering figure to the watchful protective friend. I was also really pleased that the author took the time to tie up much of the meatier storyline.

As said before this was a seasonal read for the most part so the happy, joy filled ending was expected. The sweetness of some of the scenes may lessen the book in readers of edgier material eyes, for me while I would have love for the book to really sink into the throwaway plotline a bit more –  I liked what I got and in the spirit of the season a rather good read all round.

6 Speak To Me:

Chris on 11 January 2011 at 23:03 said...

I haven't read the first book, but I did read and much enjoy The Christmas Throwaway.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed both of these!

Andi Anderson on 12 January 2011 at 01:46 said...

YAY! I'm thrilled you liked His Christmas Wish, EH:) Thank you reviewing it and for your thoughtful comments:)

Lily on 12 January 2011 at 02:56 said...

I really enjoyed Andi's story but haven't read the second one.

RJ on 12 January 2011 at 08:46 said...

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing The Christmas Throwaway. I am so pleased you enjoyed it. Watch this space for a sequel. Hugs. Rj x x

Blodeuedd on 12 January 2011 at 20:30 said...

yay for seasonal reads, they always make me happy