Holiday House Swap(Belen’s Review)

Title: Holiday House Swap
Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 21st 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance / Holiday
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

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.

I think I’m going to be in the minority with this one. It’s got good bones, but just didn’t ultimately resonate with me. I felt like there wasn’t any real build up of feelings or passion, so the relationship kind of cropped up out of nothing, but maybe that comes more from it being a single POV. I would have liked to have gotten Connor’s POV too.

Unfortunately, I only got to see it from Noah’s side, and he was a bit of a busy body know-it-all who, I felt, stuck his nose into Connor’s business without 1. being asked, or 2. having any place to do it. I mean, he rolls up into this guy’s house and within days is telling him what he should do with his life acting like he knows better than anyone else, including Connor.

It just rubbed me the wrong way. Basically, the whole story did. But, like I said before, I will probably find myself in the minority with that opinion.

If you like low angst holiday novels with strongly opinionated main characters, some passionate sexy times, and a whirlwind romance – you should check it out for yourself.

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Galley copy of Holiday House Swap provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea 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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