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The Mars maestro, the single dad, and a wish list....

Chet

Boy, am I lucky! Finding a living situation with a houseful of passionate scientists just before the holidays is ideal in every possible way. As the newest member of the Script Club, I feel it’s important to step up and tackle the to-do list my friends would prefer to avoid. Item one: Address the tutoring request from the neighborhood-hottie-slash-single-dad on the next block. I’ve got this!

Or do I?

Handsome, older, sporty gentlemen intimidate me. And Mr. McSwoony doesn’t like the holidays. This may be a daunting task. 

Sam

What do you do when a new neighbor shows up on your doorstep with cookies and a wacky plan to spread holiday cheer? I don’t need cheer, but I could use help with some of the experiments my son wants to try. I know football, not science. Hopefully, I can talk Chet into a mutually beneficial trade. The only snag is that I’m seriously attracted to my local Mars expert. He’s unintentionally charming…in the very best way.

Don’t quote me, but maybe this holiday elf with thick glasses and a mile-long list might be exactly what I need.

The Holiday List is an MM bisexual, geek/jock romance with a holiday twist featuring a lovable scientist and a single dad who’s probably on the naughty list!

©2021 Lane Hayes (P)2021 Lane Hayes

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Good story. Good narration.

This was a sweet, slightly sappy, holiday addition to the script club series. I am a Christmas Grinch myself so I could relate to Sam's ambivalence towards the holidays, but Chet would be very hard to resist in Christmas elf mode...

Alexander Cendese's performance was a great way to absorb a sweet holiday story.

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short and sweet

I am a fan of this author and The Script Club series. So far each of the couples have had a connection as friends, siblings, or roommates. While it is true that Chet has moved into the house with the previous geeks in the series, he is really new and we haven’t learned about him at all. Between the length of the book and the unfamiliarity with the mc’s it makes this seem like a bonus holiday story. Though we do get to see some of the other guys briefly.

Well, I know I am a sucker for holiday stories, and this one really melted my heart. Chet is awkward, most of the geeks in this series are. He has followed his family tree into science and is working on a Mars project. We learn that his family wasn’t super close and he was home-schooled. There wasn’t a lot of interaction especially with kids, so though he wants to help his neighbor with his son, he doesn’t really want to be hands on. Unless it means being handsy with Sam, the neighbor himself.

Sam is a referee who part-time parents with his ex. The script club guys believe him to be the stereotypical straight guy, but that ex refers to ex-husband. Sam has been out as bi for a long time and he is really drawn to the bumbling and helpful Chet. They are total opposites in terms of confidence, and in holiday spirit. Chet wants to spruce up Sam’s house, since Sam is kind of a grinch in those regards. While there Chet meets Sam’s son and while he is not a kid person, he is a science person and they connect pretty quickly.

Things quickly turn homey for the the two and Linc, Sam’s son. Chet spends so much time with Sam that it’s one of the reason’s we rarely see the rest of the club. Through Thanksgiving they are in constant company, but when Christmas time arrives and Sam isn’t off work due to his sprained arm, Chet wonders how they can keep going.

Chet’s insecurity and Sam’s realization that he wants more than just his career and time with his son were heartbreaking and so sweet, respectively. They kind of melted my heart in a short amount of time. Alexander Cendese does a good job narrating though his geeks are all starting to sound the same. Overall, I really enjoyed this listen and recommend the book and the whole series.

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Great when I read it, even better when I listened

The audiobook for The Holiday List came out pretty quickly after I read the ebook but I listened to it as if I hadn’t just read it. What I mean is that Alexander Cendese’s performance of the story was such that it was like I didn’t already know the story and I listened to it intently. He has the perfect voices for the characters in this series and I love how he puts so much emotion into the story.

Below is what I said when I reviewed the ebook just over a week ago:

I really enjoy single dad stories; add in the Christmas holidays and it’s a big win for me. While this book is part of a great series, I think it can be enjoyed as a standalone story. You should check out the entire series though, because the other books are great, too.

Sam is kind of a grumpy single dad who doesn’t do any kind of decorating for the holidays. He insists that his son gets enough of that at his papa’s (Sam’s ex). Chet is the newest addition to The Script Club group that started out as a club for roommates sharing a house. The other guys helped Chet out of a bad housing situation so he volunteered to do several things that none of the others wanted to do. One of those things was to approach their neighbor whose son they consider to be a bit of a handful. Turns out that son was into science and just needed someone to give him a guiding hand.

Chet not only agrees to help Sam’s son, Linc, with scientific experiments, he also gets grumpy Sam to agree to let him decorate his house for Christmas. Chet is quickly in lust with Sam but it turns into much more after he gets to know Linc and after Chet and Sam are stuck together in a cabin after a big snow storm.

This was a quick read but I loved every bit of it. It has great holiday feels and I loved watching Sam change how he felt about Christmas and family.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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Another great Lane Hayes story!

I love Alexander Cendese’s voice for Sam and he nailed Chet’s personality! He puts great emotion into his performance.

This is another great story in this series. This is a quick, low angst quasi-holiday book. The rest of the guys in the Script Club appear briefly in the story so this could be read as a standalone.

Chet and Sam are a good match. They are complete opposites – jock/nerd; scrooge/happy little elf; physically small/large. Although their relationship escalates quickly, it didn’t feel forced. They are instantly attracted to each other but try to refrain as neither of them is really looking for a relationship. They don’t last very long holding out…and the epilogue was perfect!

I love Chet’s relationship with Linc and how they bonded. I also appreciated that Sam’s ex wasn’t a bad character…the potential was there.

I’m loving this series and I’m just sitting here waiting for books for Tommy and Holden.

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Awe!! so sweet

This is just the sweetest story. A touch of geek and the football referee, makes for a sweet Holiday tale. Nothing better than the HEA of a Christmas Romance.... Great addition to this series. Alexander Cendese does a great job bring this book and its characters to life. well worth the credit and your time to listen.

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  • Lesetiger
  • 12-19-21

Sweet story

First, I have to say that The Holiday List is my first book in the series, which is quite easy to listen to and enjoy without any prior knowledge.
Single dad Sam is a grumpy guy who doesn't think much of decorating, as he thinks his son Lincoln gets enough of it with his ex.
Chet is tasked with taking care of his new neighbor Sam. Sam's son Lincoln is interested in science and this is where Chet can be of good help, assisting Lincoln with science experiments. And then there's Sam, who Chet falls in love with all too quickly. A snowstorm and a mountain cabin do the rest.
I liked the contrasting protagonists Chet and Sam, who are drawn to each other but hold back.

I listened through the audiobook in one piece and I loved the narrator, Alexander Candese. He narrated very vividly and made very good choices for the characters' voices. I also love his way of bringing emotion to the story.

If you like Christmas with a single father who gradually changes his attitude towards Christmas, this is absolutely the right book for you.

I requested a free copy of the audiobook and this is my honest opinion that I am volunteering

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 12-25-21

NASA Nerd & Football Ref

I’m enjoying The Script Club books. I might not be a NASA geek, but I can relate to guys who are on the nerdier side of things. I certainly can’t relate to the jocks in these stories. They’re all great guys, but so out of my league. That being said, I related to Sam. Not thrilled of Christmas, and a little lost amidst all the holiday cheer. Throw in that he’s a single dad who wants what’s best for his brilliant young son, Linc, and you’ve got the making of a great story. Especially since Sam believes his ex is the better parent. But he’s willing to step up and if that means asking the geeks down the street for help with his son, he’ll do it.

Chet isn’t thrilled about offering to help tutor a kid, but one look at Sam and he can’t refuse. He wants to bring Christmas joy to the household and tutor the kid. Science is so much fun for Chet that he’s happy to share that love. And if it means more time helping out Mr. McSwoony, well that’s okay too. Soon they stop fighting the attraction and give in.

But they don’t have much in common, and Sam’s made it clear this is just for the holidays. So, to protect his heart, Chet pulls back. I’m glad they both figured out what they really wanted in time for a happy ending and the epilogue was adorable. Alexander Cendese did a great job narrating this series and he definitely added to the warm feels from the book.

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  • Jacquie
  • 12-15-21

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Chet was such a great character. I loved his geeky adorable ways with his lists and planning. Sam was his opposite but they managed to bring out the best parts of each other.
Linc, Sam's kid, was so cute and I enjoyed his parts. No ex drama which is a win from me.
The narration was great, with a warm tone that lended itself well to the material.