Monday, December 17, 2018

Review Tour: Christmas Homecoming (The Christmas Angel series) by LA Witt (Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 24,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

The Christmas Angel Series

Christmas Angel - Eli Easton - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Summerfield's Angel - Kim Fielding - Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk - Amazon US | Amazon UK
A Soldier's Wish - N.R. Walker - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Shrewd Angel - Anyta Sunday - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Prince - RJ Scott- Amazon US | Amazon UK


August 1939. Roger Miller and Jack O’Brien have been close since childhood. By the time they realize there’s more between them than friendship, Jack is leaving their sleepy Iowa town for college. But they console themselves knowing he’ll be home for Christmas. Right?

It is Christmas before they see each other again, but that Christmas comes six years and a world war later. Aged, beaten, and shaken by combat, they’re not the boys they were back then, but their feelings for each other are stronger than ever.

Neither know the words to say everything they’ve carried since that peacetime summer kiss, though. Even as they stand in the same room, there’s a thousand miles between them.

But maybe that’s some distance the little angel in Roger’s rucksack can cross.

This 24,000 word novella is part of the multi-author Christmas Angel series, and can be read as a standalone.

The Christmas Angel Series

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton's Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

4.5 Stars 

The premise of this story was different from the others I’ve read in the series so far. While the angel has brought the other couples together, that wasn't the case here. In fact, Roger and Jack knew one another well, they grew up together and were best friends. As they are about to head off in different directions in life, they share a kiss that nearly six years later when they meet up again, they are both still thinking about.

Roger and Jack were both great guys and my heart broke at the prospect of these men having to conform to society’s standards and get married and have children like they were expected to. My stomach was in knots until they were finally able to find a way to be together and get their happy ending.

The chemistry between Jack and Roger was explosive and once they gave into their desire for one another, it was intense, passionate and steamy and you could feel the love they shared coming off the pages. They fit together so well and while I wanted that happy ending, Ms. Witt left me wanting more, in a good way.

I did find that the angel wasn’t as prevalent in this story as in the other two I’ve read so far. She was much more in the background and almost felt like an afterthought instead of the active participant that she was in the other stories in the series so far. Still, this was a lovely second chances Christmas story, that’s well-written and highly recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

4 Stars

A realistic tale about two guys falling in love in 1939 USA, and then came WWII.
It was always going to be a bit of a mixed tale writing about two guys who fall in love before the start of WWII, because of the war itself, people's attitudes and the fact that two guys together was against the law, but LAW delivered.

It's not all about the guys' romance: it's a short tale, possibly one of the shortest in the Christmas Angel series, that tells a little about the hardships of war, about loss, shell shock and fear, and about how living day to day in the military, without hope or expectations, was the norm. It had authenticity, though I did think the guys were taking huge risks in daring to be together.

It ends as best as it can for the leads, given the time they lived in, as they found a way of being together. And, given the Christmas angel, maybe they ended up in a state where gay marriage became legal in their lifetime?

ARC courtesy of the author and Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure.

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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

Twitter: @GallagherWitt

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