This is a collection of three of RJ Scott's stories set around Christmas. Each story is very different from the rest. But each story has its own emotional pull to it. The first two are stand alone. Number three, you need to read the first book, Deefur Dog to understand the relationship shown in Deefur and The Great Mistletoe Incident. As always, this author writes great characters, full of human fragility, flaws and failings.
Angel in a Bookshop:
After a meltdown and the loss of his father, Josh is back at the book shop his dad owned. Does he want to sell it or keep up with the family business? Michael has the shop next door. He’s the exact opposite of Josh, carefree and easy going. What is it about Josh that is different than the thousands of other humans he’s dealt with? Watching the relationship develop between the two is beautiful. Each has their own worries and fears. Josh with his health, his mom, the shop and what to do. Michael wonders if Josh is worth giving his immortality up for.
Jesse is still not over the betrayal of his ex boyfriend. Everything about Christmas is a reminder of the worst time of his life. He hates Christmas. It’s been two years, but he’s not over it. His agent sends him on an assignment to Eden Vale, a town he’s calling Christmasville. There he meets Gabriel, who still believes in the magic of the season. Can Gabriel help Jesse stop hurting and find the magic in the season? The author wrote Jesse so you feel his pain. You want him to find happiness in life again, to find the passion that fueled his art and photography. Gabriel is a gentle soul, happy with who he is and his place in life even if he is a bit lonely. I love the journey as Jesse and Gabriel find each other. And when Jesse finds meaning in Christmas again.
Deefur and The Great Mistletoe Incident:
Deefur is a Great Dane; his family consists of Cameron, who lost his first husband at Christmas time. There is Emma, who is Cameron’s daughter. And Jason, the new love in Cameron’s life. But Christmas is back and for Cameron, with it all of the old memories and fears. When Jason goes overboard with Christmas decorating, Deefur eats mistletoe. This causes tempers flair, and anxiety to rise along with fears that show in both Jason and Cameron. All of these characters and the dynamics of the relationships are found in the first story. You need to read it. I love this story! I love having another glimpse at Cameron and Jason’s relationship.
RJ Scott's Christmas Collection is a must read for the holidays!
Adam is a bodyguard who is stuck with pretty boy actor Logan. When Logan’s stalker get’s bolder, it’s up to Adam to keep him safe.
Logan is adorable and sweet and sexy. I love how he wants to come out and be an actor but is afraid of the coming out part. It makes me want to hug him tight. Adam is tight lipped, stone faced and sexy as hell. These two are great characters. The plot itself, while straightforward, is well written. I really enjoy the story progression. The sex scenes are actually not what I expected. They are very rushed and rather jumbled. I had to go back and reread certain parts because they are suddenly naked or their positions are explained oddly. There ‘relationship’ is quite quick too. The mystery is really well done and I was engaged in the world the author portrayed of a stalked celebrity.
Bodyguard to a sex god is an entertaining read!
In the fourth book in this series, RJ Scott gives us a romance for Phin's secret half-brother, Asher, who
was introduced in one of the previous books in the series. Asher has kept his royal Elvish parent a secret his entire life, but when Phin comes back to the Second Kingdom hoping to gain allies for his lover Joseph's cause, Asher gets drawn into more political intrigue and is forced to stop hiding. Simeon is the
feline shifter sent with Phin as bodyguard and ambassador to his own family. Like Phin, he prefers to avoid the Second Kingdom and its problems, but his immediate desire for Asher causes his thinking to widen slowly to include more than just himself.
The pairing of Simeon and Asher seemed unlikely at first, but the way the events developed made it make so much sense by the end of the story. I enjoyed the way their strengths played off each
other and how Simeon learned to care about a species other than his own and really pay attention to the ugliness of his home kingdom. I was really surprised by the king of the elves and his solution for the succession issue. Again, the main villain of the series showed his long reach without ever actually showing up in the book - I look forward to seeing the overall resolution of the series, but the journey is very enjoyable. As always, I am sucked in by RJ Scott to the world the author has created and don't really want to leave it when the book is over!