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  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 4, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VFPS4U
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At a very early age, K.A. Mitchell decided that Ken and G.I. Joe made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie fell off sharply. Today she still loves hanging out with imaginary friends and making up stories. Even better, people pay her to read about them. Now the author of over twenty gay romances, she guarantees happy endings for even the surliest of heroes, despite all their baggage.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charly T. Anchor VINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 8/10

PROS:
- Ian and Nicky's past together is revealed in just enough detail early on that it made me instantly curious to read more about them.
- I love the fact that Ian is not physically perfect. The author examines his thoughts and feelings (both mental and physical) pertaining to his amputated arm in a good amount of detail. His musings about it are pervasive, but I didn't find them annoying; they're reflective and a little sad, but he's not overly despairing or dramatic about it.
- I also liked that Nicky is just the slightest bit on the standoffish side when it comes to Ian, yet he's also the aggressor in their relationship.
- I've read quite a few Regency romances over the years, both m/f and m/m, but the characters in this story participate in some holiday festivities and games that I'd never read about before and that give the story a fun, unique feel.
- The ending of the novella contains an unusual plot twist that I liked a lot. (I don't want to say more because I'm afraid I'll give something away.)

CONS:
- Mitchell uses occasional foreign phrases throughout the story, and I must admit to my ignorance of the meaning of some of them, which made certain sentences basically incomprehensible to me. For example: "As injurious as this fortnight was to Ian's mens sana, it was a boon to his corpore sano."
- There are a couple (but only a couple) conversations that contained fewer speech tags ("he said") than I wanted; that is, I was confused for a short time as to who was speaking, what the characters' relationship was, who the people being referred to were, etc. The first of these conversations is at the very beginning of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Furio on June 28, 2011
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There is nothing original in this very short Regency M/M romance.
The setting is the usual one, gay aristocrats having to cope with the homophobic, claustrophobic mores of a time and society when laws founded on religious beliefs used to fetter people's life.
To this well trodden setting the author adds the usual topic of forced proximity as the two lovers are bound to remain in the same place for a given numer of days and have no way to avoid each other, again a very common choice in this kind of novels.

There is one twist though: the two star-crossed lovers have not only already met (this would be common) but they have been lovers in their early youth, until they were separated when one of them, a second son and therefore kind of useless to his father, was sent to war to acquire a status for himself. Problem is that, after five years, he had to come back because (second twist) he has lost his left forearm. Haunted by honour, duty and guilt Ian (the come-back soldier) has to be seduced again because he seems to consider the previous affair with Nicky a juvenile mistake and the attraction he still feels for Nicky something to be repressed.
I will not spoil the third twist (a bit contrived) that allows them their happily ever after.

All in all the story was captivating. The two main characters are easy to love even if the soldier sounds more childish, at times, than guilt-ridden and the other lover seems a little too unsouciant.
The story could surely have born more fleshing out: it takes place within a limited time scope (twelve days) but it needs not have taken twelve pages to be told. There are several moments that feel hurried and character building could have been better.
More care should have also been given to the sex scenes: they are emotional because of the baggage the two carry with them but they are not very erotic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on March 26, 2010
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Ian Stanton, second son of the Earl of Rayne, has always done what was proper. His one and only highly improper secret is his love for Nicholas Chatham, Lord Amherst, eldest son of the Marquess of Carleigh. Five years ago, Ian and Nicky fully fulfilled their physical desire for one another, but the experience left Ian certain that it could never be repeated. Now Ian has returned home, an ex-military captain who was badly wounded during the Peninsular War. Forced to escort his sister to the Twelve Night gathering at Carleigh Castle, the last person Ian wants to encounter is Nicky.

Nicky doesn't care that society would deem his feelings for Ian wrong. Still, he knows getting and keeping Ian in his life will take more strategizing than a military campaign. He has twelve nights to convince Ian that the kind of life they could have is worth risking everything for. And Nicky will definitely need every night.

A wounded soldier and his determined soul mate can definitely heat up the holidays; they definitely do in this sexy story by K.A. Mitchell. An Improper Holiday puts its two heroes love and willingness to nearly put their lives on the line to stay together to the test. One of the things I particularly enjoyed about An Improper Holiday is that Ian didn't take the social and legal ramifications of his and Nicky's relationship lightly. It takes a lot of maneuvering to make an "unconventional" relationship work for these men, but Ms. Mitchell handles their road to happily ever after in a very interesting way.

On a lighter note, I adored both heroes. Ian is the darker one of the pair, more serious and still suffering the aftereffects of a fighting in a war. Nicky is the perfect complement to Ian.
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