Review: A Dye Hard Holiday by Aimee Nicole Walker (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries #4.5)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Michelle Slagan in exchange for an honest review.

"Bossy." 
"Whiny." 
"Horny." 
"I'm not touching that one, Gabe." 
"You were about to touch it until our precious little angels woke up."

Gabriel and Joshua Roman-Wyatt are back and they're making the holiday season so much merrier, all thanks to Aimee Nicole Walker's latest addition to her well-loved and bestselling romantic suspense series, Curl Up and Dye Mysteries. In order for you to fully appreciate this new release, I'm going to highly recommend you read the four full-length novels that came before it--Dyeing to be Loved, Something to Dye For, Dyed and Gone to Heaven, and I Do, or Dye Trying--which is exactly what I did. Yep, I worked my way through the aforementioned novels this week, in preparation to read this holiday story, and I'm glad I did. Reading the series in order not only allowed me to totally full in love with Gabe and Josh and the rest of their quirky cohorts (aka their families and friends), but it also gave me a whole new way of seeing Unscripted Love and Someone to Call My Own, which are the two currently available novels in the spin-off series, Road to Blissville, which I happened to read PRIOR to its predecessor. The main characters and almost all the peripheral characters appear in each of the books, so reading in order is a must.

Gabe and Josh have been together for two years and married for more than half that time. Their twins, Dylan and Destiny, are ten months old and the husbands have their respective parents hunkering down with them for a visit that'll last from Thanksgiving to the twins' birthday in January. With a full household and very busy professional lives--Josh is still doing his segment with Channel Eleven News and Gabe is now captain in the Blissville Police Department--the two men try to make time for one another whenever they can. The happy holiday feeling, however, is dampened by a crime committed in the Christmas Village, and soon, homes and businesses in Blissville fall victim to the so-called Christmas Bandits. With what looks a crime spree and a full-packed holiday schedule, Josh and Gabe also find themselves having to deal with an ex who looks to not be going away anytime soon, two guys who should be a couple pussyfooting around, certain people planning to make a permanent move, and their extended family circle expanding. It looks like it is going to be a memorable holiday season for the Roman-Wyatts.

I have absolutely fallen in love with this series and this holiday addition was the perfect way to end my Curl Up and Dye Mysteries experience this week! The mystery part of this story is far lighter than the ones that came before it, but it was one that left me guessing as to who the Christmas Bandits actually were and why they were doing what they were doing. Of course the sweet and sexy times between Josh and Gabe are always a favorite of mine, as is the laugh-out-loud moments that are always guaranteed to be sprinkled liberally throughout this story, but I must admit that the shining star on top of the proverbial Christmas tree was that feeling of family and how everyone that mattered most to Gabe and Josh were with them for these milestone moments and for everyday fare. Nothing about these two is ever mundane and they are as far from boring as you can get. I'm hoping Wren and Dare absolutely do get their act together and that they're book is up next in the Road to Blissville series. I also wonder if Trenton Adamson is going to be paired up with Elijah Markham. Hmmm... Five-plus stars go to A Dye Hard Holiday! ♥


Date Read: 24 November 2017

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