Thursday, November 30, 2017

Release Blitz Review: In Case of Emergency by Keira Andrews

In Case of Emergency
by Keira Andrews
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: November 30, 2017

Former stepbrothers find Christmas romance under the tree.

After years alone, Daniel Diaz is finally ready to shake up his orderly, solitary life. He's about to leave for a cozy Christmas getaway with his new man when he gets the call from the ER that his former stepbrother has been admitted with a concussion and a broken hand—and Cole put him down as his emergency contact. Why the hell would he do that? Daniel barely knows the guy. After all, their parents' marriage lasted less than a year and it was a decade ago!

But Cole has no one else to look after him and strict doctor's orders not to be left alone. So fine, Daniel will bring him along on vacation to make sure he doesn't starve or fall into a coma. This is supposed to be Daniel's chance to explore romance again after locking down his feelings for too long—except it turns out his could-be boyfriend is more interested in partying and being an obnoxious jerk. Daniel sends him packing, and now he's stuck with a virtual stranger in an isolated mountain cabin.

Cole Smith crushed hard on cranky Daniel when they were teenagers. Alone with him in a romantic winter wonderland, those feelings roar back to life. Glimpsing the caring, vulnerable man under Daniel's frosty shell, he yearns to get closer. Christmas is a time for surprises, and Daniel and Cole discover a scorching connection that just might melt their hearts.

This fluffy gay Christmas romance from Keira Andrews features former stepbrothers reconnecting as adults, sexy hot-tub shenanigans, cuddling by the fire, and of course a happy ending. 32,000 words.

This is another Christmas novella and I think it lacks the feel good, sugary sweet moments. On the day Daniel was supposed to meet up his potential boyfriend for a romantic getaway, he got a call from the hospital that his ex-stepbrother was in need of help. These two have never meet each other for a decade and Cole was still having a big crush on Daniel. Seeing as Daniel was forced to bring Cole along for the supposedly romantic getaway, Cole was over the moon and Daniel was as grumpy as ever.

Considering this is a short read, I would prefer we focus more on Daniel and Cole reconnecting in more ways than one. But for the majority of the first half, we have to deal with Justin and the gang, who comprised of Daniels' co-workers. Justin is a total jerk and his role is to make Daniel feel bad about himself, so that Cole can console him in return. 

The last bit was abit too quick for me to digest. All of a sudden, they both started kissing and having sex and then the book ended. Granted we did have a nice and sweet HEA, but I honestly can do without reading so much of the other characters ruining the moment. 

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

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