Home For The Holidays

Home For The Holidays

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Overview

Home For The Holidays by Lori Toland, Book Cover by Design

Jason Stockton and Blaze Shinozuka are looking forward to escaping their hectic rock and roll lifestyle for a relaxing holiday. Their plan seems promising, and the passion between them burns hotter than ever as they keep each other warm despite the icy temperatures.

When a surprise Stockton family get-together threatens to reveal what Jason would rather keep hidden, their budding relationship is put to the test and an impromptu trip to Hawaii makes the differences between them more obvious than ever.

Thanks to two chaotic family holidays and a lot of painful secrets, Christmas could end up being more than their new found love can endure.

And *NEW* The Journey Onward...

Getting back from paradise and being alone is exactly what Jason and Blaze need to build their relationship and break down the barriers between them but nothing is ever that simple. Being in LA means back to work for Jason and Blaze gets a sample of what life will be like as Jason's partner.

Can loving each other be enough to keep them together? Blaze is finding out how much work goes into keeping a relationship alive and in their darkest hour, they will have to stand united as partners to weather a storm that could devastate their future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493693108
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Home for the Holidays 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book In the sequel to The Replacement Guitarist we get to accompany Blaze and Jason on their journey as their relationship continues to develop. As indicated by the title, the two are Home for the Holidays and spending their first Christmas & New Year together alone at Jason's home. Or so they thought. It's nice to see that even though Jason comes from a famous Hollywood family, they're just as crazy and confrontational as everyone else's.  What starts out as an unbelievably tense reunion between Jason and his brother (who is apparently trying to grow his own baseball team with his nine children!), turns out to give the brothers an opportunity to reconcile. And while Jason's parents are more accepting of his sexuality than Blaze's, it doesn't mean that Blaze avoided the parental interrogation. Fortunately Blaze has Jason's Gram on his side and their Christmas Eve ends well. Except for the Christmas gift that Jason's parents give him and Blaze, which takes the couple on one heck of a rollercoaster ride as they deal with yet another set of hurdles in their relationship – one which I cannot discuss because of potential spoilers.  Even though this book occurs during the holidays and only covers a timeframe of 3-4 weeks, there is a LOT that goes on and I found myself one again engrossed in Blaze and Jason's relationship - and yes, the sex is still hot! Home for the Holidays is a great read but be warned, the ending is going to leave you a tad bit shell shocked. Fortunately I have the next book all cued up to read and I cannot wait to get started. Well done Ms. Toland. 
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CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Paws!! I feel as though I should say that I did read the original version of this book about a year ago. And I did enjoy it quite a bit. But also on that note, I can say with completely honesty that I LOVED this version of the book much more than the original. In this story, we get to spend the holidays with Jason and Blaze. What should have started out as a fun vacation time ended up becoming something even… worse. I couldn’t imagine being either one of them when they are meeting the parents the first time. I do think that Lori did a really great job explaining what was happening during the visits with their families. I really did like how Lori added the family drama between Jason and his brother. I think with the way that she explained it all in a way that even if you haven’t read the first book, The Replacement Guitarist, you can still follow along with this book quite well. I couldn’t imagine going through was Blaze did, but I do have to say that I think Lori did an amazing job writing about what he was going through when it came to his family and coming out. I think she wrote it out very well and you could tell the emotions and feelings that she put into it. That made the story so much better. Now the ending of the book? Completely caught me off guard!! All I have to say is that my crush on Jason from the first book has completely grown because even now I just want to keep him for myself! Overall, I completely enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to come out!
PaulBerry1 More than 1 year ago
Home For The Holidays (The Replacement Guitarist #2) by Lori Toland This beautifully written book takes up right after The Replacement Guitarist and dove right into the craziness of the holidays. Last we read about Blaze and Jason, they found each other in a world that was not accepting of them but they actually came together. Home for the Holidays starts off with Blaze and Jason are going home to their families for the holidays and to get away from their busy work schedules. They first visit Jason’s family and then off too Blaze’s and this trip home is not without drama and high anxiety. They are just trying to be a part of each other’s family as what couples do but things don't go the way they wanted. Blaze has come out to his family but the one person he has been dreading coming out to is his Grandmother as she is old world about sexual orientation. When he tells his grandmother that he is gay and that Jason is the person he loves and wants to spend the rest of his life with, it doesn't go well at all. She does not accept his lifestyle and he is crushed. I felt this part of the story as so emotional and heart wrenching and it was not easy for him because he didn't want too lose her love. Even though it was hard to read, at the same time it was so beautifully written and very realistic as to what many gay people have to deal when trying to get accepted by their families. The struggle to get accepted hopefully brings Blaze and Jason closer together. Back to their regular lives where they have to work on their relationship but it’s not as easy as you would think as their love gets complicated. Jason is back to work and Blaze is learning what it means to be his partner and all the emotional baggage is what they have to work on. Can their love overcome all the issues that can very possibly pull them apart? Will their obstacles interfere with their relationship? This was an amazing read as it takes the reader on an emotional journey of family, love, hatred, communication and betrayal. Lori's writing was such a fantastic read that when you’re done your hoping that the third installment is on its way. She has left many open questions that need to be answered in the next book. Will Blaze and Jason actually make it or will they let their own personalities come between them? I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Paul at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Books_on_Silver_Wings More than 1 year ago
Review posted on Books on Silver Wings blog. 4.5 Stars rounded to 5 This is the sequel to The Replacement Guitarist and I suggest reading in order because the sequel starts exactly where the first book ends. This is largely a romance and explores how Jason and Blaze integrate into each other's circles of relations, including family and friends. They spend the holidays first with Jason's family and then with Blaze's family. They each experiences the anxiety and pressure of entering a new family and trying to get along with everyone. In The Replacement Guitarist, Blaze came out to his parents but not his grandmother. In Home for the Holidays, he comes out to his grandmother and she does not take it well. She is very traditional about sexual orientation. She's mainly lonely and angry that none of her grandchildren are living with her. Getting her to accept or even acknowledge Jason and Blaze's relationship is a super big huddle for the two. I can definitely see the emotional and physical struggle of the MCs to try to please Blaze's grandmother and to accept her rejection of their relationship. I love everything about the MCs struggle and strengthening of their relationship. The second half of the book is after the holidays and Jason and Blaze are back to work. However, between their horrible schedule and Cassie's negative attitude and meddling, Jason and Blaze need to work hard to keep their relationship stable and be happy a couple. The ending is tapered off with a few unanswered questions about Cassie and fate of their careers that may be answered in the next book, if there will be one. Even in the face of trouble, Jason and Blaze demonstrates that they will overcome it with love, trust, and open communication. Overall, this is an enjoyable read that focuses on maintaining a relationship and taking the next step to meet each other's families. *review received in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago