The Ogre from the Hill
Simon Powell, the town recluse, only comes to town to deliver firewood and get supplies. Two days before Christmas, he sees the new librarian’s car in a ditch and knows he can’t leave him on the road, but it’s too late to take him back to town. He’ll have something he’s never had in his cabin in the ten years that’s he’s lived there…company.
The Book Nerd from the City
Adam Parker moved to the small community to make big changes in his life, but being snowbound with the bearded lumberjack in his rustic cabin was something he’d thought only existed in his fantasies. Simon pushes away anyone who wants to get close to him, but Adam sees what he’s hiding in his heart and he wants it. Badly.
A Christmas to Remember
Adam smells like cinnamon and redemption and Simon aches to reignite feelings he’s denied himself for too long. But he learned long ago that everything he touches gets tainted, and he’ll do anything to keep his darkness away from Adam’s light.
But Adam has something else on his side—he’s been a very good boy this year and all he wants for Christmas is Simon.
About the Author
Gwen Hayes writes romance for adult and teen readers. You know...kissing books. She is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer at the Sarah Jane Freyman Literary Agency.
Gwen is also a romance editor at www.fresheyescritique.com because her dream job is to read books for a living.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4-1/2 Stars Who doesn't like a good old fashion tale of love with the help of a Christmas miracle to open a lonely closed off heart? I've never read Gwen Hayes before but I'll definitely be keeping an eye out now because Don't Stop Believing is wonderfully heartwarming. Don't let me kid you, there is certainly some heartbreaking drama, well maybe "heartbreaking" is too strong a term but definitely heart-hurting. Simon may like his hermit life but fate has other ideas when he finds Adam stuck in the snow during a storm, fate can be a devious trickster that way at times but she usually knows what she's doing and this time Adam may be just what Simon needs but will he let in Adam in? For that you have to read the book yourself but you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for something to put you in the holiday mood, then this is the story for you.
Charming Christmas story filled with romance, warmth and heart that provides a happily ever after for two men who definitely deserve to have one – Great Story! Being snowed in at Simon’s house was not what either Simon or Adam expected but the time they spent together made a positive impact on both of them. The story is very short but packs in a lot of emotion, caring and charm providing enough backstory and character development to make this a believable m/m love story filled with Christmas spirit. It also presented Silver Pines in a way that made me want to read more about Stella and any others like her that live in the community. Thank you to NetGalley and Victory Editing for the copy to read and review.
3.5 stars--DON’T STOP BELIEVING is the first installment in Gwen Hayes’s contemporary, adult Silver Pines series. This is mountain recluse and former Navy SEAL Simon Powell, and Silver Pines’s librarian Adam Parker’s storyline. Told from dual third person perspectives DON’T STOP BELIEVING is a M/M, gay lovers storylines that follows a couple of days in the life of Simon and Adam. Simon is the local recluse; a quiet, lumberjack whose spends most of his time hiding in his cabin in the woods. But lately he finds himself at the local library where the new librarian stirs something deep within Simon. Two days before Christmas a sudden snow storm finds Adam in the ditch, and Simon is the first on the scene offering his place to recover and get warm. What ensues is a night of passion between two men whose lives couldn’t be any more different. DON’T STOP BELIEVING is a very quick read; a short story about breaking through barriers and broken hearts; about looking forward and moving on. The lone $ex scene is intimate without the over the top erotic factor. Because the novella is such a short read, the focus of the storyline is the building relationship between Simon and Adam, and Adam’s attempts to break through Simon’s frozen heart. We learn a little bit about Simon’s past-what he suffered and why he has chosen to remain alone. DON’T STOP BELIEVING is a sweet story; a wonderful look at two people who find their forever in a snow storm, and a town that comes together to celebrate Christmas Day.