Title: Out for the Holidays (An Out Novella)
Author: Cara Dee
Length: 150 Pages
Category: Contemporary Holiday Romance
At a Glance: Out for the Holidays is great for fans of the series, especially since we see so many of the other couples. The way the book ended was a solid HEA and a perfect new chapter for Zach and Henry.
Reviewed By: Ky
Blurb: I’m not saying Henry jinxed us when he chose to send out two hundred holiday cards stating we were going to have a blissful Christmas at home…
Before we knew it, our peace and quiet went out the window, and we were headed to Mexico for a photo shoot my agent had neglected to tell me about. Of course, we had to deal with the man who didn’t want us to be together, and then we ended up back in LA, and we had to figure out what was going on with my brother, and, and… Okay, deep breaths. FYI, Philadelphia is nowhere near our home in northern Washington. Additionally, I wonder how Viagra really works, and what’s it gonna take to get a proposal around here?
Honestly. I’m not saying Henry jinxed us, but I’m writing the damn card next year.
Warning: This story contains more sugar than the cookies you leave for Santa, and it’s chock-full of greetings and updates from other characters written by Cara, titles including Noah, Home, Path of Destruction, Uncomplicated Choices, and more.
Christmas-themed sequel to Out. Not a standalone.
Review: Zach and Henry are back, and they are having a crazy month!
Even from the title, it’s obvious that this is not a standalone; you have to read Out first for this to make sense. In this novella we see Zach and Henry during their second Christmas holidays. Or, better yet, their second December as a couple. What was supposed to be a relaxing and uneventful month, with just the two of them in Camassia, turned out to be the two of them crisscrossing North America.
There are some fun times and a whole month’s worth of craziness here. There is a conclusion to the Joseph issue that had started in Out, and even though Zach wasn’t particularly nice about it, or mature, I got a weird sense of satisfaction in how he handled the issue once and for all. No, it wasn’t the best way, but it was effective. It was also highly possessive. What can I say? I liked it!
Zach has a nice sense of humor, where he uses self-sarcasm a lot. I also liked the affectionate way he used to poke some fun at Henry when he got uptight about little things. I think that those two are perfect together and complete each other. Zach helps Henry to loosen up, while Henry provides Zach with security and structure. When they are together, they are a force to be reckoned with. I have so many quotes and scenes I liked and want to share, but I’m pretty sure I can’t quote half the book, so I’ll do just a couple of them:
We were safe and protected by one sharp Chihuahua and one goofy Rottweiler. It was supposed to have been the other way around… – Zach
“Don’t listen to the skinny man-child,” Henry said mildly.
“Hey.” I stared at him. “I’ve worked hard on my abs. Both of them.” – Zach and Henry
Camassia Cove is steadily becoming one of my favorite series, and no small part of that is due to the family feeling these stories have. Other characters from this small, fictional town make appearances here, and I either want to learn their story, or, if I know it already, I want to read it all over again!
Out for the Holidays is short and stress-free. It’s not just a holiday read, in my opinion; it just happens to be that time of year in the characters’ lives. It’s great for fans of the series, especially since we see so many of the other couples. I really hope we’ll see Zach and Henry again, either in another book or at least as side characters, and since both Mattie and Ty are getting stories at some point, maybe I’ll get my wish. The way the book ended was a solid HEA and a perfect new chapter for them. I’d love a peek at it. *subtle hint*
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