Author ~ Melanie Hansen
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 11th February 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/m Romance
Tom Hannity is not boring, despite what his ex-boyfriend says. He loves his circle of family and friends and finds peace in the beauty of flower arranging. Still stinging from his recent breakup, Tom attends an Anti-Valentine’s Day “Ex-orcism,” hoping for some fun and forgetfulness.
Mario Tellez is tired of party boys, and he’s had his eye on Tom for a while. When they run into each other at the Ex-orcism, sparks fly, until an accidentally overheard conversation drives Tom to do something he normally doesn't do.
What should have been a hot and fun night turns into Tom and Mario seeing each other at their absolute worst, although surprisingly, it brings out the best in them, too. Navigating around the toxic people in their lives isn’t easy, and after a small series of bumps in the road, they finally come around full circle… to Valentine’s Day and laying old demons to rest.
Melanie Hansen is quickly becoming a go-to author for me. Her latest, Love and the Exorcism, is a short Valentine’s Day novella that left me happily sighing and with a huge smile on my face. It is no easy feat to write a novella with a bit of substance, leaving your reader satisfied and not wishing they got more to the story. I’d say Ms. Hansen definitely accomplished this and has penned a sweet and sexy romance about two protagonists who take things to the next level when they both end up attending an anti-Valentine’s Day party.
Against his better judgment, Tom Hannity agrees to attend his friend’s Valentine’s Day “Ex-orcism” party. It is not exactly his idea of a fun night; however, what else is he going to do on the day of love with no boyfriend to speak of. After all, he needs to prove that he is not the boring individual that is ex is proclaiming to whoever will listen. Doesn’t he? When Tom runs into Mario Tellez at the party, his night starts to look up. The hunky Latin landscaper is someone Tom never thought he’d have a shot at but there are certainly reciprocal sparks flying between the two. The night definitely starts off on a great note only to move quickly into the horrendous category. Tom and Mario end up seeing each other at their absolute worst; however, is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Can the two men somehow make it work beyond the bumps in the road and reach for their shot at unconditional love and a future with one another?
This was a cute novella and it had a copious amount of sexy times. So that’s a win in my book! There was something just so endearing about both Tom and Mario that had me rooting for them. There some minor issues and insecurities to work out before taking it any further than hot sex. But, don’t worry this is a short novella and has very little angst. You get a lovely happy forever all presented to you with a pretty bow.
Definitely a feel-good and light-hearted read that you can quickly devour. All in all, Love and the Exorcism was a great holiday read perfect for when you are in the mood for a quick and cozy book that will leave your heart happy, regardless if you are anti-Valentine’s Day or not. ;)