Welcome Michael P. Thomas – Book Review – It’s Not Yule, It’s Me

I’m reviewing Michael P. Thomas’s new release It’s Not Yule, It’s Me on my LJ today as part of his Release Day Blitz with Eyes On Books.

Title: It’s Not Yule, It’s Me
Author: Michael P. Thomas
Genre: Gay Romance, Holiday themed, Comedy
Length: 15,700 words
Publisher: JMS Books

Synopsis
Shannon hates Christmas. Mostly because Christmas hates him. It sure seems like it, anyway: every crummy thing that’s happened to him since high school has befallen him at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Every humiliating break-up, every high-rise hotel fire—heck, a few years back, one guy he had the hots for up and died. Which goes a long way toward explaining why he’s a whimpering mess when he meets Ben the barista one Christmas morning at his neighborhood coffee house. It doesn’t completely excuse his using Ben’s T-shirt as a handkerchief—while Ben’s still in it—but Ben’s nothing if not a good sport. Ben’s such a bright spot that after a while Shannon wonders if maybe his Christmas Curse hasn’t been lifted. And what better place to test this theory than at Ben’s family festivities?

It’s not like Christmas is actually cursed.

Is it?

Buy Links:
JMS Books: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_98&products_id=1575
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-Yule-Me-Michael-P-Thomas-ebook/dp/B0190NALJM
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-Not-Yule-Me-Michael-P-Thomas-ebook/dp/B0190NALJM
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/Its-Not-Yule-Me-Michael-P-Thomas-ebook/dp/B0190NALJM
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/597226

Review:
This is the first story I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I warmed to the main characters immediately. They’re quirky, and three dimensional. Within a couple of pages I needed to know what happened next. The writing style is very relaxed, and it’s easy to get caught up with the narrative.

The two main characters are Ben, who is a barista, and Shannon, a guy who picks the worst boyfriends. Shannon is also convinced he’s under ‘The Curse of the Christmas Boyfriend’, and his experiences at Christmas were amusing—at least for the reader, not so much for him. Seth deserves a mention too. He’s a kilt wearing barista with dreadlocks who works with Ben, and he gets some great lines.

I loved the way the author took the time to grow a friendship between Ben and Shannon, starting with annual meetings at Christmas, and then slowly growing into more. I think the way the story takes places over several years, with a glimpse of the highlights is one of its strengths. It’s also great to have two characters who are a little older, especially as their story continues.

I’d highly recommend It’s Not Yule, It’s Me to readers looking for a fun Christmas read with likeable characters, and a story that takes place over several years. 5 out of 5 stars.

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher and a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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