Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Winter Oranges
Author: Marie Sexton
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Jason Walker/Benjamin Ward
Genre: MM Contemporary/Fantasy
Length: 8 Hours, 4 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.
There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.
But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.
Review: When Jason Walker, a B list actor, finds himself in a small town “re-thinking his life”, he’s shocked and amazed to find he’s not living alone.
Ben is the boy who “haunts” a snowglobe he finds in the house left by a previous tenant.
Jason, ironically a B list horror film star, is either crazy or Ben is real and a “ghost”.
I don’t want to give away big secrets, but I will drop these morsels:
Ben and Jason find a way to “touch” one another
Jason is the only one who can see Ben
Neither knows a way other than death for them to be together in “real life”
This book ends with a delightful HEA
I think this may be my favorite Marie Sexton book (after her Coda series). Her writing is gorgeous and evocative and really draws the reader in from the first page.
The way she “solves” the main dilemma is both terrifying and wonderful!
I highly recommend this story to fans of the belief that love conquers all, for people who believe that there are Christmas miracles, to believers in magic and to fans of sweet and sappy romances everywhere!
Impression: It was amazing!
Review – Audio: Nick J. Russo does another amazing job. He’s easy to listen to and really carries the emotion well. My only disappointment was that he didn’t give Ben an “old fashioned” voice or any sort of voice inflection or accent. He sounds just as anyone else would in our day in time and I guess – in a way that makes sense – but I was hoping for something a little different. Just something to remind us that his voice is coming from a music box…
In any case, it was still wonderful and a fantastic way to experience this amazing story!
Impression: I loved it!
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*