Elaine White's Life in Books

The Author

 

Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016's Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) she has explored the worlds of multiple genres, but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

 

The Reviewer

 

I’m an author and reader, who just can’t get away from books. I discovered the MM genre a few years ago and became addicted.

Top #50 UK reviewer on Goodreads
#1 reviewer on Divine Magazine

The Christmas Mansion (sweet gay romance)

The Christmas Mansion (sweet gay romance) - Hollis Shiloh This was okay. There were some really cute parts, as it's more of a sweet romance than hot, but there were still problems, for me.

Despite my Kindle deleting all my notes, I can still remember the problems from last night's reading - namely that the story hints at being "historical" all the way through, even in the blurb, yet the only thing even remotely historical about it is the fact that they use gas lights and horse drawn carriages. And the mention of a magician is such a small factor in the plot that it could have been missed out entirely and the story wouldn't have been affected. To me, it read as a contemporary story - everyone was wearing jeans, talking in modern speech, and men were dancing with and kissing other men out in the open, flirting with perfect strangers, without the slightest hint of being caught or it not being the "norm", as it would in a historical. For me, I might have believed it more without the magical aspect and the historical attempts, because they just didn't fit the story.

I liked the characters. They were decent, if not as explored as I would normally like. For the length of the story, it was adequate. I had a problem with the insta-love issue, but other than that, it was a decent read and I'd read more by the author in the future.