MtSnow reviews ‘A Christmas Bonus’ by EM Lynley, audiobook released on Audible December 8th, 2015, Narrated by Michael Pauley, Length 3 hrs 15 mins, published by Silk Road Press.
Why MtSnow Listened To This Novella: When I first began reading M/M romance a few years ago, EM Lynley’s Gem series was one of the first that I read. I enjoy her style, and have gotten to where I look forward to the far away locations she uses as a background in her books. I always learn something, whether it be about the locale, or the job that the MC portrays, and I find it refreshing to dig in. The fact this one was shorter, and had a Christmas theme, well, it just came at the right time for me!
note: a copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
What happens when business turns to pleasure?
Alec Compton’s dream job at a Wall Street investment firm is on the line if he can’t close a make-or-break takeover deal by the end of the year.
The buyer is none other than world-renowned billionaire and corporate raider Brant Linton, recently named one of the hottest and most eligible gay businessmen. Electricity crackles at their first meeting, and Alec’s thoughts drift far from business, despite his distaste for Brant’s business practices.
When Brant takes off early to spend Christmas with his sister’s family on the exclusive French Polynesian island of Taha’a, Alec has no choice but to follow if he wants to get Brant to sign on the dotted line. But Brant’s sister has forbidden him from conducting business during the holidays and Alec must masquerade as Brant’s boyfriend lest she find out what they’re really up to.
Then business turns into pleasure, but neither Brant nor Alec know whether the other is there for the deal, or for something more personal in EM Lynley’s sizzling holiday novella A Christmas Bonus.
This story was very interesting due to the fact it started out in New York City, and ended up in the French Polynesian island of Taha’a. I loved the idea that the air smells like vanilla when you get on the island due to the fact that harvesting and processing of vanilla beans is a major export for the people there. And who, at Christmas, doesn’t maybe dream a little bit about vacationing to such a warm and lovely place as this island?!
I appreciated the research the author must have put in to be so in-depth with the details of mergers and acquisitions. Many times for me financial stuff can just be boring or stuffy, but I learned quite a bit about the business side of takeovers here. Alec, the younger MC, seemed a bit callous at first, but I was able to warm up to him later when he was in a more informal, familial setting. At first, I was almost afraid the author was going to have Brandt, the other MC, be a bit of a cheater, but ‘phew!’ She didn’t let it get that far…
Two items that did affect my overall impression of the story; and this is only due to it being an audio, was that the narrator didn’t differentiate very well between the two MC’s voices, so I found myself getting a little lost now and then. His voice was rather pleasant to listen to though.
The other point of contention… and many don’t weigh in on this, but I was a little sad that the cover had such an obvious ‘cut & paste’ look to it, which is a shame in this day and age of such great cover artists and tools to choose from! If it had been updated, and the narrator had made a bit more of a change in the MC voices, this book would’ve been a top-notch winner for me.
It was great being able to go to a warm, far away place while at home surrounded by all this cold, white stuff. There was also nostalgia and Christmas spirit that ended up resolving outstanding issues at the end, and the family aspect worked well. Everything thrown together helped prove that both MCs had redeeming qualities. I can definitely recommend this one for the holiday season!
8.5 of 10 pots of gold
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. Her Precious Gems series is best described as “Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone”—only gayer. The Delectable series is Gay Romance with Taste.
A Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.
She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others. Her books are available in print and e-book from Amazon & other book distributors.