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Summary

God help you merry gentlemen....

Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books - and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding a missing boyfriend.

Fortunately, Adrien just happens to know a really good private eye.

©2017 Josh Lanyon (P)2017 Josh Lanyon

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A Lovely Christmas Tale, ♥ Williams' Performance

This was just what I wanted and everything I needed. To experience Jake being so real with Adrien and to see how their relationship is developing was priceless. Between the Christmas Codas and Kit Holmes describing them together in The Boy with the Painful Tattoo I always had hope for Jake and wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. I just wanted to see Jake treating Adrien like he deserved to be treated. Like a partner who mattered, not talking down to him and not playing mind games or being physically intimidating. (It is also reassuring to see Jake struggling with all the developments in his life, it helps make him more real.)

The best part was seeing Adrien so happy. He is delightfully funny in this story; his sense of humor is so playful we can tell straight away that he’s feeling more confident and healthy. After all this time I know Adrien so well, like a very close friend, and it has always broken my heart to see his lack of self-confidence and his insecurities dominating so much of his life.

I don’t really believe Adrien needed Jake, or even a successful relationship, to be a whole person but much of his life was about finding a partner and completing that part of himself. Being sick in High School and missing romantic relationships at that age (other than messing around with Rob) left him with a lack of experience and maturity which he needed to figure out. Having Mel leave him due to his poor health was a blow to his self-confidence and I believe his inability to fully commit to Guy was more about Adrien’s insecurities and less about needing the perfect partner. Adrien was never fully in control of his romantic relationships and it was often heartbreaking to witness. Going through this journey with Adrien and watching him develop and grow, I think the timing was finally right. Adrien has his health, a strong family support system, his business is thriving and he is truly confident and can participate equally in this relationship.

I really enjoyed the story too, it was a nice look into Jake being a PI and including Adrien in that part of his life. It was also nice to get some closure with many of the relationships from earlier books. (I don’t love reading M/F fiction but I would like to read Kate’s story, maybe starting off with her new job in Vermont? To see how this all must have felt to her and how she moves on would be very interesting. Hum, maybe a plot bunny for some fan fic.)

It was a beautiful story and a very satisfying progression in the relationship of Adrien and Jake. Yay, Adrien is finally happy :)

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Holiday Adrien and Jake

Lovely catch up with the guys showing them living their lives together with Jake finally out of the closet. there was also a little mystery to be solved and it although it was short it was a definite feel good book.

I saw another review criticize the narrator for the female voices, and I do concede Natalie's voice does make her sound like a nasty spoiled brat, so different from the interpretation of her in previous audiobooks.

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Narrator ruined it for me

I probably would have enjoyed this book but the fact that the narrator made all the girls sound so cringingly whiny ruined it, I had to stop listening.

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  • Viv
  • 16-12-17

Love Jake and Adrien!

Am I disappointed that Chris Patton was unable to do this audiobook? Absolutely! However I think that Kale Williams did a fine job representing Adrien and the other characters. My main disappointment was his Jake. It was not distinctive or gruff enough. This book is an utter delight for Jake and Adrien fans though and the audiobook did not take anything away from my enjoyment of the story!

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  • Pat C
  • 19-03-18

Loved the book; missed Chris Patton

If you could sum up So This Is Christmas in three words, what would they be?

Great continuation of the last book. I just miss hearing Chris Patton's voice. It was like having a different narrator for the Deathly Hallows after the first six being read by Jim Dale. It just wouldn't have worked, and I'm struggling to make it work here. I think sometimes I just ignored the narrator's voice and just imposed my memory of Chris Patton. Still one of the best series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of So This Is Christmas?

Jake's family's New Year's Eve party

What aspect of Kale Williams’s performance would you have changed?

Sometimes he just sounded too affected, overacting. He read parts of Adrien's dialog in too singsong a voice, which doesn't really go with how he was portrayed in the other five books. It's hard to describe. Just listen to how Chris Patton does it and that will explain it. And how he did Natalie's and Lisa, Adrien's mom's voice was painful at best.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not extreme, just very happy to see the continuation of one of my favorite audiobook series. Hope there's more to come.

Any additional comments?

Chris Patton is the guy for this series or at least someone who has a better understanding of the inflections. Like when he said the "Ah-huh", he got the intonation so wrong.. I don't suppose you would consider redoing this audiobook with Chris'voice, Josh, Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee????!!! have to ask.:-/

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  • brandi
  • 02-01-18

Perfection!

Yes! Brilliant as always Josh Lanyon. A perfect novella to top off the series. The chracters were in tune, the narration was wonderful. I can't say more. It's a short book packed with lots of things happening...so much! Just read it! 3 hours well spent!

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  • Savannah Bar.
  • 08-06-18

I've Already Listened To This Twice

Realizing that Kale Williams narrated this book made me one extremely happy person! I loved the other guy but Kale is definetly my favorite and does a phenomenal job, just as he did with the Art of Murder series!

This story wraps up things nicely and I finally get to see both Jake and Adrien 'out' and happy as can be together! It's so sweet and their love is a balm for my soul.

I love that Jake's family are finally accepting of his sexuality (well, most of them anyway) and I'm glad I finally got to meet them. They seem pretty cool to me (thank god, poor Jake missed his family).

The ending had me squealing like a little girl because of all the warm fluffies it gave me. I'll be absoloutely estatic if there's to be a book 7 but this one is lovely in itself.

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  • Cynthia Bowen
  • 21-12-17

story good, narrator annoying

Love the author, but the narrators chosen cadence for the story is awful. not natural sounding. ugh

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  • Patrick McDonald
  • 17-12-17

Another hit for the holidays.

Another masterful work by Josh. If I had a concern it is minor. The new narrator is very good with a couple caveats. Lisa’s English accent is a bit forced and the difference between Adrien and Jake needs to be more pronounced but overall excellent narration. Looking forward to the follow up events (no spoiler here). Thanks Josh and my cat Jake thanks you too.

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  • Jeff S.
  • 30-12-17

Complete waste of time

Not only does the narrator do a horrific job of narrating the book, but his take on other characters is completely different than the previous narrator. Was so looking forward to another chapter in the Adrien English series. This, was not it.

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  • Lauren Prouty
  • 26-01-18

Narrator ruined it for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Probably not their cup of tea.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I enjoyed the story.

What didn’t you like about Kale Williams’s performance?

I had to give up listening to the book (since I already read the book, and enjoyed that very much) because I couldn't tell who was speaking. There was no difference between Adrien and Jake (however, I know the characters so well I could surmise who was speaking but it ruined the listening experience to the point I saw no point continuing). Well, at least when I read the book I can "hear" Chris Patton speaking.

Did So This Is Christmas inspire you to do anything?

Not listen to any more Kale Williams recordings. He's a "reader."

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  • Carol (bookish_notes)
  • 27-07-21

Hate the narrator change

This is more of a novella epilogue into the lives of Adrien and Jake six months after the events of the last book. The text us published almost eight years since the first edition of The Dark Tides, but I love that this wrapped up everything between Adrien and Jake and really gave them a HEA they deserve even if the contents of this story was too dramatic.

This is a nice holiday read, with a bit of investigation thrown into the mix. Most notable in this novella is that after reading this book, I actually liked Jake at the end. There. I said it. The ending made me tear up and Adrien and Jake are adorable here after all they’ve been through in this series.

Content notes include homomisia, misogyny, and mentions of a pregnancy.

So besides Adrien and Jake, what is this story about? We see the return of a character from the second book, A Dangerous Thing, who is looking into the disappearance of his boyfriend. Jake, now a P.I., has been hired by the missing boy’s family to investigate his disappearance and both parties are saying the other had something to do with it.

For a novella, the story packs a lot into it. I’m not sure how I feel about the latest developments between Natalie, Adrien’s stepsister, and his *cough* new bookseller. It seems so out of the blue and unnecessary.

After listening to the first five books on audio narrated by Chris Patton, it is a shock to suddenly have a narrator change here. Kale Williams…does okay? I’ve listened to Kale Williams once before and had not been a fan, but I think he does his best here picking up after Chris Patton. Kale William’s Adrien and Jake are decent enough and not too unlike the other audiobooks. However, I do think he has a weakness in how he does female voices? His voices for Natalie, and Adrien’s mother are pretty grating, which is unfortunate. So, while I’m glad this novella was turned into an audiobook, it’s just a real shame that Chris Patton didn’t narrate it

All in all, the series was a whirlwind of emotions. There were some good mysteries that kept me on edge and the stories were an exhilarating, if not an exhausting, ride at times. The romance had more drama than I care for, with a slow burn that doesn’t really ever feels like it pays off, but I do like how this story managed to tie the series together in a holiday bow.

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  • W. Floyd
  • 26-06-21

Perfect Ending for an Amazing Series

I was a bit apprehensive about listening to an Adrien English book not being narrated by Chris Patton.
Someone who not only faultlessly and brilliantly narrated the previous 5 audiobooks but also - for me - embodied Jake and Adrien.

Well, I am extremely happy to say , Kale Williams did a very good job narrating it. He is a very talented voice actor. And even though , voices weren't the same, it was closed enough for me to embrace it completely. The only voices that kind of bothered me were that of Lisa - Adrien's mom - and of Natalie -his half sister . Found that both Lisa's and Natalie's voices lacked the warmth and love , Chris Patton infused in them.

As for the story; this is a love letter from Josh Laynon to all Adrien and Jake's fans. We "see" how their relationship is developing , their everyday living together , at home , at work , with their families, their pets. It also, have the romantic HEA we all want for the ones we love. And I definitely LOVE this couple.

Yes, I recommend it
Yes, I will re-listen
Yes, it's worth all the credits