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I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Hunk for the Holidays - Katie Lane With a title like Hunk for the Holidays, I have to admit I was not expecting much beyond holiday-themed smut. I certainly wasn't expecting a fairly complex, riotously funny family drama with two well-written romances or the best holiday read of the year. I got very lucky on Christmas day with this book.The primary romance is both a mistaken-identity story and an enemies/rivals-to-lovers story. It is hot and angsty and hilarious in turns. And ridiculous as well, but I don't think it would work without being ridiculous. The secondary romance (an unexpected bonus) is a second-chance story. It's sweet but has at least one plot hole that kept this from receiving 5 stars from me. Why was Amy balancing her checkbook? Why???The secondary characters are a wonderful version of the big, meddling, trouble-causing families I love in books. And it sounds like two other siblings may be featured in another book. There are also funny neighbors and a scheming 9 year old girl, a soul-matching, whiskey-drinking 90 year old great aunt and a one-eyed cat. It really was a lot longer, more interesting and more fun than I expected.The love scenes are not very long and there are not a lot of them. I would not consider this erotic romance. But they are well written, funny and original. They flow very well with the rest of the story.Overall this was a lot more book than I expected it to be and I enjoyed it a lot. It's perfect for a silly, romantic and fun way to spend a lazy holiday afternoon.