Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Champagne Kisses
Author: Lynda Aicher
Narrator: Tobias Silversmith
Heroes: Evan Cleary/Richard Patterson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 1 Hour, 56 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The Christmas Eve wedding Evan Cleary pulled together in four weeks is crashing down around him and taking his fledgling event planning business with it. With an empty altar and over a hundred guests arriving soon, he turns to the resistant, gorgeous brother of the runaway groom for help.
When Richard Patterson’s flamboyant brother storms out hours before he’s scheduled to marry his equally dramatic partner, Richard is left dealing with the fallout. The last thing he wants is more drama, yet he can’t deny his attraction to the effeminate event planner trying to salvage the wedding.
Evan thinks his crush on Richard is a lost cause, but one steaming kiss later, he learns different. What starts as a night of hot sex turns into a connection neither expected. But Evan knows their relationship is hopeless unless the ultra-conservative Richard can embrace every part of him—both in private and in public.
Review – Book: This is a short and sweet, heavy on the sex, holiday story about enemies falling in love.
Evan is ultra femme/swishy and Richard is an uptick prig. Richard’s brother, Nate, is also very swishy and that’s enough “color” in Richard’s life. Richard despises drama and in his mind, the femme = the drama.
Evan is the wedding planner for Nate’s wedding and when it falls to pieces at the last minute, he and Richard are thrown together picking up the pieces.
While Richard is manly and controlling and everything hot Evan desires, Evan knows Richard is a self-centered jerk and that even if he is gay, he’s not out of the closet – thus off limits.
Richard, meanwhile, finds Evan attractive but knows he can’t handle drama like that long term, so why bother.
The entire story takes place over about 48 hours, so there’s a bit of back fill in the beginning telling us about the enmity between Evan and Richard then drama and then – honestly – a LOT of sex.
It’s a pretty sweet, fairly unrealistic 180 degree turn around (for both men) -but not impossible – love story that hits a lot of nice holiday points.
We are left with a pretty happy HEA/epilogue and our MCs do seem like they’d have what it takes to make it, despite this being a short story.
Review – Audio: Tobias Silversmith does a great job with Nate and Evan and all the drama. He’s a little cartoonish in his choice of voicing for Richard, but it definitely fits the tone of this story. It’s hard to take much of this seriously when the characters and the sex are so OTT.
I enjoyed listening to this and found the time flew by and recommend to anyone in the mood for a really sexy, somewhat sweet, holiday short story.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*