Monday, December 11, 2017

ARC Review: Out For the Holidays: An Out Novella by Cara Dee

Out For the Holidays: An Out Novella
I’m not saying Henry jinxed us when he chose to send out two hundred holiday cards stating we were going to have a blissful Christmas at home…

Before we knew it, our peace and quiet went out the window, and we were headed to Mexico for a photo shoot my agent had neglected to tell me about. Of course, we had to deal with the man who didn’t want us to be together, and then we ended up back in LA, and we had to figure out what was going on with my brother, and, and… Okay, deep breaths. FYI, Philadelphia is nowhere near our home in northern Washington. Additionally, I wonder how Viagra really works, and what’s it gonna take to get a proposal around here?

Honestly. I’m not saying Henry jinxed us, but I’m writing the damn card next year.

Warning: This story contains more sugar than the cookies you leave for Santa, and it's chock-full of greetings and updates from other characters written by Cara, titles including Noah, Home, Path of Destruction, Uncomplicated Choices, and more.

(A 40k words long Christmas-themed sequel to Out. Not a standalone.)

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​​Note: Out For the Holidays is not a stand alone story. If you have not read Out, you'll want to read that one, first.

I've read a lot of Christmas stories, lately, and to tell you the truth I'm kind of wanting to see the back end of this holiday. I was mildly concerned that because of Christmas burnout, I wouldn't enjoy the last Christmas story in my line-up (this one). I should not have been concerned. Out For the Holidays is a wonderful holiday story!

Like Out, Out For the Holidays is told entirely from Zach's POV. And just like Out, I loved being inside his head.

I can't get enough of these guys! Zach and Henry are just so damn special. I love their chemistry, their dedication to one another, their banter, their scorching hot smexytimes...just, all of it.

Out For the Holidays was humorous, ​​hot, and actually had a touch of conflict that is often missing in the sea of fluffy holiday stories. Cara Dee's storytelling style just meshes with me and Zach's voice is perfect. He's got a snarky sense of humor and I never ever have trouble relating.

In Out For the Holidays, Zach and Henry have declared that they're going to spend all of December in Camassia Cove and just relax and be with each other and their family. Well, as you can undoubtedly imagine, the best laid plans often do not go, well, as planned. December ends up being quite an adventure for our guys! But they do still make time for each other and that makes my heart swell.

Out For the Holidays is about family, at its core, just as holiday stories typically are, and I love their dedication to Henry's nephew and Zach's brother and their gran, and Martin, who is found-family, and integral. To be part of that family is to belong.

Along with Zach, Henry, Mattie, and Ty, we also get to visit with some other folks from Camassia Cove and Los Angeles, including Noah & Julian (​​Noah​​), Dominic​, Adrian, and Thea​ (​​Home​​), Lincoln & Adeline (​​Path of Destruction​​), ​and ​Casey​​ (​​Uncomplicated Choices​​). It's always a pleasure to check in with these folks who know what family and community really means. It also makes me wish I had my found-family closer because I miss them bunches.

I have several highlights I would love to share, here, but in the interest of not giving away plot points, I won't. But I will say that Out For the Holidays is my favorite holiday story this season!


ARC copy of Out For the Holidays was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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