Holiday Spotlight – Heidi Cullinan

Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1)
Publication Date: November 26, 2013

Let it Snow Heidi CullinanBlurb:

 The weather outside is frightful, but the cabin is getting pretty hot.

Minnesota Christmas, Book 1

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to go to Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS decided otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack. Once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s burned out and back home in Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past.

As the north winds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Making a relationship last beyond a snowstorm could prove impossible when one man won’t live in the country and the other won’t return to the city. Yet the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.

My review is here:

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Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2)
Publication Date: November 11, 2014

Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas Book 2)

Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas Book 2)

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Sleigh Ride is a wonderful addition to the Minnesota Christmas series.  This is Arthur’s story, although we revisit all of the characters from Let It Snow.  I was not that fond of Arthur in the first book and I did not know what to expect, but he turns out to be a bear with a soft heart, who also enjoys a bit of kink.

When Arthur’s mother sets him up to play Santa for a library fundraiser with the uptight and somewhat reclusive town librarian, Gabriel Higgins , it seems impossible that they would have anything in common at all.  It turns out they have more in common than either man realizes but Gabriel comes with a lot of self-doubt and emotional issues.  When Arthur barrels into his life and ends up bringing out things in Gabriel that he desires, but is also ashamed of, he pushes him away, afraid of his feelings and what others will think of him.

The story had moments that made me laugh out loud and some that brought tears to my eyes.  The back story about Arthur and his experience in the library as a boy as well as the scenes with Arthur’s nephew, Thomas, and his doll touched my heart.  The effects of what adults say and do to us as children can have a lasting and sometimes painful impact on us as adults.  The scene where Gabriel holds a special story time for Thomas is beautiful.

Arthur’s mom is fun, meddling, but with her heart in the right place. It was nice seeing Marcus and Frankie again and how their lives are now.  Frankie is still adorable.  I can’t wait to see what Ms Cullinan has planned for Paul.  (We are getting Paul’s story next Christmas, right? Please!)

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