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The Christmas Throwaway Paperback – 8 Mar 2013
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About the Author
Writing MM Romance with a happy ever after.
RJ Scott lives just outside London. She has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and was told to write a story. Two sides of A4 about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born. She loves reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, her first real love will always be the world of romance. Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a sweet tale with hints of sadness for Zach and for his family situation, but all works out well in the end, with him and Ben in the start of their HEA. Ben did the 'noble, responsible thing' due to his job, position and age, so the romance element took a bit of a backseat to the rest of the happenings, and what romance there was was low-key, but very heartfelt and sweet.
For me, this would have been a perfect read had the author given us epilogue part 2, perhaps another 5yrs or so down the line, with the leads on more of an equal footing and living and cementing their HEA. Still, it was a very worthwhile read as it was.
Copy courtesy of the author and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.
In an almost schizophrenic about-turn, the final section of the book moves away from charming romance that wouldn't even offend Mary Whitehouse to throwing four-letter words at us and giving us rather detailed sex scenes in lieu of a proper conclusion to the story. It's a very odd state of affairs, and rather a sad one too. Part of the appeal of the book's storyline and writing up until that point is that it was a gay-themed novel(la) that didn't rely on copious amounts of nudity and sex scenes for once.
It does appear that very few writers and film directors think that gay men are willing to watch or read any gay-themed work unless it contains moments that are, no doubt, intended to arouse the audience. With The Christmas Throwaway, I would argue that these elements come so far out of the blue that they are almost laughable - or that someone as a practical joke swapped the original final act for a sexy one without the author noticing. It's a shame, because this is sweet and charming up until that point, but the final chapters are silly, supposedly sexy, padding and nothing more.
The book seemed to become increasingly formulaic as it went on. I felt I could hear the author planning; we'll put a bj on page X and a sex scene on page X +12...
I would have liked the book to contain more interest than the continual repetition of the protagonist's concern for his sister. The delaying tactics used to drag out that issue to the end of the book seemed a little contrived.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lovely, warm, gentle and kind Christmas story. A real romance with good people and honest hope for the future. Not fancy, not deep, not complicated; just nice- reread shelf.Published 18 months ago by pencilq
I love the characters :)
Although some scenes are not very believable (not really realistic), the love between them is very sweet too.
I loved this book, the story line is moving in parts. Down to earth. Sad to start, good happy ending. Open for the run on?Published on 20 Nov. 2013 by Steve Bircher