Review: Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton

November 30, 2015 Review 22

Review: Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton

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.

Title: Winter Oranges
Author: Marie Sexton
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Never a Hero, Damned If You Do, Roped In
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: November 28, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 325
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Amazon
Visit the Author's Website

Stars: three-stars
Flames: two-flames
Marie Sexton

What do you get when you take a burnt out B-list actor hiding from his life, a best friend who wants to be more, and a ghost trapped in a snow globe? A love story that did absolutely nothing for me, but you decide…


Jason Walker is a child star jaded when his career falters.  He decides to move to no man’s land to get away from the drama of Hollywood. His best friend, Dylan helps him move and hopes for more from their friendship and this change of pace.  After getting settled, Jason realizes he isn’t alone in the new world he has chosen and soon becomes consumed with this newfound relationship with Benjamin Ward, a Civil-War era gentleman with a penchant for 80’s TV shows who longs for connection.  I won’t spoil the story by going into more detail because it is a good story it just wasn’t my cup of tea.


I’ll be honest, this M/M is not for me, but this the author is a very good author and I wasn’t uncomfortable or turned off by the story or the sex, which was actually very steamy and you lost sight of the fact that it was M/M.  However, given the reviews, I truly think many loved this book because they loved this author. I tried several times to get into the book, but it never hooked me into not being able to put it down. Ms. Sexton is very descriptive and you can see details as she sees it in her writing, but even with great writing some stories just never take off.  As one who loves supernatural drama, the concept was great, but it left me feeling as jaded as Jason in his career. She gets you to a happy ending and is able to pull it off nicely, but it was not one that I could put myself in his shoes and want it to happen to me. I would read more from Ms. Sexton, but Winter Oranges just left me cold.

Reviewed by Mustang Sally


Winter Oranges is one of Riptide’s 2015 charity titles.


Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.


Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.


To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website:



About the Author


Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.


Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.


Connect with Marie:




22 Responses to “Review: Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton”

  1. Tanja

    Sweet, magical and romantic. A perfect holiday story.

  2. Preethi

    I’ve been very eagerly looking forward to this book. And that cover is absolutely gorgeous!!!


  3. Trix

    I appreciate the review! (BTW, you might prefer Marie’s BETWEEN SINNERS AND SAINTS…)


  4. jenf27

    Thanks for the review. Too bad the book did not work for you…I agree with Trix’s recommendation.

    Thanks to Riptide and Marie Sexton for supporting this charity (and for the fantastic contest).


  5. Ree Dee

    Congratulations Marie on your new release! I for one cannot wait to read Winter Oranges! Thank you for picking such a wonderful organization to benefit from the proceeds.

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Buttononthetop

    Always glad to see a new Marie Sextob book!


  7. H.B.

    Thank you for your review. I’m sorry to hear that this book didn’t work out for you.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  8. Al

    I love the Christmas season! All the books ever come out and I can glut.

  9. Lori H

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the review 🙂

  10. Lisa

    I’ve picked up the bundle & am looking forward to reading it. I love Marie’s books! legacylandlisa (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Carolyn

    Not every story is for everyone, but I’m still looking forward to giving this one a try! Thank you for your honest review . 🙂

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com