Friday, September 22, 2017

Release Blitz Review: Yuletide Truce by Sandra Schwab

Yuletide Truce
by Sandra Schwab
Release Date : 22 September 2017
Genre: historical romance, Victorian romance, mm romance, holiday romance
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London, 1845

It's December, Alan "Aigee" Garmond's favorite time of the year, when the window display of the small bookshop where he works fills up with crimson Christmas books and sprays of holly. Everything could be perfect — if it weren't for handsome Christopher Foreman, the brilliant writer for the fashionable magazine About Town, who has taken an inexplicable and public dislike to Aigee's book reviews.

But why would a man such as Foreman choose to target reviews published in a small bookshop's magazine? Aigee is determined to find out. And not, he tells himself, just because he finds Foreman so intriguing.

Aigee’s quest leads him from smoke-filled ale-houses into the dark, dingy alleys of one of London's most notorious rookeries. And then, finally, to Foreman. Will Aigee be able to wrangle a Yuletide truce from his nemesis?


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Is weird to be reading a Christmas theme book in August. I guess the holiday spirit haven't kick in yet. Yuletide Truce is an enemies to lovers short story between a small book reviewer and the town popular magazine's writer. Aigee is the underprivileged kid from the wrong side of the town and now become a respectable employee from his own hard work. Why did the famous Christopher Foreman keep eviscerating his review over and over again? They hardly know each other.

There was just 68 pages and I can't delved on much more without giving everything away. I think this is a rather nice read, but isn't all that impactful or memorable. For a Christmas theme story I also need it to be more sugary sweet and sappy, which I think is lacking here. Aigee and Christopher both seems quite reserved in their feelings towards each other.


Now Mrs. Woodall’s smile diminished as her gaze fell on the magazine Aigee was holding. “Oh dear. About Town? I take it the ‘Adonis of Fleet Street’ has struck again.”

At the mentioning of Foreman’s nickname among the London publishing world, a rush of heat washed through Aigee. Lord, as if the whole situation wasn’t already embarrassing enough! No, to make matters worse, Aigee’s body—well, his prick, he supposed—had also decided to take a fancy to the very man who delighted in publicly bashing him.

It was ridiculous!

Beyond embarrassing.

And yet…

Well, Foreman was attractive, otherwise he wouldn’t have gained that particular epithet. He was tall, with a lean, trim body, violet-blue eyes, ridiculously long lashes, and a head of golden hair that tended to curl if he let it grow too long.

Handsome like the devil himself.

No, not the devil. Some kind of arrogant angel, tumbled to earth, probably thrown out of the heavenly choir because he had spouted some profanity at a horrified archangel.


Award-winning author Sandra Schwab started writing her first novel when she was seven years old. Thirty-odd years later, telling stories is still her greatest passion, even though by now, she has exchanged her pink fountain pen of old for a black computer keyboard. Since the release of her debut novel in 2005, she has enchanted readers worldwide with her unusual historical romances (some of which she now uses to shamelessly fangirl over Punch, her favorite Victorian magazine).

She holds a PhD in English literature, and in autumn 2015, she appeared on the BBC documentary Great Continental Railway Journeys to talk about another favorite topic of hers, the Grimms’ fairy tales (while walking through a rather muddy stretch of the Black Forest) (there were a lot of slugs, too).

She lives in Frankfurt am Main / Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library.


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