Title: Holiday House Swap
Author: Sarah Madison
Genre: M/M Romance
Reclusive writer Noah Kinley is facing a dilemma: how to confess to the world he’s really the author of a best-selling romance series. For years, his friend Julie has been the face of his brand, but she wants her life back now. Fast running out of ideas for his popular series, Noah wants to break out into other genres. Not that he’s writing much of anything at the moment anyway, thanks to paralyzing writer’s block. With his publisher breathing down his neck for the next installment, he hopes a change of scene will get his writer’s juices flowing again. Desperate enough to try anything, during the holidays Noah swaps his isolated cabin in the woods for a gentrified horse farm.USAF Major Connor Harrison has chosen forced retirement over facing charges for an unauthorized mission to rescue a buddy from behind enemy lines. No one expects him home for the holidays, and he certainly didn’t anticipate finding a stranger in his house, much less Noah Kinley with his acid tongue and a wry sense of humor that pierces all of Connor’s defenses. Both men need to figure out what the next chapter in their lives will be—and whether it will include each other.
Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a big dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.Sarah enjoys placing hot men in hot water to see how strong they are—like teabags, only sexier. This motto allows her to play in a wide variety of genres, from FBI guys to shifters, with some WW2 fighter pilots and space adventurers tossed in for good measure. Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. The Boys of Summer won Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards. The Sixth Sense series was voted 2nd place in the 2014 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Mystery series, and 3rd place in the 2105 PGR Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series. If you want to make her day, e-mail her and tell you how much you like her stories.
Holiday House Swap is a completely different type of story from what I'm used to reading.
That's not to say I didn't enjoy the read because I totally did. I really like the way the Noah and Connor met the first time. Quite different from the usual ways you normally read about. I wish I could put more about that in this review, but to do so would require giving out spoilers, which I refuse to do.
I can easily identify with Noah as far as the writer's block goes. It's my arch-enemy! I experience it quite often, whether I'm working on my Wednesday Briefs flashes or the edits on my current novel. Get thee behind me, writer's block!
I can also identify with Connor as I also served in the Air Force a long time ago. The horrors he's seen while deployed to Afghanistan are the things nightmares are made of. Would I do what he did to save his buddy? Hell to the yes, consequences be damned!
As their relationship grows you sometimes want to pat them on the back and say you're doing great. Other times you want to get some 18-wheelers to pull their heads out of their asses.
I wish I could give it more than 5 stars, but I'm limited to just 5, so 5 it is. I sincerely hope (on knees begging Ms Madison) we'll see more of Noah and Connor as they... just they. No spoilers, remember.
Bottom line: GET THIS BOOK! READ IT!