Home for the Holidays

The Replacement Guitarist, #2

Home for the Holidays by Lori Toland is a must read for fans of The Replacement Guitarist. As usual, Ms. Toland writes a fun and fast paced romance that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. Her characters are not only realistically written, and very likeable people, whose charm and quirkiness make them memorable long after the book is finished.

Jason Stockton and Blaze Shinozuka have been looking forward to spending some quality time together over the holidays. They’ve been seeing each other for a little over six months now, and things have been going pretty smoothly for the loving couple. But, when Jason’s family intrudes on their plans, this pushes the boundaries of their still budding relationship. Things get even worse when they decide to spend some time with Blaze’s family in Hawaii. Both men soon find out there are still many things they don’t know about each other, and it makes them realize that they really do come from very different backgrounds. Will they be able to work through their differences and embrace the deep love they have for each other or will their differences pull them apart?

I really liked the continuation of Jason and Blaze’s story. I love how their relationship continues to progress and they get to know each other. The one thing I think Ms. Toland excels at is her ability to really get to the heart of her characters and move her story along quite smoothly. Her characters are likeable, humanly flawed and all unique in their own way. They are addictive to read about and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

Although I do believe you could read Home for Holidays as a stand-alone book, I don’t recommend it. To truly understand the amazing dynamics between the characters and the deep love and strong chemistry between Blaze and Jason, I do recommend reading The Replacement Guitarist first. Once you get to know these characters, you’ll be glad you did.


Book Blurb for Home for the Holidays

Jason Stockton and Blaze Shinozuka are looking forward to escaping their hectic rock and roll lifestyle for a relaxing holiday. Their plans seem promising, and the passion between them burns hotter than ever as they keep each other warm despite the icy temperatures. Then a surprise Stockton family get-together threatens to reveal what Jason would rather keep hidden, and an impromptu trip to Blaze’s home in Hawaii makes the cultural, financial, and social differences between them more obvious than ever. Thanks to two chaotic family holidays and a lot of painful secrets, Christmas could end up being more than their budding relationship can endure.


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 4.50