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Holiday House Swap by [Madison, Sarah]
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Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. When she's in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it's cheaper than therapy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3004 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (21 Dec. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N2P57E8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a fun holiday romance. With nods to the film The Holiday, a novelist trades his rural cottage for a glamorous horse farm for the holidays. In a wonderful first scene, he is quickly surprised by the homeowner’s unscheduled return from Afghanistan.

The problems surrounding both of these men are enough for a full series of books and there is probably a little bit too much going on in a relatively short novel. Noah is a best selling novelist who publishes his books in his female best friend’s name. He is recovering from a difficult break up and struggling with writer’s block. Similarly, Connor has been discharged from the air force in difficult circumstances. He is struggling to manage his inheritance and in need of a clear direction for his future. With so many issues to work through, this story was a bit too convoluted for me.

The romantic connection between Connor and Noah develops in bursts and jolts. From an initial uneasy truce between housemates to a sudden sex scene to almost instant couple status, I didn’t feel that Connor and Noah’s romance progressed naturally. The result is a lack of the sexual tension that usually pulls a romance together and gets me invested as a reader.

This is told from Noah’s perspective. I enjoyed Noah’s voice, but I wanted to know more about Connor who is probably the more interesting of the two characters. As it is, Connor remains elusive for much of the story. Overall, I enjoyed this story but I never completely connected with the character or their romance.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Noah leaves his isolated cabin, and swaps a house for the Christmas period, in an effort to jump start his writer's block and give him the necessary push to decide what to do about using his friend as the face of his pen name. A mix up means the house is not empty, and Connor is home for good after facing an agonizing choice: retire on full pension, or face a court marshall, for an unauthorised mission to rescue a team member. Can Noah and Connor get on enough to share the massive house??

I'm not usually one for Christmas stories. When this was sent to me to ask did I want to read it, it came without a title, so I had no idea it would be a Christmas story but this one is just based around that time; there isn't much emphasis on the Christmas bit and I rather enjoyed it!

Noah has a sharp tongue and a witty mind, that sometimes moves at rocket speed and I struggled to keep up. Not a bad thing, though. Just meant I had to slow down me skim reading! I loved how his mind worked, not just for himself, but for Connor too, and how Noah pulled everyone from around Connor together, to make Connor see just what he really needed to do to keep the house and the horses.

I loved how Noah was fully aware of his friend, Julie and her predicament, being the name and face of Noah's series. Knowing he needs to release Julie is part of his reason for leaving the cabin in the first place.

BUT!!

I can't say what I thought of Connor, because its all Noah. Yes I KNOW I say it often enough to annoy even myself but I really did need Connor to have a say. I needed to know what was going through his mind when he mounted that rescue mission. When he came face to face with the rescuee (is that a word??) When he decided to make some sort of go of it with Noah.

Had we had Connor too, I have no doubt that this would have been a five star read. But we didn't, so...

4 stars

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars- low drama, good characters, and great dialogue 21 Dec. 2016
By A T - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Holiday House Swap was an enjoyable read that had all the components of a heartwarming romance. The main characters were strong, successful, and likable, who also showed vulnerabilities. I liked how the author highlighted their hobbies and interests in the story, it developed the characters and made them personable. I really enjoyed how Connor and Noah interacted. There was a push and pull to their relationship, but the chemistry as friends and lovers came through. Considering the romance was pretty fast, this was important and made their partnership believable. There was definitely heat between the characters as well; and though the sexy moments weren't prolific, I also wasn't left wanting. The dialogue was fantastic and easily my favorite aspect of the book. There was some banter and funny moments, but overall it flowed naturally and made the book a fun, easy read. I had just finished a suspenseful read, so Holiday House Swap made the perfect palate cleanser. There wasn't a lot of angst, the conflicts were confronted and resolved fairly quickly. The ending was done well, all subplots were resolved and the couple had a satisfying HEA. While the timeline was set around Christmas, I'm not sure it should be considered exclusively a "holiday romance" as this wasn't the focus. All in all, I found this to be a sweet, down-to-earth romance. It wasn't toothache inducing sweetness with too perfect characters, but rather it left a warm feeling in my heart and a smile on my lips. I'll definitely read more from Sarah Madison.

*eARC provided by Dreamspinner Press to Alpha Book Club. This review is not influenced by the author or publisher*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love sausage balls! 21 Dec. 2016
By Amanda@wickedgoodreads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sarah Madison is a new to me author, and when I read this blurb I thought the plot sounded quirky and fun. Noah, a reclusive author is suffering from a bit of writer’s block…so in somethong out of the norm for him, he agree’s to a holidy house swap with someone he has never met.

Unbeknownst to the ACTUAL owner of the house he is staying at, that is.

Connor has arrived home to a surprise vistor in the form of Noah. Connor has “retired” from the military nad is home to figure out what the next step in his life is. Noah see’s him as a sexy distraction, and also, a friend. These two…in a short amount of time, become fast friends, lover’s and partner’s.

All in all, I liked this book. It was a solid 4 stars for me. I would have loved dual POV’s just to get a tad bit from Connor’s POV, but honestly, Noah was all kinds of cute, sweet and quirky that it wasn’t necessarily needed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Holiday Read 22 Dec. 2016
By DiverseReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really loved the concept of this story. House swapping! I mean, it partially terrifies me. I don’t like people in my space but in this instance it made for a good story!

Noah is a writer who is suffering from the dreaded writers block. He swaps houses with a guy and his family. They take his cabin he gets their mansion. So far so good! Now the way Noah finds out he’s not alone in the house had me laughing hysterically! You’ll see.

Now, Noah is not just any writer. He’s a New York Times Best Selling Author! He writes romance mysteries that do amazingly well. The issue? His friend, who’s a girl, is the face of his work. Yes, it’s as much of a mess as you’d think.

Connor is the owner of the mansion and he’s home after a forced retirement form the USAF. You’d think they would be like oil and water but Noah and Connor are a perfect pair. They are the perfect balance the other needs.

I can go on and on about story line, plot, all that but then I’d give away the story and there would be no point in reading it. I loved Noah, minus his indiscretions with his lying to his fans. Yes, later I understood it and it does make sense. Wonderful personality. And for someone who starts off reclusive he actually didn’t show any of that. I read the blurb as a man who never left his home for awhile, didn’t interact with people all that. When his friend tries to get him to come to Paris to help with the award for his book his excuses follow along the lines of an introverted author who’s reclusive, and not good with people. But the second he house swaps we see an outgoing guy. Who’s great with people and throwing parties. So, I’m not sure what exactly happened or was he really reclusive at all? I chuck it up to Connor bringing something out of him.

His bisexuality comes up often and he explains it well even if there’s so many people in his life that don’t get it. Connor’s jealousy, his parents thinking. But each time Noah stood his ground and I commend his entire argument with his bisexuality. Well written.

I wanted to see Christmas morning with Noah and Connor and I wanted more interaction with his sister but we didn’t see that. It’s okay because the ending of the book made it worth the holiday absence!

I liked this holiday read and found it to be a lot about discovery, acceptance, and love.
4.0 out of 5 stars cute 4 star read. 27 Dec. 2016
By MRS M D ATTENBOROUGH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Noah leaves his isolated cabin, and swaps a house for the Christmas period, in an effort to jump start his writer's block and give him the necessary push to decide what to do about using his friend as the face of his pen name. A mix up means the house is not empty, and Connor is home for good after facing an agonizing choice: retire on full pension, or face a court marshall, for an unauthorised mission to rescue a team member. Can Noah and Connor get on enough to share the massive house??

I'm not usually one for Christmas stories. When this was sent to me to ask did I want to read it, it came without a title, so I had no idea it would be a Christmas story but this one is just based around that time; there isn't much emphasis on the Christmas bit and I rather enjoyed it!

Noah has a sharp tongue and a witty mind, that sometimes moves at rocket speed and I struggled to keep up. Not a bad thing, though. Just meant I had to slow down me skim reading! I loved how his mind worked, not just for himself, but for Connor too, and how Noah pulled everyone from around Connor together, to make Connor see just what he really needed to do to keep the house and the horses.

I loved how Noah was fully aware of his friend, Julie and her predicament, being the name and face of Noah's series. Knowing he needs to release Julie is part of his reason for leaving the cabin in the first place.

BUT!!

I can't say what I thought of Connor, because its all Noah. Yes I KNOW I say it often enough to annoy even myself but I really did need Connor to have a say. I needed to know what was going through his mind when he mounted that rescue mission. When he came face to face with the rescuee (is that a word??) When he decided to make some sort of go of it with Noah.

Had we had Connor too, I have no doubt that this would have been a five star read. But we didn't, so...

4 stars

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday House Swap 24 Dec. 2016
By H. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Noah Kinley is a best-selling romance author, except very few people know that. When trying to become a writer, he didn't get much interest as an average looking man, so he decided to write under his best friend's name and use her as his face to the public except now she wants out. Noah's peaceful, hermit life is no longer working for his muse so he finds a holiday house swap on the internet and decides it's exactly what he needs to get rid of his writer's block and to figure out how to make it known that he's the real author of the series, without losing all his fans. Once he gets to the grand house he's going to be staying in, he's thrilled with all the amenities; that is until he finds out that the house owner is not the one he swapped homes with. Connor Harrison comes home from his forced retirement from the Air Force to find a stranger in him home.

This story is told from Noah's POV, so I always feel like I don't know the other MC as well because we just get Noah's thoughts.

I'm not going to ruin any surprises for you, but the introduction of the two MC's was hilarious, awkward and not the norm! I loved it!! Both MC's had a full plate to deal with, and regardless of their plans could not leave the other one alone. Noah was a procrastinator and found many other things to do in trying to "fix" Connor's life to avoid fixing his own issues. He was nosy, but very insightful and able to offer different points of view to Connor for his family situations. Though this relationship happened quickly, it didn't feel like an instalove story.

This was a great holiday read with humor, love, a hot skinny dipping scene, interesting instructions on horseback riding, and a HEA with little angst. You definitely want to check this one!!

Rating: 4 stars
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