Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton

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3stars

You can’t stand outside a restaurant forever. And you can’t stand on the cusp of almost having it all. You have to take the chance and step forward.

Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Number of pages: 160 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was a lovely Christmas story.
Bad things about this book: Random spanish words that were too much to bear.
Do I recommend it? Of course!
Rate: 3/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I remembered out of the blue, like a holiday epiphany, I bought this ebook to read before Christmas but the past couple of weeks have been so chaotic I didn’t even realize it was already Christmas Eve Eve. Time really flew by unnoticed, like a ninja. I guess I’ll have to read a couple of festive books after the holidays because there just isn’t the time to do everything, and I don’t want to wait another year to read them.

I have always liked the books I’ve read by Eli Easton, and this was no different. It also featured the two main characters from Superhero and I was glad to see how the both of them were doing.

This story features Gabe, the newspaper piece he’s working on of a Christmas charity dinner, a mystery Santa, and a mountain of a boy called Mack he seems to have a huge crush on. The story was enjoyable, even if a tad predictable, cute, and romantic. I was bothered but the random Spanish of Gabe, thought it was forced. Felt forced. I am Ecuadorian living in a country with a different language and I don’t say that many Spanish words every single day; I do say a few words that don’t have a translation in Italian but only at home, with people who understands them. That detail annoyed me more than I wanted and it just kept getting worse for me. I cringed reading those parts; it ruined a little bit of the experience for me.

He’s a huge, fit, muscular guy who works out all the time, eats super healthy, and is an undefeated college wrestling star. Whereas I live on tortilla chips, salsa, and pizza, and the closest I come to athletic activity is walking between my classes.

Other than that the story was fresh and simple. It was just perfect for a few hours of relax. I liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. I liked how easy it was for the happy ending to come, how little drama there was to overcome to be truly happy. It was never cheesy but it was plenty sweet, and I loved that about the story. It kept me glued to the pages and it made the little time I spent reading, happy and light. This may not be the most perfect book there is, but it has what it takes to win a little piece of your heart. I might want to read more books by Eli Easton; I’m sure I’ll love all of them.

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Five Dares by Eli Easton

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4stars

“When there’s a conflict between what’s practical and what the heart wants, the heart usually wins. And when it doesn’t, there’s regret. A lot of regret.”

Title: Five Dares
Author: Eli Easton
Number of pages: 245 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s cute and sexy.
Bad things about this book: It has a rushed ending.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone who likes a hot and steamy love story.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Oh holy bisexuality!!! I loved this. Sweet with a few surprises. My heart did make weird twists, of too much love and the suffering!!! The suffering that luckily didn’t last long. I barely kept myself from screaming of frustration as it was.

I almost judged this book by its cover and didn’t read it. Luckily I’ve been spotting it here and there on my goodreads timeline and I decided that, yes, I was not going to keep myself from enjoying a book because I don’t like very much the cover. I’m never that shallow so I don’t know why I did think that at first.

“Emotions sucked, and we mostly pretended we didn’t have them.”

The story is about two best friends, Andy and Jake, forever the daredevils among their friends, who find themselves with their hands bandaged after a dare gone wrong. With both their summers ruined and futures on hold, they keep themselves company being helped and fed in Andy’s cottage until they can use their hands again.

There’s only one problem, tough, they can’t use their hands and one thing among the many they can’t do is the one that is driving them, mainly Andy, crazy. They can’t masturbate. Andy’s great idea will put Jake’s temptation to test; Andy doesn’t know that Jake is bisexual and have been pining for him almost since the dawn of time. Can Jake put a line between necessity and desire? Maybe not. It’s not that easy having the object of his desires there for the take. I don’t blame him for saying yes to that crazy idea but I do think he should’ve been more straightforward since the beginning. They were going to go their separate ways after NYU so Jake should’ve come clean and say it. Say that he is bisexual. That would’ve opened the door to so many possibilities so much sooner.

“We were crossing a line that was more significant than any stunt we’d ever dared before.”

He chose the hard road and there were consequences, one that I didn’t see coming even if I should have. I overlooked Andy’s fragility and the pressure his father put on him and his future. I didn’t see it like the big deal it actually was. But if there’s a book I like, it’s one without much drama. Drama usually takes too much space in a book we all know (and hope) is going to have the happy ending the characters and the readers deserve.

“The ocean had existed before Andy and I were born, and it would be there long after we were dust. It didn’t care about our drama. I wished I could borrow a bit of that objectivity. But my stomach was tied in knots. The sea might not care about our drama, but I did.”

I love almost everything about this book. From the bisexual representation we don’t see everyday to the slowly ascension of steamy scenes, from zero to holy moly guacamole. The dreaded miscommunication was there and it made me mad, as usual, but the need for release of the boys made it bearable because you can’t deny the obvious chemistry when it’s there for everyone to see.

“There might be a universe where Jake Masterson could resist Andy Tyler, but it wasn’t this one.”

The one thing I didn’t like much was the rushed conclusion. It felt unnecessary to give this kind of fast ending to a story so cute and well developed. I would’ve loved something a little bit different nonetheless the story gave me goose bumps of love and hormones and I thank it for all of it. Absolutely recommended.

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Blame It on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton

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“I felt a rush of relief and pleasure so dense it was like swallowing a ball of light. Jesus. This love thing was not for wimps.”

Title: Blame It on the Mistletoe
Author: Eli Easton
Why you should read this book: Because who doesn’t like a sweet love story with a very obvious happy ending? I know I do!

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Spoilers ahead but, come on, of course the book had only one way to end!

You know when you see a book that has a cover you don’t like but the reviews are good and you’re kind of curious so you just give in and read the whole thing? And then you find out the book is so short you could’ve done it sooner instead of being fixated more on what’s outside instead on what’s inside? Yeah, so that happened to me, yesterday.

Love. Wow. I could feel the hearts and flowers and damn cupids floating over my head. Who would have thought? It was like some weird-ass Hallmark movie. And it was wonderful.

I’m a fan of m/m romance books: I love them when they are sweet, love them when they’re steamy, love them when they make me suffer, love them in every sauce. What is it that I don’t love? The continuous miscommunication! Can’t we get a book in which people speak their mind? I guess it’s not possible.

“I had no clue what I was going to do with a male, or how to do it, but I knew I was going to do it right goddamn now or die trying.”

Miscommunication was the frustrating part but the rest was simple, sweet and it had a lot of interesting elements. Fielding, with his nice weird name, was a really interesting character. He is really smart, a bit of a fashion mess, a unibrow that thank goodness was exterminated, doesn’t know Star Wars (can you believe it?) and when he sets his mind on something he does everything to obtain it.

It was time to admit defeat, to lay down my cards, and concede the game.
For the first time in my life, I was in love. I was in love with a guy. I was in love with Fielding Monroe.

Mick was a little bit annoying but he was going through some things but that’s not an excuse for acting like a butt to Fielding; he was honest, kind and open and you were freaking out about nothing, Mick. Get a grip! I forgive him because I love how he grew throughout the book and had the most obvious and clichéd epiphany. Of course that was going to happen. I love happy endings.

After dinner, we watched It’s a Wonderful Life with the whole family, and then everyone else went to bed while Fielding and I stayed up to watch Elf. He’d never seen it, and I just had to share it with him. We laughed until we cried.

I still can’t believe there are people in this world who haven’t seen Elf which, by the way, is the best Christmas movie ever! Can’t wait for December so I can watch it again! If you haven’t watched it, shame on you!

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it now and love it forever.
Rate: 4/5

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Superhero by Eli Easton

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From that day on, Owen was my best friend—jelly to my peanut butter, fellow pea in my pod, Sam to my Frodo. And I was his.

Title: Superhero
Author: Eli Easton
Why you should read this book: Because it is short but it’s sweet. It’s worth the few hours it will take away from you.

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they’ve been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school’s champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.

Their friendship survives, but Jordan’s worst enemy may be himself: he can’t seem to help the fact that he is head-over-heels in love with a hopeless case—his straight friend, Owen. Owen won’t let anything take Jordan’s friendship away, but he never counted on Jordan running off to find a life of his own. Owen will have to face the nature of their relationship if he’s to win Jordan back.

I thought about how he’d given up being perfect for being real. For us. For me.
And I realized that Owen Nelson was the greatest superhero ever.

This was a really cute short book about friendship, love, acceptance and geek stuff. I loved their conversation about Sandman and Superman. I totally think Sandman would win over the man of steel, that’s a given. We’re talking about the Sandman! Come on!

Jordan and Owen, best friends since they were little. Jordan found out he was definitely gay after the “pool incident” and has been in love with his straight best friend, Owen, ever since. Maybe also from the first time he set his eyes on him.

I’d spun that one kiss in the pool into so many variations I could probably claim a Guinness World Record for Most Exhausted Fantasy.

The gay for you stories aren’t always my favorite, they usually lack something, I don’t know exactly what, but they lack something important for me to enjoy the story fully. This story is not like that. It is rushed, years and months pass in the blink of an eye but I can’t complain. It delivers what I wanted or needed it to deliver to me, even with a couple of superfluous subplots.

My point is, no one’s going to come shopping if the ‘for sale’ sign isn’t on the door.

I liked them both a lot; they are nice characters with their personalities and passions: Jordan is an artist and Owen a wrestler. They are best friends and you can see it in the way they are always together, they share everything and they are always looking after each other in any kind of situation.

It was a very sweet love story and it made me smile. Jordan has always being in love with Owen but what about Owen, the god of wrestling? Owen has a girlfriend but he is confused by a couple of not-really-accidental episodes. He knows he has to talk with his inner self and asks some very important questions or else he will do what others want him to do and not what he wants to do. But will he realize that what, or better, whom he wants was Jordan all along? That Jordan is the key of his happiness and without him nothing makes sense, not even being the wrestling champion of the universe?

Besides, if there was a secret way to my heart, it was Jordy.

Of course he will realize it, this is a short book and it has a happy ending! I started it knowing it had it or else I wouldn’t have started it, I’m not a masochist (not always). I needed happiness! I’m still smiling, this book made me happy!

Do I recommend it? Yes, it is adorable and, yes, it has steamy parts which is always good.
Rate: 5/5

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