Winter Oranges

Author: Marie Sexton

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Riptide

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: 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.

 

Review:  Marie Sexton blew me away with this story. IMO this is not only the best book she’s written, but my favorite of them all. I swear I was smiling so much, my cheeks were hurting. And laughing. Man, was I laughing. Okay, I cried some to. But not all sad tears. 🙂

Jason has just bought himself a house in Idaho where he thinks he can get away from all the paparazzi, and his best friend Dylan, who he’s hopelessly in love with. His new home is a bit creepy looking, and he probably wouldn’t be half as scared if he didn’t think he could see a man in his guesthouse window above the garage. When the man actually starts waving at him, Jason calls the police. To bad the police find nothing and the sheriff, thinks he’s on drugs.

After a few days he finally plucks up enough courage to go check it out on his own, but now that he’s up there he’s positive he’s having some kind of psychotic break. There’s a man/ghost up there and he’s claiming that he’s not dead, but alive and living in a snow globe. His name is Ben and he’s been in that snow globe since the Civil War. Once Jason gets passed being freaked out, he starts talking with Ben, first in the form of charades, and then by actual voice. And boy does Ben have a lot of questions. Jason starts spending a lot of time with Ben. He takes him on walks, watches tv with him, takes him to a movie theater, and he causes a bit of a stir when they go dvd shopping in Best Buy. The more time Jason spends with Ben, the more he falls for the man stuck in the globe. And everything would have been fine if his best friend Dylan hadn’t shown up and put a cramp in his and Bens time together. Dylan thinks Jason has gone insane. He’s talking to no one and he’s carrying his snow globe everywhere he goes. Dylan’s determined to get Jason the best help possible, and if Jason wants to get rid of him, he’s going to have to put on the best show of his life.
This is just one of those stories that you have to let the reader experience for themselves. You don’t want it spoiled and if I kept going, I’d ruin the story, and it’s too amazing for that. It’s the perfect Christmas story. One I know I could read every year.

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: http://www.glbthotline.org/

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