In Case of Emergency (Lili’s Review)


Title: In Case of Emergency
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 30th 2017
Genre(s): Comtemporary Romance
Page Count: 120 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Former stepbrothers find Christmas romance under the tree.

After years alone, Daniel Diaz is finally ready to shake up his orderly, solitary life. He’s about to leave for a cozy Christmas getaway with his new man when he gets the call from the ER that his former stepbrother has been admitted with a concussion and a broken hand—and Cole put him down as his emergency contact. Why the hell would he do that? Daniel barely knows the guy. After all, their parents’ marriage lasted less than a year and it was a decade ago!

But Cole has no one else to look after him and strict doctor’s orders not to be left alone. So fine, Daniel will bring him along on vacation to make sure he doesn’t starve or fall into a coma. This is supposed to be Daniel’s chance to explore romance again after locking down his feelings for too long—except it turns out his could-be boyfriend is more interested in partying and being an obnoxious jerk. Daniel sends him packing, and now he’s stuck with a virtual stranger in an isolated mountain cabin.

Cole Smith crushed hard on cranky Daniel when they were teenagers. Alone with him in a romantic winter wonderland, those feelings roar back to life. Glimpsing the caring, vulnerable man under Daniel’s frosty shell, he yearns to get closer. Christmas is a time for surprises, and Daniel and Cole discover a scorching connection that just might melt their hearts.

This fluffy gay Christmas romance from Keira Andrews features former stepbrothers reconnecting as adults, sexy hot-tub shenanigans, cuddling by the fire, and of course a happy ending. 32,000 words.

In Case of Emergency by Keira Andrews was a short, sexy, and sweet holiday novella. It’s the story of two ex-stepsiblings who get stuck spending a week together after one of them gets hurt and the other feels obligated to take care of him.

I won’t lie I felt conflicted on the rating. My initial thoughts fell between 4 to 4.5 Stars. There was quite a bit I enjoyed.

-I love stories about stepbrothers. 🙂 I’d almost say it’s a “guilty pleasure” but I won’t because I feel no guilt whatsoever. LOL

-Cole. I’ll go as far to say that he single-handedly carried this book. He was so damn sweet, and he carried his heart on his sleeve.

-I loved their nerdy personalities. I found it endearing the way they bonded over staying cooked up and watching Star Wars.

-Smexy scenes. This is a KA book, so no surprise there.

BUT I couldn’t go as high as my initial feelings wanted. The more I sat on it; the more some niggles made their presence felt.

-Justin. He just fucken irritated me. He was “too much” of a villain and in the end felt a bit contrived. Luckily he didn’t play a significant role in the book.

-And there was no conflict. Everything kind of fell into place and once it did that was it- the end.

Overall though, it was a lovely little holiday novella. 3.8 Stars rounded up to 4.


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Galley copy of In Case of Emergency provided by Keira Andrews in exchange of an honest review.

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I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Hurt/comfort/healing
-Age gap

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