Monday 15 June 2020

Review: A New Life For Christmas by Liam Livings

A house exchange between two single men leads to a romantic new life for both of them.

Oliver and Kyle live thousands of miles apart, but each needs a break from his current life and love. Enter the Cloud B&B website, a wonderful new way to exchange homes for the holiday. They both muster their courage, and decide to visit another continent for Christmas.

In the UK, Oliver has been pining after his neighbour for far too long, living his comfortable but quiet life in a town in the New Forest. When his crush moves on in the worst possible way, Oliver is seduced by the chance to stay in fun-loving, sunny Miami.

In Miami, Kyle is a club owning workaholic, who suddenly discovers the man he lives with has been unfaithful. Yet again. As consolation, Kyle is tempted to see first hand the picturebook charm of the New Forest in winter.

Both of them find not just a new setting but a new romance. Oliver makes a big effort to shed his inhibitions and meets a musician, Mark, who plays in the Florida bars, and who may be just as cautious and polite as Oliver in making the first move.
And while Kyle’s trying to come to terms with England’s very different culture—and food!—he’s charmed by Oliver’s best friend Edward, who’s bold and sexy, but secretive.

Will Oliver take the leap of faith and encourage a lover who can and will give the commitment he deserves? And will Kyle find a man who can be loyal and also offer Kyle the family life he needs?

Review: A retelling of The Holiday with fabulously queer twist? Yes please! Oh I was hooked into this story from the word go and the short nature of this book meant that I could devour this whole thing in a couple of sittings. It was truly wonderful to be transported to christmas time and into one of my favourite festive films sitting in the May sunshine I can tell you. 

I loved the start of this novel, the situations that Oliver and Kyle find themselves in. They were so easy to relate to and I think any reader will be able to identify with both of these men in one way or another. I love how we get to see the vulnerable side of both these guys, see them put up their guard and also see what it takes to bring that guard down. I loved the way being out of their comfort zone affected the way they did things and loved watching them explore their new settings as well. 

The description of Christmas in a sunny setting and a snowy English setting were truly beautiful. I loved the description of the days of exploring that these men did. I liked the way I could smell and hear the meals and the shopping trips, I felt like I was discovering it all with them. 

The romance in this book is truly top notch as well. If you’re looking for your next sweet festive read you have found it. This book gets hot and steamy too without giving too much away and I am so here for more of that. I loved this read, I will definitely be seeking out more from this author soon!

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