Happy and Merry

An M/M Holiday Romance Collection

by CJane Elliott

Three M/M holiday stories in one festive collection!

Home is Where the Christmas Trees Are

A grieving brother caring for his niece receives holiday hope from the cute band instructor at his niece’s school.

After the death of his sister, physical therapist Dex abandons his urban single life to move to a smaller town and raise his 12-year-old niece Rowan. Christmas is approaching, and he doesn’t have a clue how to make the season merry—for Rowan or for himself. Then he meets Rowan’s teacher, Ed, and things start to get brighter.

Middle-school band teacher Ed is kind and handsome, totally single, and likes kids, music, and holiday decorations. He also happens to be killer at trimming Christmas trees. Like a twinkly Christmas elf, Ed brings with him the possibility of love, home, and celebration, and Dex is immediately smitten.

But how will Rowan feel about her uncle and her band teacher getting involved?

A Holiday Crush

Opposites attract as a jaded San Francisco trial lawyer and a young Berkeley activist find their way to love.

San Francisco lawyer Brad is in a rut. At forty-one, he’s successful but alone, and even his holidays are predictable. Then attractive but oh-so-young filmmaker and activist Michael invites him out. Michael lives in a group house in Berkeley and as Brad joins the group in their holiday celebrations, he learns that life can be joyful. But he hesitates to saddle Michael with a much-older boyfriend.

Michael longs for a partner, and he hopes serious but sweet Brad Halberstam is the one. His housemate reminds him that Michael always latches on to someone during the holidays, so he won’t be alone. After a misunderstanding, Michael loses heart, no longer sure if his relationship with Brad is real or just another holiday crush.

Pattern for an Angel

Can an angel gown for a little boy let a single dad and a drag queen stitch together a new pattern for love?

Hospice nurse Gabe Martin is bisexual but doesn’t have time for love—his main priority is raising Ian, his adopted five-year-old son. Ian loves wearing dresses at home and wants an angel gown for his kindergarten holiday pageant. When Gabe visits a sewing store to get help with Ian’s costume, he’s assisted by a bewitching employee named Loren who opens up Gabe’s focused world.

Drag queen Loren Schuster likes playing with gender norms and wearing skirts and dresses in everyday life. A bad breakup killed his interest in serious relationships, but he reconsiders that stance when gorgeous single dad Gabe walks into the shop. Loren helps young Ian see it’s okay to be himself, and together, Loren and Gabe create a new pattern for a family full of love.

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Publisher: Independently Published
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Pairings: M-M, M-NB
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay, Genderfluid, Non Binary
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Adopted Child, Age Difference, Death of Parent, Everyone is Queer, Families/Raising Kids, Hurt / Comfort, InstaLove / Love at First Sight, Meet Cute, True Love
Word Count: 42700
Reviews:on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:


This story left me with a big smile on my face as the two characters who so richly deserve each other find their happiness together. The main and secondary characters were very well developed in such a short story, and the story itself is very believable. I highly recommend this one to add some cheer to your Christmas holidays.

on The Novel Approach:


A Holiday Crush was a feel-good romance with quite a bit packed into its fifty pages. There was a side story involving Michael's best friend Bao--who I LOVED--that was well-done, and the epilogue was a nice little shot of sweetness and glimpse at the guys a bit down the road that made me smile.

on Joyfully Jay:


Pattern for an Angel is a sweet get together story. It features a cast of delightfully queer characters and I thought these characters were very positive representations for the community. ...on the whole, I thought this was a sweet, lightly holiday-themed, get-together romance.

About the Author

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, award-winning author CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane writes sexy, passionate LGBTQ romances that explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is bisexual and an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her family supports her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

CJane is the author of the award-winning Serpentine Series, New Adult contemporary novels set at the University of Virginia. Serpentine Walls was a 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Aidan’s Journey was a 2015 EPIC Awards finalist, and Sex, Love, and Videogames won first place in the New Adult category in the 2016 Swirl Awards and first place in Contemporary Fiction in the 2017 EPIC eBook Awards. Her contemporary novel All the Way to Shore was Runner Up for Best Bisexual Book in the 2017 Rainbow Awards.

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