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M/M Romance Christmas Boxset

Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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This M/M romance bundle contains four seasonal romances from award-winning author Isobel Starling.

Back Where He Belongs (M/M puppy-play novella)

Kier Campbell returns to Scotland from Australia to spend Christmas with his family. What he finds is a gift that is worth more than money could buy.

"Daddy Christmas" (daddy-kink short story) 

Ryan Sutherland is a side character from Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper. This short story gives him the happy ending he deserves.

The Christmas Bonus

The Investobank Christmas shindig at the Lorien Hotel puts Jake Walters and the object of his lust in the same place at the same time...and it's Christmas!  

Fred & Ginger

The Big Boy Cupcakes baker has to rush the last-minute order of cock cupcakes for the party of a celebrity, but in his haste to deliver, he falls foul of an over-keen chocolate Labrador named Fred, and his handsome owner....

©2018 Isobel Starling / Decent Fellows Press (P)2018 Isobel Starling / Decent Fellows Press

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Funny, romantic with Fabulous narration

There are four stories in this box set and each one of them is a delight. The stand outs were the Novellas. Fred and Ginger is very English and LOL hilarious, Back Where He Belongs finds us in Scotland, with Gary Furlong giving us a whole book of brooding Scots accents... it is fantastic. American accents are also showcased in the other two stories. Overall this audiobook is a Christmassy joy.

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  • DPiazzi
  • 21-11-18

For those who love short stories.

I am a big fan of this author’s writing and a really big fan of the narrator. Gary Furlong’s accents are amazing, His Scottish and English accents sound authentic and curl around in my brain deliciously. I have to admit to an audio crush. I could listen to him all day.

There are four stories in this boxset, with some of the stories being better than others. By better, I mean more developed; the stories a little longer in which you come to know the characters better.

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In ‘Fred and Ginger’, Chris had baked “dirty” cupcakes for a famous actor and was taking them out for delivery when a dog named Fred tripped him up and caused him to spill the cupcakes on the streets in front of the Christmas shoppers. It is a comical moment with edible penises laying all over the ground. The dog’s owner, Robin, feels bad though and offers to help him bake more cupcakes. Chris recognizes Robin from a past encounter and the two find themselves wanting to reconnect while they race to finish the order. It is a quick story but the characters are interesting. I like that the end of the story shows promise of something more between them.

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‘The Christmas Bonus’ is probably the quickest story or at least it felt like it. It is a story of two co-workers who have watched each other from across the office but haven’t had too much interaction. The company Christmas party offers them the chance to finally talk or possibly do more… It is a good premise but there isn’t really a romantic connection and it doesn’t give me any idea if there is any potential for this couple. It offered the least for me as a romance lover.

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‘Daddy Christmas’ is another of the shorter stories. It is more or less a Grindr hookup for the two main characters. There is a D/s theme to the story with one character looking for a “Daddy.” The hookup seems to leave a more lasting impression than a one night stand. There seemed to be affection building between the Daddy and sub. Even though the ending is a little open ended, I felt at least a spark of hope that they might see each other again. And again.

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I think ‘Back Where He Belongs’ is the longest of the stories. There are parts of this story I connected with and some I didn’t. It is a second chance romance which I love. Kier left Scotland to explore the world and keep his attractions in the closet. He also left his boyfriend Douglas. He returns home for Christmas years later, and his vehicle breaks down stranding him on the side of the road. And in a predictable turn of events, guess who passes by and rescues him? Predictable or not, I love chance meetings between exes who never really stopped caring for the other. With the weather only getting worse Douglas takes Kier to his home. The tension and attraction between them is obvious, and I couldn’t help but feel for Keir as he worries that Douglas has moved on. I also worried how the two could work out if Keir was returning to Australia after the holiday.

Here is the part that I didn’t really connect with. Before Kier left his relationship with Douglas involved dominance and submission, and puppy play. Kier was the Master in the past. But in wanting to make amends to Douglas, the two switch positions in the present. Now, I recognize that puppy play is a legitimate kink, and I worry when I say that I don’t connect that I’m coming off judgy. I’m not. It just isn’t my kink. So I feel like I only half listened to their play. This part of the story doesn’t actually take up a significant amount of time, though. After they reconnect and Kier acknowledges his mistakes, they both decide to set things right. Kier brings Douglas to his parents to celebrate the holiday where he admits why he left. This story definitely had the most promising ending and I really enjoyed it.

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Even with the longer stories, this audiobook was a quick listen at around four hours. I definitely recommend this author and narrator. If you like shorter stories this audiobook is definitely for you.

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 13-11-18

Don't wear panties when you listen this book

Seriously! Where have Isobel Starling and Gary Furlong been all my life? 😍 If you love audios with swoon-worthy romance, unique characters and happy endings narrated by one-of-a-kind smoky silk voice, look no further because we have a winning duo right here. 👍 I admit that I always kinda dread reading or listening short stories and anthologies because let's be honest, there's not many authors out there who can give you that kick of a satisfying punch with that little words. 😁 But Isobel Starling delivered that and more in this festive spirit filled MM Christmas box set. Not only I immensely enjoyed each and every story, I fell in love with them. 💜 They are sweet, romantic, extra kinky and sexy and very Christmassy. Just what I'm looking for in a holiday read/listen. I'll write brief individual reviews for every novella in this box set.




Fred and Ginger

I admit that I'll never look at the chocolate fondants the same way again in my life. 😂👏 Chris works for London’s only gay bakery and when his boss called him and asked him a favor for a very special Christmas order for movie star Jason Beck, Chris almost peed his pants. Jason has been his idol for so long and to have the honor to create custom cupcakes which are rather scandalous 😁 for his childhood idol, Chris worked the order right away. And then Fred, the chocolate Labrador, stormed into his life quite literally and Chris found himself not being able to deliver the cupcake in time for Jason. And then his savior came in the form of ginger bearded Robin whom Chris hooked up with all those months ago. Now these two must work together not only for their cupcake mission but also to have a happy rainbow ending in each other's arms. 😉


This Christmas Bonus

Although the shortest in the entire box set, I somehow found this one to be incredibly titillating, erotic and kinky. 🔥 Jake the newly divorced man in his 40s is trying to come to terms with his long-denied sexuality. And he’s been fantasizing about that naive, innocent, virginal intern for weeks now. But when he approached Jake at their office Christmas party, he doesn’t look that innocent, that naive or not that virginal at all. 😁 And now Jake must embrace everything about this young, intriguing and brazen man to discover the parts that he didn't even know existed within himself.


Daddy Christmas

Another confession, I totally have a suit fetish. 😂 I can’t even count how many times I ravaged the men in suits (in my imaginations guys, please don't be that impressed 🤣) whenever I have to wait for a long layover at an airport. (Don’t you notice you see a lot of business men and women in suits there? 😁) And in this little short story, Miss Isobel fulfilled my dirty little mind's favorite fantasy to the fullest. Ryan and his daddy bear was hot, hot and HOT. 😱🔥 Those two men needed each other and as a Christmas miracle, they found what they were looking for in each other’s arms. Please be assured that I'll nag Miss Isobel until she gives in to write the full stories of these two and Jake and his intern.


Back Where He Belongs

I'm usually not very keen on second-chance romances. But DAMN, Isobel Starling did it again with her unique and talented writing to make me fall in love with these two Scott lads. 😍 Kier ran away to Australia and left his childhood sweetheart behind after he finished college when he couldn't come to terms with his sexuality and came out to his family. Now five years later, (Kier has been lonely for exactly that mount of time 😭) he's back to Scotland to visit his family for holidays. When his car broke down in the middle of nowhere, Kier thought he'd freeze to death in this snow storm. And a man stopped to help him who coincidentally happened to be his one and only love, the one who Kier left behind. With the roads blocked and a blizzard coming, Kier realized that he’ll be stranded at his ex-boyfriend's house for at least a few days. And now, he not only wants to rekindle the romance between them but also to relive all those kinky fetishes they used to play when they were lovers. 😎 And this time, Kier is determined to be with the man he has always loved for the rest of his life. 😌



My, I loved the first story “Fred and Ginger”. Sweet, romantic, sexy and really funny. 😁 The second and third ones are nice little sexy shorties and the fourth, “Back where he belongs”, I still hear that extremely titillating “woof woof” of Gary Furlong in my dreams. 😂 You know what Isobel Starling's writing reminds me of? Just like the Scots and Scotland Isobel loves to write, her writing is smooth, silky, smoky and uniquely impeccable just like Scotch whiskey. 💜 And to pair that remarkable writing with the god of sultry and erotic voices, Gary Furlong, results in one very hot and bothered and happy listener. 😁😍 This box set is perfect for everyone who loves their Christmas stories a bit or a lot on the naughty side. 😉 Can’t recommend enough. Thoroughly and immensely enjoyed it. 👏



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  • 05-11-18

Great Stories & Furlong is Wonderful!

Four Christmas Stories:
Fred and Ginger is a colorful and creative holiday short. Between Isobel Starling's descriptions of the yummy baked goods (I really want to see those fondant cocks) and the fun, offbeat neighborhood in which the shop is located, I couldn't resist skipping back a few times to listen to Gary Furlong read it again.

I'm always going to give high marks when an author can create so much chemistry between the characters so quickly, and in so few pages. Both men are interesting guys and I'd love to learn more about them... the story of their Grindr hook-up would be amazing, just sayin'.

Fred and Ginger has all the hot, intimate, playful sex I'm learning to expect from Isobel Starling - and there's some pretty creative stuff in this one ;).

As always, any story read to me by Gary Furlong is going to elicit warm and pleasant feelings... I do love the way he says "cock" and "balls", it's almost like he's smirking - because he knows we really do love to hear him say "cock" and "balls". Well it's a win/win for everyone and I can only but hope that he continues to narrate the deliciously naughty stories of Isobel Starling.

The Christmas Bonus
Fun short story about a recently divorced man (who's been doing MF for <i>way</i> too long).

The object of his desire turns out to be a very pleasant surprise at the company holiday party... I enjoyed the connection the two men make, but I would have loved just one more chapter ;)

Daddy Christmas
Nice story about a confident, older guy who finally finds his mate.

Back Where He Belongs
I love a second chance romance, especially at Christmas.

When Keir comes back home after five years away, a chance encounter with his true love shows him what he's been missing. The two men make a change in their power dynamic (not to mention some deliciously hot puppy play) and reinvent their relationship.

I'm really enjoying Isobel Starling's lusciously dirty stories, and this one's lighthearted, fun and creative. It's also available an audiobook narrated by the marvelous Gary Furlong, and with a yummy Northern Scots accent? Yes, please!

an audiobook copy of MM Romance Christmas Boxset was provided at my request by the author for the purpose my my honest review