Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton

Title: Winter Oranges
Author: Marie Sexton
My Rating: A+

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Jason and Benjamin
Release Date: December 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

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Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: http://www.glbthotline.org/

My Review:
This book was so incredibly good. I almost didn't pick it up because the cover has a very historic look to it and I don't read historical...but then I read the description and was intrigued...rightly so. I loved this story.

This story is about Jason...a B-list actor who is tired of the tabloids following him and blowing up his life in the tabloids. To get away, he's moved to a remote house away from everyone and everything...at least he thought so. He wasn't prepared share his home with a ghost from the Civil War, Ben.

Ben never died. His sister trapped him into a snow globe to keep him from going off and joining the war...and then she lost the snow globe. He's been trapped with it ever since. He can come out of the globe in ghost form and occupy the room where the globe is stored, but that's his limit. It's been an awful existence for 150 years...and Jason has been the first person that entire time who's been able to see him.

This book is so wonderful. After Jason gets over his shock and fear, he becomes friends with Ben and can't help but feel awful about Ben's situation. Anyone who got to know him would be naturally empathetic to this torturous existence. As a result, Jason has done everything he can to help Ben experience life again. But that's easier said than done with Jason is someone famous...who is acting more than a little crazy because he's talking to someone that's not there and carrying an antique snow globe with him everywhere.

Everything about the way this story unfolded worked for me. I was completely caught up in the story and the impossibility of these guys together for the long-term. Both their back stories were unique and not the expected. I really liked that Jason is a B-list actor rather than an A-list. The scenes with them watching his old horror movies were great. And Ben's last 150 years haven't been easy...despite his obsession with 80's nighttime soap operas. (His first question to Jason is 'Who shot J.R.?'.

This is a book I fully plan to buy in print because I want to reread it every year. It's just a fantastic story and 20% of the profits go to GLBT National Help Center so it's a huge win/win. I highly recommend you check this one out. I think you will be swept away by the beauty and magical qualities of this beautiful romance!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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