Book Reviews

Holiday House Swap by Sarah Madison

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Military/Former Military / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-November-2019

Book Blurb

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. 



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2016.


Book Review

Sometimes figuring out what to do next with your life isn’t obvious and can even be challenging and complicated – as both main characters in ‘Holiday House Swap’ are finding out. Noah is a reclusive writer who has writer’s block and needs new inspiration, and he figures a new environment may do the trick, so he agrees to a house swap over the holidays. Connor has just been given the “option” of retiring from the Air Force after twenty years rather than face disciplinary action for rescuing a buddy – and the last thing he expects is to find a total stranger in the house his brother had been taking care of and, apparently, felt free to swap with Noah’s remote home. Other than the setting is around Christmastime, the story doesn’t focus on the holiday as much as it does on Noah and Connor’s changes and growth once they meet and begin to interact.

From the moment these two men meet there is a sizzling tension between them, and not just because of their immediate attraction. Noah’s ideas about what Connor should do with his life and the horse farm his father left him are very different from Connor’s. Connor doesn’t get as involved in Noah’s life until much later, mainly because Noah isn’t willing to tell him about his pen name and that he is actually writing romances. Between the secrets they are both trying to keep, their shared interests, and the physical aspect of their relationship, they face a somewhat bumpy ride – and I enjoyed every minute of it since there was never a dull moment.

Both Noah and Connor are complicated characters with lots of quirks and flaws. It made them feel more real, and I loved all the details the author wove into the story: from the way Noah thinks about his writing and his career, to Connor and the secrets from his past, to the horses and riding, and to both men’s issues with their past and their families. It made for a very varied read with lots of action, revelations, and a slowly building emotional attachment between Noah and Connor that was carefully developed and heartwarming.

If you like romances with lots of complications, if you want to see two men in their late thirties find new purpose in their lives, and if you’re looking for a read that is multi-layered, entertaining, and funny, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 186 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-October-2019
Price $2.99 ebook
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