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Blurb:
Destrie Two Rivers and Benedict Webster--an orphaned half-Indian and a wealthy rancher’s son. Men who were boyhood best friends, turned secret lovers when they were eighteen. And then one nightmarish night they were discovered and Destrie almost died as a result.

Now, eight years later, just before Christmas, Destrie, an Army sniper, returns to Wyoming on leave to attend the funeral of his foster father. Both men have changed and the distance between them seems wider than the Continental Divide with no way to breach the chasm.

But just as the creek where they first made love runs powerful and constant, Destrie and Benedict’s passion for each other still burns undeniably deep and everlasting. Re-igniting their unquenchable desire could prove fatal. Until the heavy guilt and shocking secrets of the past are revealed, neither of these two men can truly come home for Christmas.

Bottom line up front:

What stinking pile of bullshit is this? DNF!

The rest:

I haven't the faintest idea how someone could take what should have been an interesting story arc and screw it up with some highly improbable scenes. Yet it happens.

Destrie (gawd, I kept wanting to tack an 'r' at the end of that name) left town and joined the military after his boyfriend's brother cut him up. He came back for his foster father's funeral (alliteration. ha!), and the sparks betwixt him and Benedict got to flying again.

Ok, I can buy a love story between a wealthy rancher's kid and a broke, orphaned Mexican/Indian kid. What I couldn't buy was this sex scene:
Destrie released his hair and spun him around. He kicked Benedict's legs as wide as they would go. Reaching down, he grabbed a handful of snow and held it in his warm palm until droplets trickled between his fingers. He couldn't wait. He and Benedict were almost the same height. He used the snow to lubricate Benedict's hole. He heard Benedict gasp when the icy water was pressed into the passage of his hot anus. He shoved back when Destrie's fingers speared inward, then quickly out. More snow and Benedict's ass colored from pale ivory to ruddy rose.
HE USED SNOW AS LUBE??! And both of them stayed hard? And Benedict's asshole didn't go numb from the ice?

Yeah, right, lady. Hit the 'delete' button on my Sony by the end of the next paragraph.

However, if you like your smexing with a little ice play, you can get the book here.

So since I just shit canned that book, I clicked on the next book on the list, which was Carol of the Bellskis.

Blurb:

Paralegal Seth Bellski is tired of being the secret lover of his boss, Lars Varga, founding partner of Finch & Varga Law. So when he asks Lars to spend Hanukkah with Seth's family at their kosher B and B in Whistler, B.C., and Lars refuses, Seth realizes he will never get his self-conscious boss out of the closet.

So Seth prepares to spend his Hanukkah holiday alone in the B and B. Instead he finds himself running the place, as his aunt and uncle are missing, and seven demanding, peculiar, and danger-prone guests have arrived. To make matters worse, Lars shows up, begging forgiveness. Lars's touches remind Seth of why he put up with his boss's behavior in the first place. If on

ly the words that came out of that beautiful mouth were as sweet as his kisses. But how can Seth find time to fix his broken relationship when the guests are demanding kosher, gluten-free diets, losing their pet terriers, and hitting their heads on the ice? Seth and Lars find themselves put through the paces of being a married couple, all while still broken up. But then again, if they can survive this Hanukah, maybe they'll be singing a carol of the Bellskis.

Bottom line up front:
Cute, but average. However, no snowball figging to be found here, so we'll add it to the 'win' column.

The rest:
Seth is finally fed up when he realizes his lover of a year is more concerned with the opinions of his co-workers than staying in his lover's good graces. In true diva fashion, he stomps off to Canada someplace. He must really have been mad, because who goes to Canada willingly? When they're not draft doging? Just kidding.

Sort of.

Anyways, Seth gets to the B&B, only to find out that his aunt and uncle aren't there, and the place is all locked up. He used the spare key to let himself in, but they still aren't back when the guests show up. Seth takes it upon himself to play host for Hanukkah while whatever passes for police in Canada search for his missing relatives. In the meantime, Lars shows up on the doorstep, wanting another chance.

I like Amara's writing. The characters took turns being incredibly annoying and absolutely adorable. The whole gluten, lactulose, soy, and who the heck knows what else intolerant couple drove me bugnuts. Yes, I know people like that in real life, and they are very difficult to feed. Seth was just pinch hitting for his family, and could have just told the intolerable couple to find someplace else to stay.

The one person who he was trying to toss out wouldn't go. Lars was given several invitations to pound snow, but he did a good job of proving his devotion to Seth by sticking it out and doing all the cooking for the guests. I really empathized with the guy, because his boyfriend was really pressuring him to come out to family and co-workers, and he just wasn't ready. Not everyone has to be out and proud, yanno? Many problems could have been solved if Lars just fired Seth, or asked him to find a job at another law firm, but that solution would have been entirely too easy.

Overall, Carol of the Bellskis was an endearing holiday story that will almost certainly be immediately forgotten once the last page is turned. There was just nothing that really stood out or drew me in. Keep the book in a holiday file and bring it out next year. It will seem like a whole new book, since you won't have remembered ever reading it before.

Go get your copy here.

Comments

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wedschilde
Dec. 21st, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
i glanced at the first and said... oh hell no :D
emmyjag
Dec. 21st, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
you did better than I....I looked and thought it could be interesting. this author is hit or miss for me. this? MISS!
wedschilde
Dec. 21st, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
i read the excerpt and my gaydar spidey sense threw up.
emmyjag
Dec. 21st, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
they sellin those at Best Buy? cuz I could cure use one
katiebabs
Dec. 21st, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Snow as lube? That's a first for me! Icicle cum anyone?
emmyjag
Dec. 21st, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
icy creamy icecum! with cherries on top!
granamyr
Dec. 21st, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
ICE as LUBE?! Is there some m/m smut rule I don't know about that says using just plain lube is out of the question?
emmyjag
Dec. 21st, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
lulz. I thought the same thing. what's wrong with using lube as lube?
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