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Christmas Kitsch (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Amy Lane

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A Home for the Holidays Charity Novel

Sometimes the best thing you can get for Christmas is knowing what you really want.

Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them — just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity — Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not — but then Oliver kisses him goodbye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

But even Rusty’s newfound awareness can’t help him survive a semester at Berkeley. He returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver Campbell is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. Oliver may not have much money, but he’s got something Rusty has never known: true family. With their help and Oliver’s love, Rusty comes to realize that he may have failed college, but he’ll pass real life with flying rainbow colors.

Word count: 67,000; page count: 254

NOTE: 20% of all publisher proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.”

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 216 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Riptide Publishing (7 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00H6A52QO
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  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°110.756 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun, Adorable Coming of Age Story With a Christmas Theme 8 décembre 2013
Par Sophia Rose - Publié sur Amazon.com
I haven't read too many books with characters in this age range and the blurb really grabbed me so I snatched it up for a holiday read. I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed reading with Rusty Baker as the narrative (I just realized that I almost called him 'Dusty' Baker who was the coach of my favorite baseball team so forgive me if I slip and do that again later.). The author did a good job making me believe that I was reading the thoughts and words of a heart-warming young man that isn't the quickest on the uptake, but he sure had it where it counted most.

Oh and I gotta say that I really enjoyed the setting of this one since I grew up right there in the NoCal foothills so I saw it all perfectly when it was being described.

So anyway, on with my summary. Rusty has grown-up in an upper middle class household in the burbs with parents who seem to only consider him as a future success story for them and a way to be connected with all the right people. His grades are mediocre as are his sports gifts, but they see Berkley grad and lawyer. Rusty really tries to please them, but at the same time he's honest and worried that he's not measuring up. He's definitely not doing what makes him happy.

Fortunately, he has his sister and the kind maternal housekeeper who gives him some support. And then he makes a 'best' friend, Oliver Campbell, who he met as new transfer kid his senior year. Oliver is nothing like the other kids or his usual group of friends. Oliver's looks, family background and even sexual orientation make him not potential best friend material with Rusty's other friends or his parents, but he doesn't care. From the moment Oliver looked on Rusty's stupid friends with amused tolerance with that bright smile and Rusty takes up for Oliver against his friends, they are best buds. Oliver is so brilliant and bright that Rusty can only wonder what Oliver would want with a slow guy like him, but he holds tight to that friendship regardless.

At least he thinks they are until his last night in town before going away to Berkley. Oliver gives him the best kiss he's ever had and sends him away to think about that kiss and think about Oliver. So between figuring out how to survive as a pre-law student at Berkley with a horny roommate who'll do it with anyone and feeling so far away and alone from all he knows, he does think about Oliver and Oliver is his lifeline. Oliver helps him survive school- well survive period in some ways so when he comes home he owns up to what he feels for Oliver and that gets him thrown out of his home and disowned just before Thanksgiving.

Oliver and the rest of the Campbells are there to show him what family and love can be. Rusty embraces it and is determined to stand on his own two feet and have Oliver even if he has little to offer in return. Finding the perfect Christmas present and being able to offer something so simple as a bed are high on his list.

The plot is the coming of age and discovery story of Rusty. It was a gently paced story that brought out several emotions in me. I enjoyed how it wasn't easy, but it wasn't angsty either. I was a little bummed about the white people cliches since its not true of everyone, but I do get that some people are which is why we have the cliches. The way flawed characters grew even if it wasn't much like Rusty's parents was something nice. Oliver and his family are the family that everyone wants to be a part of and be friends with. And Nicole, Rusty's younger sister, was so fun. She adores her brother and totally supports him through everything. I loved seeing the brother-sister dynamic which gave extra depth to the story.

Even though this is all from Rusty's point of view, the other characters in the story shine through. He sees it all even if he doesn't get the significance of what he's seeing, but that's what he has Oliver for. These two are such opposites, but they are adorable together. Rusty has strong principles which is amazing considering the people who raised him and he is stalwart about things though he is a tender guy when it comes to love and feeling his way when it comes to a relationship with Oliver. Rusty takes his time arriving at truths and how he feels, but he does get there.
Oliver is so patient with Rusty. Oliver is uber-smart and is academically capable of so much, but he sees the value in Rusty. He's way ahead of Rusty about his feelings and who he wants, but he waits for Rusty to catch on. He champions Rusty and tries to make up for the lack in his life- well besides Rusty's kid sister, Nicole who's also there for him. I grinned with the early efforts of the two guys together. It was so authentic how they didn't just fall into bed and achieve sexual perfection nor did the daily aspects of their relationship just come together.

So when it finished, I found myself smiling big and happy that I got to spend some time with Rusty and Oliver for Christmas. Those who enjoy slow-paced character-driven coming of age M/M Contemporary Romance should give this one a try.

Remember that 20% of the proceeds go toward charity for the Ali Forney Center.

My thanks to Net Galley and Riptide for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 RUSTY BAKER IS NOW A STAR !!!! 8 décembre 2013
Par grammy1 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I seemed to have realized I was in a semi dry spell from Amy Lane.....We have marvelled at her keeping us soo busy reading this year, I got this and realized how much I missed her... She has given us a Holiday Story I wouldn't have missed for the world.

Rusty Baker has to be one of the greatest characters Amy has written well since maybe....Oh there are too many, but you know what I mean. He's the kind that will stick with you like maybe Mikhail or Chase...Now you understand??? but definitely THE ONE.....

Rusty is the good looking, wealthy high school jock, the ones girls crush over, the one whose family has Big Plans for. Imagine him becoming friends with Oliver Campbell who is openly gay and from the `other side' of the tracks. Their friendship blossoms as Rusty needs help in his studies and Oliver is so smart Rusty's parents look away from looking down on him so he can help their son get into Berkley.

The story is from Rusty's voice as we see his incredible affection growing for Oliver, his fear of going away to school and failing as a son and living someone else's life; not his own. His grades are mediocre but his parents only want the Berkley Graduate and Lawyer. He and Oliver's new friendship alienate Rusty from the `in' group at school and they become inseparable. Rusty's sister Nicole is a joy and `gets it' and their loving housekeeper become the family Rusty savors....And then there is the kiss Oliver leaves him with before he leaves for school.....has awakened him wanting more. Rusty returns home for Thanksgiving to make decisions that will affect his life as he knows it as he chooses Oliver over family and is thrown out.

Rusty might be a little slow, Oliver already knows what he wants , but he will let Rusty take his time and figure it out. This is a coming of age story, truly a character driven story that only Amy Lane can give us in her writings. Okay there is angst....buut in her defense NO ONE Dies and it is a blessed holiday story that no one should miss. Truly

Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission "is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood." To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit [...]
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 it's Amy Lane... enough said 9 décembre 2013
Par iluvEdwardCullen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
About 3350 locations ... 10 relatively long chapters... 20% of proceeds go to charity/a shelter ... Worth the price.

I loved this story and the characters (Rusty's parents need some work and a nice dose of reality though) and I absolutely DID NOT want this to end. I never want Amy's books to end because her characters are so real and flawed and often times emotionally scarred, which makes sympathizing and sometimes even empathizing with them so easy. Less intense than the Johnnies series or the Talker Series, but kind of along the same lines as The Locker Room.

This story made me appreciate my family and my circumstance and how lucky I am. I'll never have to deal with a situation like Rusty had to with his parents or friends and it makes me sick that anyone would have to in this day and age. I mean you don't think of how much things costs when you add everything up, especially if you had next to nothing. $10,000 is virtually nothing after subtracting the big necessities like rent, car, phone, food, utilities, insurance, etc. But it just goes to show how much good friends, good family, & the love of a good person can save someone. Rusty was lucky. Loving Oliver saved him. Not everybody is so lucky, unfortunately.

I wish we had gotten Oliver's POV and I wouldn't have minded it being longer. With Amy Lane, there is no such thing as long enough in my opinion. I would definitely read a sequel about these two or even Rex & his boyfriend. That would be an interesting story, I'm sure. Hint. Hint. ;)

Definitely recommend. If you have a good family and home life and don't appreciate it or unintentionally take them/it for granted, this story will make you stop and think. Perfect for the holiday season.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! 23 décembre 2013
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Very rarely do I write a review of a book, even ones that I really really liked. This story moved me so much that I was compelled. Rusty and Oliver are a couple that make you love them. There's just no way not to. Rusty may be a little slow, but he's no dummy. Oliver knows what he wants, and he knows that he has to wait for Rusty, maybe even forever. The growth of their relationship from friends helping one another out (Rusty keeping Oliver safe somewhat, and Oliver helping Rusty get through school), to Rusty's growing realization that he's "Oliver-sexual". Never did the love growing between them felt forced or rushed. It grew gradually and it felt real. And OMG...Oliver's family. I WANT HIS FAMILY!!!! They are what a family should be...loving accepting,sharing. This book just makes you love every single character. Amy Lane even made you feel a tug or two for Rusty's parents, and that's no small feat. You just HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Christmas Kitsch - may contain spoilers! 10 mars 2014
Par Yankee Doodle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I am giving this book 5 stars because I enjoyed the plot- I thought the main characters and the experiences they encountered were relatable. I did not so much enjoy the sexual scenes between Rusty and Oliver; I think that they could have been done with less detail, and that the story did not need so many of these scenes. There were several of them, and not all of them helped advance the plot. I also think that the story could have done well with less cursing and that type of language; however the two main characters were teenage boys that might speak like that if they had been real people.

However, I still give this book five stars because I enjoyed Rusty's character. He was a young man who needed time to admit to himself who he really was, but once he did, he was very happy with himself. I thought at times that Rusty went a bit overboard with telling Oliver that he didn't want Oliver to live with him because his small apartment was not a very nice place. I wish he had been able to see sooner that Oliver was so in love with him that he did not care where they were, as long as they were together. I did not think that Rusty was 'dumb' or 'not bright,' as he referred to himself as being. I simply think that he was not as experienced and perhaps not as mature as he thought he was.

Once again, there were elements of the story that I didn't like. But the characters were very relatable and fun to get to know, and I could imagine their experiences happening to real people. I would love to see a sequel to this book some day, to find out what happens to Rusty and Oliver in the future!
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