Pax Polo is the swashbuckling guitarist for Serenity Free.
Correction: Was the swashbuckling guitarist for Serenity Free.
Now he sports a black eye and his bros have kicked him out of their band—three weeks before Christmas. It’s an unfamiliar kick to his over-inflated ego, but . . . whatever.
Thanks to some stellar eavesdropping, an unexpected angel ornament, and a bribe to open for his favorite band ever, Pax will weasel his way back into his mates’ good graces.
All he has to do is friend Clifford, the neighborhood man-shrew, for the summer. Distract him a bit so Clifford’s younger sister can sneak around.
It sounds like a piece of beginners Beethoven. Jolly good fun.
Because, Pax totally knows how to friend people. He has heaps of friends. This shrew’s no match for his shrewd ways. Or is he?
Length: 70,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
The Christmas Angel Series
In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.
Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton’s Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.
Perfect cover! Hey, hot guy!
Mmmmkay, so, first thing’s first… I know nothing of this Shakespeare – Taming of the Shrew. I wish I did because then I might not have been so annoyed with Pax in the beginning. He was conceited and entitled and once his band had given him the boot, he was all about scheming to get himself back in, even though he kind of deserved the swift kick out . So, maybe he didn’t do what they thought he did, he didn’t do anything to disabuse them of the idea that he did. Just a snarky, smug, smile… I’d have knocked him in the mouth too! However, my heart did break for him when I learned the real reason. What terrible people they all were.
So, since the band decided they’d figure out what to do with him after Christmas, he moved in with a nice Italian boy looking for a roommate. Luca was cute, and half in love with the girl next door. The problem with that was, she had a “shrew” brother who wouldn’t let her so much as look at a boy, and the neighbor on the other side had a crush on her too. Bonus for Pax… the neighbor on the other side, who seemed like almost a big of douche as Pax, had Rockstar family who Pax could sure use in getting his band back. All he had to do was keep the neighbor shrew busy so the girl next door could take her pick of which boy she liked and maybe spend time with them. Very cute idea…. Very 10-things-I-hate-about-you, 90’s era, teenage movie.
Pax and the Shrew, his name is Cliff… their banter was cute, in a Cliff hates any and everything other than studying law-enforcement books and making sure his sister has zero fun in her life, and Pax takes nothing serious ever and thinks he can charm the pants off anyone he so much as blinks at. I was glad to see Cliff give him a little run for his money. It put him in place a bit.
However, the more we get to know them both, the deeper we get into who they both are and why they are the way they are. It was a hard go… They’re both so incredibly stubborn and watching them together, the push and pull was so worth everything.
I loved Lucca, Binaca and I even learned to love Henry. What I didn’t love and wish I could’ve had more karmic justice, was Pax’s band. I wish they would’ve gotten more of a middle finger and the angel to do her juju and ruin all of them for the way they treated Pax, especially Blake. I was glad that Pax finally came to his senses, but I wish he’d have gotten back at them more… I’m super petty that way. I’d blame it on my age, but I can’t.
In saying all of that…. The bickering, the back and forth, the hurt feelings and stubbornness was so worth it in the end. I absolutely adored this story… I’m not usually one for billionaires, or rock stars, or huge CEO’s who have more money in sense…. So I was reluctant when I started this one. I just can’t help it, I like my boys, blue-collar every day folks….I shouldn’t have been though, because I’ve read several by this author and adored every single one of them…. This one was no different. 5 very easy stars from me!! What a perfect ending! <3
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A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.
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