Monday, November 25, 2013

Review: Home for the Holidays by Lori Toland

Home for the Holidays Title: Home for the Holidays by Lori Toland
Series: The Replacement Guitarist #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published November 18th 2013 by Lori Toland (first published December 20th 2010)
Length: 233 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
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Jason Stockton and Blaze Shinozuka are looking forward to escaping their hectic rock and roll lifestyle for a relaxing holiday. Their plan seems promising, and the passion between them burns hotter than ever as they keep each other warm despite the icy temperatures.

When a surprise Stockton family get-together threatens to reveal what Jason would rather keep hidden, their budding relationship is put to the test and an impromptu trip to Hawaii makes the differences between them more obvious than ever.

Thanks to two chaotic family holidays and a lot of painful secrets, Christmas could end up being more than their new found love can endure.

And *NEW* The Journey Onward…

Getting back from paradise and being alone is exactly what Jason and Blaze need to build their relationship and break down the barriers between them but nothing is ever that simple. Being in LA means back to work for Jason and Blaze gets a sample of what life will be like as Jason’s partner.

Can loving each other be enough to keep them together? Blaze is finding out how much work goes into keeping a relationship alive and in their darkest hour, they will have to stand united as partners to weather a storm that could devastate their future.

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4.5 Stars rounded to 5

This is the sequel to The Replacement Guitarist and I suggest reading in order because the sequel starts exactly where the first book ends.

This is largely a romance and explores how Jason and Blaze integrate into each other's circles of relations, including family and friends. They spend the holidays first with Jason's family and then with Blaze's family. They each experiences the anxiety and pressure of entering a new family and trying to get along with everyone.

In The Replacement Guitarist, Blaze came out to his parents but not his grandmother. In Home for the Holidays, he comes out to his grandmother and she does not take it well. She is very traditional about sexual orientation. She's mainly lonely and angry that none of her grandchildren are living with her. Getting her to accept or even acknowledge Jason and Blaze's relationship is a super big huddle for the two. I can definitely see the emotional and physical struggle of the MCs to try to please Blaze's grandmother and to accept her rejection of their relationship. I love everything about the MCs struggle and strengthening of their relationship.

The second half of the book is after the holidays and Jason and Blaze are back to work. However, between their horrible schedule and Cassie's negative attitude and meddling, Jason and Blaze need to work hard to keep their relationship stable and be happy a couple. The ending is tapered off with a few unanswered questions about Cassie and fate of their careers that may be answered in the next book, if there will be one. Even in the face of trouble, Jason and Blaze demonstrates that they will overcome it with love, trust, and open communication.

Overall, this is an enjoyable read that focuses on maintaining a relationship and taking the next step to meet each other's families.

My review of The Replacement Guitarist: HERE

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