Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton | Review

winter oranges coverThe uniqueness of Marie Sexton’s Winter Oranges will draw you in, but the characters and storyline will keep you reading until the very end.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. A guy trapped in a snow globe? Seemed kind of ridiculous.

Dear Lord, did it ever work. The development of Jason and Ben’s relationship was perfectly executed. I mean, perfectly. Like a symphony, the emotions and tension slowly built up and up and up until they exploded in a beautiful, fiery climax.

Ben was so sweet and innocent that it was easy to see the young man that he was when he was put into the globe. A century and a half of complete isolation from other people would drive anyone at least a little crazy. Yet Ben manages each day to be thankful that he finally has someone to speak to.

Jason goes from being this jaded former child star to someone who appreciates the beauty and wonder around him like he’s seeing the world for the first time–because he is. Through Ben, he rediscovers what it means to enjoy life.

Everything in this book hits the right chord. The friendship Ben and Jason develop feels natural and organic. When feelings evolve from friendship to something more, I ached for them and their inability to touch one another.

I don’t cry when I read books. When I start getting too emotional or things are getting too heavy, I’ll set the book down and walk away until I’m feeling more composed and then return to it. I was in agony near the end of this book and I couldn’t walk away.

Winter Oranges gave me all the feels. The pacing was spot on, the writing flowed, and the characters were engaging. This is the perfect book to curl up and read for the holidays. It will leave you feeling happy and content.

Copy provided through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: ★★★★★


Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

This title is part of the Love for the Holidays: A Charity Bundle Benefiting the GLBT National Help Center collection.

Release Date: November 30, 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Length: 282 pages
Purchase: Riptide, Amazon, ARe

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