Holiday Outing by Astrid Amara.

aa_holidayoutingJonah hasn’t seen his family in twelve years. They don’t know he’s gay. Now he’s trapped with them in the storm of a century. A family heirloom has been stolen. And now, his childhood rival, Ethan, has arrived to steal his heart. From Loose Id.

This is my first contemporary read from Astrid Amara and it was wonderful. The premise was engaging, going home for the holidays and having that moment of truth with your family, which I imagine is on a lot of peoples minds at this time of year. Hanukkah and Christmas can be such interesting occasions to say the least! The feeling of being closed in and forced into each others company due to the storm was also clever and handled well. 

The book was sweet, sexy and funny. I think Astrid Amara’s style and pacing just gets better with every book she writes. She has a very original and romantic feel to her writing and her characters were a delight. I just loved the moment when Jonah opens his mothers beside drawer, total awww. Ethan was by turns hot and totally epitomized that cute boy you always had a crush on in school, but he’s also very human and has to make amends with Jonah for being such a shit when they were teenagers.

I nearly read it in one sitting and it made me feel like I was reading a romance novel, which sounds bizarre I know, (maybe it was the vodka in my trifle?) but it hit all the right notes for a romantic holiday read and then some. There were no awkward moments or lag, it was tight and an enjoyable read. There was also bathroom smex, snow and sleeping bags. Hawt!

Get the goodness at Loose Id.
Astrid Amara’s Blog with excellent description of the new book, laughed my ass off. She is teh funny.
Astrid Amara’s Website.

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  1. I think you should have it. It’s cool. And, it will help with the porn for ponies campaign. Think of the ponies!

    As for trifle, I think was supposed to use sherry or rum, but there was none in the house. Loads of vodka though. Lovely boozy trifle, have made the last few mornings bearable. Such a booze hag really. 😀

  2. Ooooh! I bought this last week and forgot all about it! Yay, something fun to look forward to at work tomorrow. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder. And, as always, GREAT review.

  3. As always I would like to know what you think babe. I am also jealous you have Ultimate Gay Erotica 2008. I do not 😦 Have seen it in the shops + something about cowboys. Noice.

  4. This was my fave holiday read this year-read Christmas eve to much enjoyment. I really like Astrid Amara’s work.

    So you’re surviving with boozy trifle like I am with my extra strength margaritas?? LOL.

    BTW, ta binks for the link to your photo. That was gorgeous.

  5. She is grand isn’t she?

    We’re onto the vodka and feijoa juice now. nom nom. and cricket. We’re quite boring I think! Aussie and SA. Oh dear, poor Ricky!

  6. Ok- I’m in the mood for a one-sitting read and this sounds like the book to do it with. Off to pop it in my shopping cart
    Oh and…..go South Africa!!! *evil grin*

  7. Hey Lee, it could be that the Aussies subconsciously want to finally give the cricket going public a 5 day test… or it could be that they just suck. LOL. So if South Africa wins do we all get one of your gorgeous tote bags?? *g*

  8. Woo! My favorite reviewer! Thanks for the lovely review! I’m sure you could relate to the mountains of snow and ice as you swelter through your summer. And it’s okay if your feelings were influenced by “the booze”. If it makes you feel any better, this was originally a story about Jewish robots exploding things in space. Then I sobered up and look what happened.

    This just in! Next story: Jewish Robots Exploding stuff in Space!

  9. hehe Astrid, Jewish Robots? Sounds ummmm interesting? 😉

    I promise I was not boozed! I was totally coherent writing this. Well, as coherent as I ever am. And you totally have my vote for your new position, crack me up hehe.

  10. Oooh another book to add to my Must Buy List. I still haven’t read Intimate Traitors, which you recommended and is sitting on my eBookwise. I want to read her so bad now!

    I love your reviews.

  11. I read this one yesterday. Very cute! Super review as always, Sarah.

    And I love your writing, Astrid! My favorite so far was your piece in HellCop. It was soooo yummy good. I’d love to see those boys again.

  12. @Kris
    Aussies sucking at cricket??? That’s well-nigh impossible! Must be the other thing…yeah..there’s nothing nicer than long, agonizing five day tests..and then you lose. We know all about it. ;-P
    And nice try but I’m having a hard time squeezing out more bags. It’s too hot to sew!

    Astrid- I’m sure you could make Jewish robots sweet, funny and hawt too. Until then I’m off to find your other books.

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