Holiday Hootenanny

by Ari McKay

Holiday Hootenanny - Ari McKay
Editions:Kindle - Second Edition: $ 3.99 USD
Pages: 82

Clint Barker wants to take his relationship with boyfriend Joshua Cash to the next level, and that means meeting Josh’s family at Christmas. Clint is sure he can deal with anything, even though Josh has expressed reservations that his big, loud hillbilly family might be too overwhelming for an introvert like Clint to handle.

Josh loves his family, but the only other time he brought a boyfriend home to meet them, the guy didn’t last through dinner. Clint means everything to him, and though he knows his family means well, Josh is worried their nosiness and sheer overwhelming presence will drive Clint away.

Between having to fix an illegal still, getting treed by a wild hog, and barely avoiding a bar fight between rednecks and bikers, the holiday doesn’t get off to an auspicious start. Then at the traditional Christmas Eve Hootenanny, Josh and Clint argue, and Clint later turns up missing. Will this spell the end of their relationship, or will a newborn in a stable work a little Christmas miracle for them both?

Reviews: Stephanie A. Ellison on Amazon wrote:

This is my first Ari McKay story and I absolutely loved it. I have a tendency to be more...forgiving...of holiday stories, but this was a truly funny, sweet, and sexy read. Our two MCs, Josh and Clint, were developed and well-written so that they weren't flat, as happens so frequently with short stories. Also, the colorful cast of family characters related to Josh were great additions to the story. I'm sure it's just me, but I typically find that the more an author tries to be funny and clever about small town/big family situations, the more annoying and meddlesome I find them. That was NOT the case here. I smiled, snickered, and outright laughed at the situations Josh and Clint found themselves in, and was happy they got their sweet, happily ever after at the end.

Honestly, I'd love to read more about these two guys. In the meantime, I'm off to check out their other offerings.

About the Author

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.

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