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Holiday House Swap by Sarah Madison

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Holiday House Swap by Sarah Madison

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About the Author
Sarah Madison is a writer with a big dog, a big horse, too many cats, and an extremely patient boyfriend. She writes because it's cheaper than therapy. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dog or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. An avid reader as a child, early on Sarah was asked to decide between her creative and scientific interests. Believing that she couldn't explore both sides of her personality, she chose science and made a conscious decision to shut away her creative nature.

Though she loved her work, she always felt like something was missing from her life, but whenever she questioned that feeling too deeply, she convinced herself that a life without joy was simply the definition of being a grownup. One day she discovered fanfiction online, and it was like waking a sleeping dragon. Over the next three years, she wrote over a million words of fanfic, finally deciding perhaps it was time to take the training wheels off the bike and try her hand at original stories. Now an award-winning author of M/M romances, Sarah believes that if she can transport you to another world for a few hours, make you forget your bad day at work, or your chronic illness, or anything that hurts you--even for a little while--then she's done her job as an author.

Publication Date
December 21, 2016
Reclusive writer Noah Kinley is facing a dilemma: how to confess to the world he’s really the author of a best-selling romance series. For years, his friend Julie has been the face of his brand, but she wants her life back now. Fast running out of ideas for his popular series, Noah wants to break out into other genres. Not that he’s writing much of anything at the moment anyway, thanks to paralyzing writer’s block. With his publisher breathing down his neck for the next installment, he hopes a change of scene will get his writer’s juices flowing again. Desperate enough to try anything, during the holidays Noah swaps his isolated cabin in the woods for a gentrified horse farm.

USAF Major Connor Harrison has chosen forced retirement over facing charges for an unauthorized mission to rescue a buddy from behind enemy lines. No one expects him home for the holidays, and he certainly didn’t anticipate finding a stranger in his house, much less Noah Kinley with his acid tongue and a wry sense of humor that pierces all of Connor’s defenses.

Both men need to figure out what the next chapter in their lives will be—and whether it will include each other

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A house swap leads to finding love and new beginnings
(Updated: December 21, 2016)
I have to say I'm a total sucker for Christmas/holiday stories. I can't get enough of them at this time of year. Holiday House Swap certainly ticks the Christmas setting box but it's so much more. This novel is totally character driven and could be set around any time of year and I would still have adored it. 

Noah Kinley is the author of a New York Times best selling romance series, but only one person outside of his publisher knows. He's best friend Julie became the secret face of his books when publishers suggested he couldn't be successful in this genre as a man. Facing writers block and Julie's desire to start living her own life as a professional singer, Noah needs a quiet place to find a way to untangle the web of lies he's created. He certainly didn't expect such success from his novels and finding a way to free both of them is proving very difficult. A house swap to a gentrified horse ranch in rural Maryland feels like a great option to clear his head and make some very important decisions about the future. Who knows, he may even get some inspiration to break his writers block. 

Connor Harrison is a recently retired USAF Major returning to the horse ranch he inherited from his father. Since they were estranged at the time of his death, Connor is struggling to understand the inheritance, and more importantly whether or not he'll be able to hold on to a ranch that costs a great deal of money to run. Money he doesn't have. Still, it's the perfect place to try to put the memories of his time in service behind him and start again. Having no idea his brother has swapped the ranch for a holiday at Noah's cabin in rural Maine, Connor is in for an interesting surprise when he enters his home. 

As Noah settles down to relax in the deliciously decadent jacuzzi, easing his muscles from the long day of travel, the last thing he expects is a gorgeous man in military fatigues to enter the bathroom pointing a gun at him. Connor is equally surprised to find a ruggedly handsome, bespectacled man singing Christmas songs in his bubble filled jacuzzi. This meeting is written with great wit and humour and the chemistry between these two men is instant and off the charts. The journey these two lovely men embark on results in them finding a way to move forward in a way that meshes their lives, but also allows them to live them authentically. 

I adored Noah from the first page; his wit and vulnerability, his quiet (and sometimes loud) persistence and strength. Connor had a quiet vulnerability around Noah that contrasted with his  strength and they balanced each other so well. The secondary characters were really well written and provided added layers and depth to the MC's story. I loved Noah's family, particularly his niece, and inwardly cheered when Noah ran into his ex, Elaine. Success really is the best revenge. The author dealt with the issue of Noah's bisexuality with authenticity. It was part of his journey, but no more or less than his other life experiences. 

Holiday House Swap was a joy to read. I didn't want to put it down, and Sarah made it hard to do so until the final page. It left me with a smile on my face and the desire to reread it in the future. Highly recommended. 
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