Title: Christmas Kitsch
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.
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 visithttp://www.aliforneycenter.org/.
Author: Amy Lane
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Amy Lane, Lights, Camera, Cupid, The Deep of the Sound, Selfie
Series: Home for the Holidays
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: How I Met Your Father, Long the Mile, Lost and Found
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: December 9, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
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On occasion a book will totally take me by surprise and turn out to be something completely different than what I expected. Christmas Kitsch was that book. I honestly don’t know what I expected going into the book but it is not what I read. I knew to expect something awesome though. That is simply Amy Lane books. They are all amazing. Her characters are always amazing and will stay with you long after you have finished reading the book. Rusty and Rex are prime examples of this. I do hope to see more of Rex in a future book. Now let’s move on to Rusty.
Rusty and Oliver are the couple in this new adult male male romance. This tale is first person point of view, Rusty’s point of view. It often felt as if Rusty was talking to me the reader, I loved that. Readers first meet Rusty when he is a senior in high school. It also happens to be the day he meets Oliver. Rusty is the popular jock. Oliver is the new gay kid. For reasons Rusty does not understand he is immediately drawn to him and an unlikely friendship begins. Rusty believes he is straight. Oliver sees things differently and expresses his thoughts on the matter the night before Rusty goes off to college.
Flash forward a few months, time apart and a roommate (Rex) determined to help Rusty figure things out and Rusty figures some things out. Rusty’s not the sharpest guy. He does eventually figure things out. It just so happens this time his conclusions leave him homeless and a feeling that he is alone in the world. Rusty does have one solid thing in his life, Oliver. Oliver is the rock that Rusty needs and they begin a relationship together that is so sweet. I teared up so many times reading this book. The relationship is so sweet. Rusty finding his way in life is so enjoyable to read. He drives this book so well.
Favorite quote, Oliver to Rusty: “I’m sorry you’re all lost inside.”
From Amy Lane:
Welcome to the blog tour for Christmas Kitsch, a full length novel featured in Riptide’s Home for the Holidays Christmas bundle. The story focuses around Rusty Baker, a once spoiled rich kid who finds himself homeless for the holidays, because he fell in love with Oliver Campbell, his best friend from high school.
In addition to the Riptide giveaway, I’m having a scavenger hunt on my own blog. At the beginning of the blog tour, I’ll publish the tour dates on Yarning to Write. For every stop on the tour I’ll have a “phrase” for the scavenger hunt. At the end of the tour, I’ll put up a post for the people who have found the phrases. If you comment — and then send me an e-mail with six of the twelve phrases and your address!– I’ll send you some Christmas Kitsch swag. The post collecting the winners will go up on the 13th (the day of the last stop on the tour) and you will have a week to go read all of the tour stops and collect your phrases. The hunt closes on December 21st, at the end of the day and I’ll get your swag into the mail between Christmas and New Years! (Hopefully after I get my own Christmas cards out in the mail. I’m not known for my punctuality, I’m afraid;-) Look below for today’s phrase!
In honor of their rather rocky beginning in the crappy apartment with the hand-me-down furniture, I went back to my own roots with my beloved Mate. In the course of the blog tour, I’ll be sharing some highlights (and low-lights) of my first year with Mate–and how I drew on that to write Rusty and Oliver, and hopefully you’ll see why these guys are so very close to my heart.
It’s a Rat!