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Book Review: Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

Reviewed by Nikyta

winter-wonderlandTitle: Winter Wonderland
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Minnesota Christmas #3
Heroes: Paul & Kyle
Genre: M/M Contemporary – Holiday
Length: 205 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Available at: Samhain Publishing & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Product Warnings: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan: Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway!

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An Exclusive Excerpt from Sleigh Ride

Gabriel had decided Paul was right, that Arthur would show up, but he’d planned to not let him in. He understood this was hard for Arthur, but he was still angry, and he didn’t feel like being generous.

He’d seen the label deer steaks on those packages, though. There was principle, and there was venison.

He wasn’t yet sure Arthur did know how to cook. He stood in the doorway of the kitchen as he watched Arthur putter around, poking for pans and indexing his spice cupboard.

“Coriander, thyme…you got any sage? Lemon pepper?”

Okay, so Arthur knew a few spices. “They should be there. Maybe on the second shelf. Wait—top shelf.”

Arthur leaned around the door and gave Gabriel a look. “So are you getting them for me or telling me where you keep your step stool?”

Gabriel frowned. “I don’t have a step stool.”

“Then get over here, Legs.”

Oh. Gabriel pushed off the wall and came over to fuss around on the top shelf until he found the sage and lemon pepper. When he handed them down, Arthur glared at him.

“Not even on your tiptoes.” Arthur took the spices and bumped Gabriel with his hip—which met Gabriel mid-thigh. “You’d think up north the lack of sunlight would stunt your growth, but no. Or maybe this is all you trying desperately to get at the sun.”

“What’s your excuse? They drop a tree on you when you were out logging?”

Arthur swatted him on the ass, and Gabriel yelped. But he grinned, and so did Arthur.

They made the dinner together. Arthur thawed the steaks in the microwave, which he said he hated to do, but had to because he hadn’t planned ahead. Gabriel pointed out they could partially thaw them that way and finish them in the sink, which was what they ended up doing.

“But how are you going to cook them? I don’t have an outdoor grill.”

“In the oven, in a cast-iron pan. Done it before.”

Gabriel bit his cheek. “Yes, but I don’t have a cast-iron pan.”

“Then it’s good I have one in the truck from the last time I went camping.” Arthur winked at him. “No worries, babe. I got this.”

The wink, the endearment—they were sweet, almost perfect—which was why Gabriel got nervous. “Arthur—what are we doing?”

Arthur cocked an eyebrow. “Making dinner?”

Gabriel folded his arms over his chest and waited.

Arthur sighed and went back to massaging the steaks in the cool water through the Ziploc bag. “I wanted to see you. To get you to not be pissed at me.”

“Who says I’m not still pissed at you?”

Arthur grunted. “Well, I didn’t get here and find you in bed with my best friend, so I figure everything from here’s downhill.”

God, Paul had been right. Gabriel’s arms loosened a bit. “If you were jealous, why did you run off the other night after our date?”

“Because I’m a chickenshit.”

Gabriel watched Arthur poke angrily at the steaks, looking like a self-conscious boy, and his heart melted. But only a little. “So should I expect you to go tearing off in the middle of the night?”

The wicked grin Arthur tossed Gabriel caught him off-guard and made him dizzy. “Oh, so I get to stay the night, do I?”

Gabriel cleared his throat. “That depends. Though I was told I should get a blow job from you.” When Arthur stilled, his grin fading into something dangerous, Gabriel regretted his bold teasing. Arthur dried his hands on a towel and came at him, and Gabriel backed himself into the wall and started toward the door to the living room. “Arthur—that was a joke. Stop.

Arthur kept coming, a wolf stalking his prey. Or rather, a bear. “So you don’t want me to suck your dick?”

Gabriel put his hand on the edge of the door’s molding. “Not right now. We’re cooking.”

“Steak needs a good half hour in water to finish thawing.” His grin split his beard, full of teeth. “How ’bout I get you heated up right now, honey?”

Arthur took a step closer, and Gabriel slipped away, though he wasn’t entirely sure why. “Just—slow down.”

“You don’t want me to slow down. Look at you go. You want to be chased.”

“I do not.” Gabriel slid farther into the living room, yet he didn’t run, nor did he tell Arthur to stop.

Oh shit, he did want to be chased.

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About Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas, #2)The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.

Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky,prissy librarian.It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.

Product Warnings: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.

Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboGoogle Play and iTunes

 
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About Heidi Cullinan

Heidi CullinanHeidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.

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As part of this blog tour, Heidi is giving away a Sleigh Ride Prize Pack!! This Prize Pack includes an eBook copy of Sleigh Ride, a signed paperback copy of Let It Snow, a copy of William’s Doll, a snuggling moose figure and a Minnesota flask. To enter, just click the link below!

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Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of Sleigh Ride to see what she thought of it!

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Early Review: Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan

Reviewed by Nikyta

Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas, #2)Title: Sleigh Ride
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Minnesota Christmas #2
Heroes: Arthur/Gabriel
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 71,464 words
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.

Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky,prissy librarian.It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind thestorytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.

Product Warnings: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.
Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Let It Snow
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Minnesota Christmas #1
Heroes: Frankie Blackburn/Marcus Gardner
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 228 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.
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