Review: Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock and E.F. Mulder – XXXMas

xxxmasAuthor: Lisa Henry& J.A. Rock and E.F. Mulder
Reviewer: Vivian
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: M/M Holidays
ISBN: 9781623007416

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Fall on Your Knees
By: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Asa and his longtime partner, Javier, are looking forward to a cozy, kinky Christmas together. But when Asa discovers his coworker Drew has nowhere to go for the holidays, he invites Drew home for dinner. His motives aren’t entirely pure: Asa and Javier are both dominant, and occasionally arrange one night stands with submissives. Asa’s been hot for Drew for months, even though he has no proof Drew is kinky.

Drew has wanted Asa since the day they met. Drew could never come between Asa and his partner, but it doesn’t stop him from fantasizing about belonging to Asa. About letting Asa do filthy, painful, incredible things to him. He accepts Asa’s dinner invitation reluctantly, not eager to witness Asa and Javier’s domestic bliss firsthand.

When Javier discovers Drew’s profile on a BDSM site shortly before Drew’s arrival, the game changes. A bold proposition leads to Asa and Jav sharing a night of play and passion with a dinner guest who’s nowhere near as innocent as he looks. But as their not-so-silent night progresses, all three find themselves on shaky ground. Can they keep this no strings attached? Or is there a way for each man to get what he really wants for Christmas?

Shepherd, Wise Man, and the Little Drummer Boy
By: E.F. Mulder

They were as close as brothers, but hadn’t seen each other in a long time. The moment Shep sees Zeke again, standing there in his army fatigues, he wantes to strip him out of them. Shep’s trying to salvage a toxic relationship, though, and giving into his desires for Zeke doesn’t feel right to do. And even with Shep’s abusive ex gone for good, he still wants to wait.

When he and Zeke meet CJ by chance, however, CJ’s bold, brazen attitude lead to a sexual invitation they can’t resist. Before Shep can say “three-way” he’s lying beside the two, naked in CJ’s bed. The next morning, there are four of them. It seems like nirvana at first, but several partners engaged in sex is one thing; more than two to a relationship turns out to be something else. Shep has feelings for Zeke, and when it became obvious Zeke and CJ have feelings for each other, Shep’s uncertain as to where that leaves him. He finds out quickly, and very soon discovers, that three might just be his lucky number for the best Christmas ever.
Two bundled Christmas stories in this book. Both embrace polyamory and all its complications. There is a generosity and openness inherent in accepting a poly relationship and both of these got the feeling of it. They both left me with a good feeling which is one of the most important things for me in a holiday story, and thus is reflected in the rating.

Fall on Your Knees by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
3.5 hearts

A little lost lamb is taken home for the holidays. When fantasy and reality collides, not to mention the complexity of a new relationship merging into an existing one, there’s bound to be problems. Polyamorous relationships are complicated and require communication. Except that’s exactly what Javier, Drew, and Asa seem to be having the most difficulty doing.

While I know this is a novella, this seemed to go from zero to a hundred thirty in a blink. Not sex wise, but relationship wise. Seemed like happy house was a surprise to all, but they were ready to jump in pronto. It felt discombobulating in the rush to establish a triad when playtime was just fine. Because playtime was sexy and kinky as hell. Hot damn.

Shepherd, Wise Man, and the Little Drummer Boy by E.F. Mulder
2.5 hearts

Shep, runs a stables in Westchester, NY and is living with his boyfriend when Zeke, just out of the service comes to visit. Then there’s CJ who is just passing through in a parade, or so he thinks.

Let’s just say that each person’s situation is unstable when they all try to get together so it’s a rocky start for them, but they move well once they get going. Things get steamy, nearly out of hand and then it all breaks loose. Next thing they’re spinning around like tops. There’s ups and downs and all arounds with this one. The pacing is fast almost too fast at times and the prose is clunky in multiple places. But, even with all the flaws I enjoyed the story. As depressing or heavy as some off the plot lines are, it is irrepressibly optimistic, which is something I look for in a holiday story.

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