When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they're both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.
It's all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the "best kisser on campus". Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it's done. After all, the physics department's Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it's almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn't understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.
Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand, they can always blame it on the mistletoe.
©2013 Eli Easton (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I haven't read the print version, but having listened to the audio version about a bajillion times I'd say that the narration lifts a sweet, well written story to the level of perfection.
I love them both! Fielding's a fiesty geek and Mick's a sweethearted jock, they're both interesting, rounded characters that I'd be happy to know. Okay, if I had to pick one to go out with - if I was the other one, because I couldn't possibly tear them away from each other - it would be Mick. I love how much he cares for Fielding even when he can't quite bring himself to admit that he's head-over-heels, bonkers in love. And he makes up for his mistakes admirably.
I haven't listened to any others yet. With this quality of narration I want the story to measure up. I can't wait to hear more from Jason Frazier, as he's an incredibly talented narrator. He has an endless range of voices and the sexy bits are off the scale on the hot-o-meter. I am waiting for Unwrapping Hank with hitched breath.
I loved it from start to finish, but I particularly enjoyed the moment that Mick finally gave in and kissed Fielding and then later on when they "don't stop". Guh. The earth moved, never mind me.
Anyone dithering over whether to buy the ebook or audiobook should absolutely buy the audiobook. I also recommend lying in a darkened room for the duration. It is not advisable to drive or operate heavy machinery whilst listening to this audiobook. Mick's hot chocolate is lush, I cannot comment on Santa's Death by Peppermint as they don't seem to know what it is in my local cafe :(
I would put Blame It on the mistletoe at the top of my audio books.
My favourite is Mick because the story was told through him. The way that Mick slowly bit by bit understood that he had fallen in love with fielding.
Jason Frazier I would say is a man of many voices and would like to hear him lots more. In fact I looked for more stories with him in just because I enjoyed listening to him.
once I started to listening to this book I was unable to stop till I reached the end and then I was sad it was finished.
I would recommend this book to any one that loves a good fun romance.
Fielding, I felt for him. His cold hearted mother and absent father, the fact that he'd gotten to his age and never even been kissed.
He brought the characters of Fielding and Mick to life as all good narrators should. He made Mick, the straight more experienced one, sound hot and confident, and Fielding was quite dorky until surprisingly HE was more adult than Mick and quite open about his feelings. Mick deserved a few good slaps upside the head. The 'kissing' experimentation in particular was hot as all get out, and you would have thought that Jason was participating himself!! ;)
Yes, it's only an Xmas novella so entirely possible to read in one sitting.
"If Jason read school textbooks,grades would go up!"
The story was cute and sweet. Although the storyline was good, words alone could not create such an emotional reaction in me. Jason took this book from a single sense experience (hearing) and turned it into a multiple FIVE sense experience (Sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch). Who would not want to experience that multiple times?? So YES I have already listened to this again and will listen to it again and again and again!!!
Any time Jason (I mean Mick) *sighed*. Also anytime Mick thought of Fielding because Jason did this thing with his voice that could melt icebergs....no melt glaciers. Several times I found myself turning up the air conditioning in my car!
Definitely the First Kiss. The way Jason turned words on paper into actual butterflies in my stomach was mind blowing!
Kiss Me, Just Once....Twice....
Anyone can read a book out loud but it takes real talent to make a person actually "feel" what the characters are doing/feeling. Jason did this constantly throughout the book and it made listening to the book a "whole body experience". I have listened to many audiobooks and Jason's talent for voicing multiple characters especially of different ages and genders was AMAZING!! It sounded like multiple people were used to narrate this book. Each voice was unique to their character and it did NOT sound like one person trying to do many voices (unfortunately many audiobooks sound like that). This book was such a pleasure to hear that I will buy anything Jason narrates even if it is a math text book!
"Best Narration MM Book Ever"
Based on sheer passionate narration #1
Fielding in terms of his character, MIck in terms of his passion.
Sweet Lord! The man's voice turned me into pudding! Trust me you want some alone time when you listen to the kiss scenes... wow!
Uh yeah. See above... kissing scenes were out of this world.
Jason Frazier just hit this out of the ballpark. He was invested, he got it, he added charm and passion to the story and just made it so REAL. Awesome.
"You will listen to this MANY times!"
Yes! It is sweet and sexy! And has many touching moments!
Definitely the first kiss...sigh...
Jason Frazier brings the main characters to life! He makes you feel like you know Fielding Monroe and Mick Colman. His voice inflection lets you know exactly how Mick and Fielding are feeling about each other!
Oh Ioved every moment in this book, but when Mick came after Fielding at his Christmas party, that pretty much did it for me!
Since listening to this book, I have purchased every narration Jason Frazier has done for Audible...he is undoubtedly the most talented narrator I've ever listened to!
"Sweet, Sweet Book!"
yes, total "feel good" book. Nerdy boy gets beautiful jock boyfriend, but with substance.
Any Eli Easton book, Superhero.
No, great voices, great entertainment! More like Tristan James or Finn Sterling.
I would not rename it, perfect name
"Great story, performed wonderfully."
It’s amazing how much I used to struggle with trying to love Christmas. Then again, if you’ve ever worked retail, you probably get it. So it’s nice to return to Christmas and find it actually enjoyable.
Also – Christmas stories.
That said, this isn’t one. Or rather, there’s a very tenuous Christmas component to it, but it’s not a story that really has Christmas centre-stage. And even post-retail me is okay with that.
Eli Easton‘s Blame it on the Mistletoe is a fun novella-length audiobook that I listened to in a single afternoon worth of household chores, and it was a lovely way to pass the time. The narrative set-up is pretty simple: a jock has a roommate who’s a super-smart (and rather cute) nerdy type. They’re very close, and when the nerd learns that jock has the reputation of being the best kisser on campus, he asks for lessons.
Yup. That’s right. Lessons.
The reason why, and how the two end up together (there’s no spoiler there, as anyone who’s ever read any gay romance will know they’re on a collision course), is actually quite adorable. Even better, the (as-yet) straight jock character doesn’t come across as a gay-for-you character at all (a trope I have little patience for), but rather a character who has successfully managed to not-think-about-it for a very long time – until his roommate’s request makes him realize what’s going on.
It’s sweet. It’s fun. And it’s performed wonderfully by Jason Frazier, who I honestly think is one of the best audiobook performers out there. Seriously – everything I’ve heard him perform is elevated by his skill as a narrator. If you’re at all an audiobook enthusiast, check him out.
"Dear Dreamspinner, Please use Jason Frazier more"
Yes. It was such a short, sweet, feel good read with excellent narration. Definitely going to listen to this again.
I liked the characters. Even the side characters were likable.
Mick. The story is told from his POVS and Jason Frazier gave him this really pleasant, sultry voice. It sounded really appropriate for a twenty-two year old guy and everything he was feeling was conveyed by the narrator in such a way that it really felt like the character was telling his story instead of just a narrator reading words on a page.
When Mick realized he was in love for the first time. And with hist best friend.
I wish this was longer. And, Jason Frazier should narrate more books. I'm kind of disappointed he's only done a handful of them. He's definitely got the knack for it. If I could, I'd pay him to re-do all the audiobooks that were butchered by Jeff Gelder and Andrew Schwartz and then pay him some more to narrate other books that don't have audio versions available. So... Dreamspinner Press, if anyone actually keeps track of these reviews, there you go.
"Sweet - Hot - Amazing"
Absolutely - while in a hot bath, drinking wine and enjoying the bubbles.
all of them
ALL OF THEM - amazing amazing performance. The men sounded like men - the women sounded like women. Amazing.
Sweet and Hot Love for Christmas
"Jason needs to read every book ever."
I only listened to this book and hadn't read it before but I feel like the narration really made this book something special. It was a sweet story that I would have really enjoyed reading but the narration was so good that it really made the book even better!
The best parts of this book were any of the sexy parts. Jason's breathy voice was so amazing! I was fanning myself frequently.
I love the first kiss scene. It was so amazing. So incredibly sweet but sexy at the same time
Jason Has a Hot, Sexy Voice. Just kidding...but not really kidding. LOL
"narration was fabulous"
I haven't listened to any other audio books by this narrator, but he was perfect for this one. I loved this book when I read it but enjoyed it much more in audio. The first scene where Mick and Fielding got hot and heavy was, wow, turn on the AC because I'm going up in flames.
Definitely the first time they get together.
Mick. I didn't feel like this was a narrator reading, but more that I was really listening to Mick's inner dialogue.
Fielding, because he looks at everything from a different perspective than most people.
Highly recommend in audio.
I loved this book. It was so good, Jason Frazier was delightful to listen to. I haven't read or listened to Eli Easton but I'm definitely going to now. Sometimes it's nice to listen to a book without tons of drama.
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