Erryn reviews ‘A Very Marian Christmas’ (Made Marian Book 7) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published November 20, 2017.The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Pauley, released by Lucy Lennox on November 21st, 2017 and is 7 hrs and 4 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
***Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this review for a chance to win an audio-code from the author.***
Why I read this book: Pumpkin-flavoured lube.
12 Marian Men-A-Mating… I mean, A-Meeting
11 Blind Dates-A-Blinding
10 Lords-A-Leaping (to conclusions)
9 Ladies Dancing (okay, maybe that’s Griff)
6 Love Junk Gadgets
5 **DRA-AAG QUEENS**
4 Calling Neighbors
3 Nosy Grannies
2 Men Falling In Love
And a partridge in a pear tree.
A visit back to San Francisco and the Marian family is the perfect Christmas present for myself.
Word-of-mouth introduced me to Lucy Lennox and I diligently bought each Made Marian audiobook when they were released and then, at the appropriate time, binged. 6 audiobooks in 7 days. I laughed, sniffled, chuckled, rolled my eyes, and was smitten with the men raised by Rebecca and Thomas Marian. The couple have love in abundance, whether these men are their sons by birth or by adoption.
How can you help but fall in love with a family who are so supportive of the young gay men in their lives? Who wouldn’t feel admiration for the couple who opened their home to teenagers rejected by their own families? What I hadn’t realized until this book is how many secondary characters (read: eligible men) were in these stories. Nico the tattoo artist got his happy ending with West in the book Facing West. They are safe and happy in Texas.
So what mischief can the Marians get into between Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Noah, introduced to them on his first day as a sex toy salesman, is about to find out. Except he is already in love with his older brother’s Scott’s best friend, Luke.
Luke is happy to give a spare bedroom to the younger Noah while the young man gets on his feet. The kid from Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada is now in San Francisco.
Culture shock, eh?
The chemistry is undeniable, but Luke is honourable and would never begin a relationship with the naïve younger brother of his best friend.
Have I mentioned Noah is the younger brother of Luke’s best friend? That’s breaking the ‘bro code, right? Plus, Noah has permanency written all over him and Luke doesn’t do that.
Except with 16 Marians (including the 7 grandchildren), how can a man maintain distance? The family is dedicated to setting Noah up with all these wonderful men, all of whom would be more suitable than the one he really wants to be with. Because Luke doesn’t do relationships, right?
Granny, Tilly, and Irene are up to their old tricks – discussing sex toys, sexual positions, and Grindr. Honestly, Noah doesn’t stand a chance, and in the end…well, it’s a Lucy Lennox romance with the Marian family, so a happily-ever-after is guaranteed.
There are also several tantalizing possible future books. So many men needing a happy ending…
Michael Pauley was, as always, perfect. Keeping all the Marians straight can be a challenge, but Pauley helps.
This book is certainly a stand-alone, but if you felt compelled to listen to the first 6 books for the first time or the fourth time, you will discover (or rediscover) why it’s easy to love a Marian. You will thank Lucy all over again.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1900s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.