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Publisher's Summary

A nice boy gets naughty...

Redheaded freshman Jeremy "Cherry" Rourke is certainly living up to his childhood nickname, although still being inexperienced is the least of his concerns. After coming out, his parents barely talk to him. He hasn't made any friends at university. Worst of all, he's about to spend Christmas completely alone in an empty dorm.

Jeremy clearly needs a fairy godfather, so football captain Max Pimenta takes him under his wing to help him find his dating groove. But Jeremy's wound way too tight. He's too vulnerable. Max can't trust some random guy with him. He needs to take care of Jeremy himself and introduce him to no-pressure exploration. It's not about romance or feelings - he's just doing the kid a favor.

Max is definitely not falling for this lonely, beautiful boy. No way.

And it's not like he can leave Jeremy all alone for the holidays. He'll bring him home to his family's maple syrup farm - strictly as friends since his parents have rules. No more fooling around. No more eager, breathless fun. No more making Jeremy shiver and blush with suggestive whispers in his ear. No more sweeter-than-sugar kisses. All nice. No more naughty.

But Jeremy's sleeping right across the hall, and Max wants him for himself. The 12 days of Christmas will last an eternity if they don't break the rules.

Shhh. No one has to know...

Merry Cherry Christmas is a feel-good holiday MM romance from Keira Andrews featuring a nervous nerd and protective jock, forced proximity, first times, and of course a happy ending.

©2020 Keira Andrews (P)2021 Keira Andrews

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A sweet and spicy Christmas romance!

Jeremy ‘Cherry’ Rourke is a college freshman who’s a little bit lost. He’s a timid nerd, estranged from his parents since coming out, and he knows no one in town except his mostly absent roommate. When college jock Max Pimenta sees the cute nerd slip in the snow, he can’t help but take him under his wing, help him buy better clothes, introduce him to his friends, and even invite him home for Christmas. This fun romance ticked so many boxes for me: Christmas on Max’s parents’ maple syrup farm was super heartwarming, Jeremy and Max were both decent guys with great chemistry, and their backstories were interesting and well-written. The story was surprisingly steamy for a low-angst, festive tale but didn’t feel out of place. I was always going to love the audio narration by Kirt Graves, he’s a firm favourite, and does a great job here.

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Cute & sexy!

Loved this book! Such a cute story but with so much spice!! The virgin trope done well. Loved the setting and the relationship. MM perfection. The narration was amazing too

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 14-11-2021

enjoyed it

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes

📖 Story comment: Good pace, likeable characters, nice flow.
A cute college age feel-good story. A little predictable, but that's what I look for in a holiday romance, made all the better with an awkward nerd and an overprotective jock with a loving family.

🎧 Narrator comment: Kirt Graves has done a good job bringing Merry Cherry Christmas to life. He suited the characters, each character has his own voice, the rhythm, changes in pitch and intonation and the cadence of voice all work to bring the story to life. Overall an enjoyable performance.

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• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again if i'm in the mood for the narrator [4⭐] • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list [4⭐] • 8 kept me up past bed-time [4.5⭐] • 9 recommended to family/friends [4.75⭐] • 10 own it in multiple formats [5⭐] • 11 keep a copy with me at all times [5⭐]

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  • John
  • 30-10-2021

Great!

I really enjoyed this story, and definitely left me wanting more. Highly recommended for good holiday cheer.

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  • CR
  • 24-10-2021

Cute story, great audio

I got this story in Kindle a while ago, it seemed like a cute, fun, low angst Christmas story and I actually liked it enough to read a couple of times. The audio just enhanced the simple love story. Kirt Graves gives it such life and I found myself tearing up while listening. It was surprising how much more emotional the story was when listening to it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-2022

Just okay

I wanted to like this more than I did. The story was weak, as well as the character development. I did enjoy the characters but not much happened in this book. It had feel good moments and the required HEA, but still was lacking something.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-12-2021

Fun Read

There s is a sweet, easy, feel good read great for de-stressing during the hectic news of the holiday.
Highly recommended if well written, and easy read is what you are wanting

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  • Sonnyboy
  • 21-12-2021

Life is just a bowl of cherrys!

A very sweet straightforward story, with appealing young characters who find self assurance and love all during the Christmas season.
An easy, fun read for the holidays.

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  • shawn
  • 19-11-2021

loved this!!!!

sweet story.... great chemistry and super hot! great narration by Kirk and i love all of Keiras books and this one is one of my favorites ❤

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  • Rellim
  • 15-11-2021

Great MM Holiday romance

I loved this last year when I read it and was excited to see it on audio this year.

This is the perfect holiday read/listen, adorkably sweet and sexy fun! Fairly low angst and absolutely hilarious. Keira Andrews is good at weaving a bit of humor through many of her stories – but I was seriously laughing out loud through much of this book. This was many of my favorite tropes – yet unique in a lot of ways. While Max is comfortably out & definitely sexually experienced, he’s also sensitive to Jeremy’s concerns and perspective.

I loved Max’s family, especially his relationship with his sister Meg. Fans of Andrew’s Santa Daddy will be treated to a cameo by Nick & Hunter who live in the neighboring farm. It’s not necessary to have read it to enjoy this, but if you like to read chronologically, you’ll want to start there.

This really is low angst with most of the drama coming from Max grappling with his after-graduation plans and Jeremy navigating a less than supportive family. While set in a very short amount of time (less than 3 weeks, I think) – Max & Jeremy do spend a lot of time getting to know each other outside the bedroom, which really solidifies their HEA. Andrews also gives us a lovely epilogue.

Kirt Graves was wonderful. He does a great job with the shy & bumbling Jeremy as well as the confident Max. It was just as fun and sexy as last year. This will definitely be an annual listen.

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  • BevS
  • 23-12-2021

Good narration, jury is still out on the story...

I honestly did not remember that this one had so much sex in it; perhaps that would've changed my mind as to whether to buy this audio, even though it's read by one of my fave narrators. Oh well 😕, 4 stars rounded up for the audio.

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  • Book addict
  • 30-10-2021

Enjoyable

This was an enjoyable book to listen to, and I liked the characters. Didn’t blow me away, but I felt invested in their story.

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