Don’t Stop Believing (Belen’s Review)

Don't Stop BelievingTitle: Don’t Stop Believing (Silver Pines #1)
Author: Gwen Hayes
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 60 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

The Ogre from the Hill

Simon Powell, the town recluse, only comes to town to deliver firewood and get supplies. Two days before Christmas, he sees the new librarian’s car in a ditch and knows he can’t leave him on the road, but it’s too late to take him back to town. He’ll have something he’s never had in his cabin in the ten years that’s he’s lived there…company.

The Book Nerd from the City

Adam Parker moved to the small community to make big changes in his life, but being snowbound with the bearded lumberjack in his rustic cabin was something he’d thought only existed in his fantasies. Simon pushes away anyone who wants to get close to him, but Adam sees what he’s hiding in his heart and he wants it. Badly.

A Christmas to Remember

Adam smells like cinnamon and redemption and Simon aches to run his fingers over the scrape of stubble on his cheeks. To pull him into a kiss. To reignite feelings he’d denied himself for too long. Life is right there, blazing in the eyes of the town librarian. A man who isn’t afraid of him. But he learned long ago that everything he touches gets tainted, and he’ll do anything to keep his darkness away from Adam’s light.

But Adam has something else on his side—he’s been a very good boy this year and all he wants for Christmas is Simon.


Simon Powell is an ex-Navy SEAL who’s been a bit of a recluse for more than a decade for, in his mind, some pretty good reasons. Yet he’s drawn to new town librarian, Adam Parker, every time he comes down from “Ogre Hill” into town.

Neither man is sure if the other is gay, but when a snowstorm forces the two to spend more time than they ever have together before they learn more about each other, and themselves, than they knew.

My only complaint is when the sexy times come around and begin getting particularly hot…it all goes off page.

Is is wrong to want more

This is a cute, but short, novella about two men who have been circling each other for a while and finally, through the power of a snow storm and stubbornness, get together to heal past hurts and make Christmas brighter. Sure the “conflict” is resolved rather quickly, and the hurt, etc. that Simon has been dealing with for well over a decade is practically cured in a single day…but it’s a sweet romance with some humor and heat as well.

Bottom line: It made me feel warm and fuzzy and has a lovely HEA ending.

I feel so warm and fuzzy

Recommended.

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Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

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Fast Connection Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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