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Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock and E.F. Mulder – XXXMas

Rated: XXXmas - E.F. Mulder, Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock

Reviewer: Vivian

Genre: M/M Holidays



Two bundled Christmas stories in this book. Both embrace polyamory and all its complications. There is a generosity and openness inherent in accepting a poly relationship and both of these got the feeling of it. They both left me with a good feeling which is one of the most important things for me in a holiday story, and thus is reflected in the rating.


Fall on Your Knees by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

3.5 hearts


A little lost lamb is taken home for the holidays. When fantasy and reality collides, not to mention the complexity of a new relationship merging into an existing one, there's bound to be problems. Polyamorous relationships are complicated and require communication. Except that's exactly what Javier, Drew, and Asa seem to be having the most difficulty doing.


While I know this is a novella, this seemed to go from zero to a hundred thirty in a blink. Not sex wise, but relationship wise. Seemed like happy house was a surprise to all, but they were ready to jump in pronto. It felt discombobulating in the rush to establish a triad when playtime was just fine. Because playtime was sexy and kinky as hell. Hot damn.


Shepherd, Wise Man, and the Little Drummer Boy by E.F. Mulder

2.5 hearts


Shep, runs a stables in Westchester, NY and is living with his boyfriend when Zeke, just out of the service comes to visit. Then there's CJ who is just passing through in a parade, or so he thinks.


Let's just say that each person's situation is unstable when they all try to get together so it's a rocky start for them, but they move well once they get going. Things get steamy, nearly out of hand and then it all breaks loose. Next thing they're spinning around like tops. There's ups and downs and all arounds with this one. The pacing is fast almost too fast at times and the prose is clunky in multiple places. But, even with all the flaws I enjoyed the story. As depressing or heavy as some off the plot lines are, it is irrepressibly optimistic, which is something I look for in a holiday story.