Friday, December 8, 2017

Review Tour: Merry & Bright by Joanna Chambers

Title: Merry & Bright
Author: Joanna Chambers
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: November 23, 2017
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Three seasonal love stories from Joanna Chambers.

Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin is concerned, Christmas is a giant waste of time. Quin’s on the fast track to partnership, and the season of goodwill is just getting in the way of his next big project. But when Quin’s boss, Marley, confiscates his phone and makes him take an unscheduled day off, Quin finds himself being forced to confront his regrets, past and present, and think about the sort of future he really wants…and who he wants it with.

Mr Perfect’s Christmas
Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?

Rest and Be Thankful
Things haven’t been going well for Cam McMorrow since he moved to Inverbechie. His business is failing, his cottage is falling apart and following his very public argument with café owner Rob Armstrong, he’s become a social outcast. Cam needs to get away from his troubles and when his sister buys him a ticket to the biggest Hogmanay party in Glasgow, he can’t leave Inverbechie quick enough. But when events conspire to strand him in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm, not only is he liable to miss the party, he’ll also have to ask his nemesis, Rob, for help.

Merry & Bright
Overall Anthology Original & Re-read Review December 2017:
Merry & Bright is a lovely collection of Joanna Chambers holiday novellas. Having read Humbug & Rest and Be Thankful previously, it was fun to revisit those characters.  Mr. Perfect's Christmas was new to me and it was equally fun.  Joanna Chambers has a way of creating characters and scenarios that entertain but they also allow you to learn something about yourself if you open your mind.  Don't get me wrong, they don't read as a teaching lesson, the author has not set out to make you learn something but she writes her characters in a way that you can't help but be reminded of things we tend to take for granted.  You may learn something about yourself but most of all you get a wonderful romance(in the case of Merry & Bright you get three) that will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.

Original Review December 2015:
You can't help but notice the connection to A Christmas Carol, which is my favorite Christmas story ever, so that alone piqued my interest.  Well, only a chapter in and my interest was justified because Quin definitely has something to learn about life and himself.  He may not have help from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as Scrooge did but life has dealt his boss, Marley a hard lesson in loss and she in turn forces Quin to take a break from the office. I always tear up when Scrooge learns the meaning of Christmas and when Quin learns a few things about himself I teared up too.  A truly perfect read for the holiday season.

Mr. Perfect's Christmas
Original Review November 2017:
This is a lovely holiday romance with intriguing characters.  I couldn't help but want to bang a little sense into Sam's head hoping to make him feel a better fit with his co-workers but at the same time I understand why he feels on the outside looking in.  Such a lovely read that is fun, entertaining, and it just might help you remember that sometimes words are very much needed.  In general, as a species we humans are not mind readers and although some things seem and feel obvious to us, its not so obvious to others.

Rest and Be Thankful
Original Review December 2015:
I had featured Joanna Chambers in anthologies before but until this Christmas reading season, I hadn't actually read her work. What was I waiting for? This is the second story of hers I've read in the past 4 weeks and I loved it. Cam and Rob are the kind of pair that you just know where they should be and that they will get there but the story lies in the "getting" there. Once again, communication or lack thereof is the key, something we all need to remember. When the weather and safety brings Cam and Rob together so they have to finally talk, well let's just say that's when the holiday really begins.


Author Bio:
Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.



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