Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ARC Review: Champagne Kisses by Lynda Archer

The Christmas Eve wedding Evan Cleary pulled together in four weeks is crashing down around him and taking his fledgling event planning business with it. With an empty altar and over a hundred guests arriving soon, he turns to the resistant, gorgeous brother of the runaway groom for help.

When Richard Patterson’s flamboyant brother storms out hours before he’s scheduled to marry his equally dramatic partner, Richard is left dealing with the fallout. The last thing he wants is more drama, yet he can’t deny his attraction to the effeminate event planner trying to salvage the wedding.

Evan thinks his crush on Richard is a lost cause, but one steaming kiss later, he learns different. What starts as a night of hot sex turns into a connection neither expected. But Evan knows their relationship is hopeless unless the ultra-conservative Richard can embrace every part of him—both in private and in public.

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When a vase goes flying and puts one of the grooms in the hospital for stitches, Evan knows his carefully planned wedding is ruined. It doesn’t help that the other groom threw the vase. Alas! What’s an event planner to do?

Turn a Christmas Eve wedding into a Christmas Eve party, of course!

Champagne Kisses is definitely on Santa’s Naughty List. (All the best things are.)

A full third of the book is sex. (No, I'm not exaggerating. Not complaining either.)

Evan and Richard, the brother of one of the ex-grooms, have one smokin’ hot night together. And I do mean SMOKIN’. Ceiling mirror included.

I liked the two MCs together. The opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers theme is one of my favorites, and Evan and Richard’s sexual chemistry is intense.

Evan is charming and swishy; he doesn’t hide his femme side under a basket. He wants Richard, but doesn’t want to be discarded like last night’s wedding cake.

Richard is standoffish and allergic to all things femme. Richard isn’t in the closet ... not exactly. He just doesn’t like guys who wave the rainbow flag wherever they go.

I was not happy with Evan at the end of the story. I get he wanted to leave before he could be left, but I was surprised by his immaturity.

Richard, however, grew on me; he was a jerk at the beginning, but he really stood up for his man, and that is a WIN in my book.

Even though I very much enjoyed the smex in this one, I could tell that Archer writes mostly M/F romance. The sex descriptions are flowery, and the power dynamic (with Richard being toppy and in control, and Evan essentially bending to his will) read like the het scenes I used to read back in the day.

This should have bothered me more, but my brain went on hiatus around the time Evan had his first orgasm.

Final verdict: HELLA SEXY with an epilogue worthy of champagne (kisses and MORE)! Recommended for a hot, quick read.

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