Welcome to a special Stuff We Like. This week isn't brought to you by the usual Mischiefers. Nope. No Toni, Freddy, or Angel. This week happens to feature someone near and dear to Toni, so you could say it's indirectly related to her if you want. We guess. But this special guest is also familiar to the Mischiefers. We met him when Toni came to the US the first time. He was at the writer's retreat where the Mischiefer crew was born.
Toni's brother, Jonathan, had joined her for her cross country USA trip for moral support. When he showed up in the cabin, we stared at him (and her too). They were HUGE! Also, was this straight, Aussie brother of a gay mm romance writer going to fit in with a bunch of other MM writers?
It was a stupid question really. Jonathan was a blast. Perfectly fitting in with the rest of us. Laughs, good times, and fun were to be had. No one could ask for a better straight ally.
We also discovered he had a beautiful speaking voice. One day we woke up one of our roommates with him reading a book through the door to her. We died. It was awesome.
Toni recently visited Jonathan. On this trip, she finished up her latest Holland Brother book (A Very Holland Valentine), but she also managed to get him to read for her. As in, read an excerpt from her books so all of you can hear her wolves in an authentic Aussie accent.
(He really is a nice brother).
So, without further ado, Jonathan reading from the new, bigger, better version of Forbidden Mate: Holland Brothers 4.
Can you see why we adore him? Jonathan is most definitely Stuff (People) We Like.
You can find Forbidden Mate here on MCB and other third party outlets like Amazon, ARe, and B&N. (And, if you weren't aware of Toni's re-edited, expanded version of her Holland Brothers, here is the updated blurb for FM.)
Finding his mate should have been Patrick Holland's greatest day, instead it turned into a nightmare with one phone call. His mate didn't want him. His heart broke, but at sixteen he was too young to do anything. The next ten years—ten long years— of Patrick's life are spent at odds with his mate. Split by forces he can't comprehend and a long line of misunderstandings, Patrick doubts he'll ever get the man he's both loved and hated.
Jake Richmond never expected to come home from Uni to find the youngest Holland brother was his mate. Knowing the news might uplift his still grieving father, Jake shares the news only to have his young mate threatened. Jake does the only thing he can think of, protect Patrick. The next ten years are nothing but torture for Jake as he watches his mate grow into a remarkable young man.
They say time heals all wounds, but how much time?
Please note: FM has been reedited, and expanded by about 50,000 words.
Vicki from Love Bytes Reviews gave the Holland Brothers Series a comprehensive review for all the books.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I can’t say they were unique, I have read lots of shifter/werewolf stories, but these were very well done. I loved the world Toni created, the family connection was great, and having four gay werewolf brothers was original. I liked that each book featured one couple but they were all so tied in together that we see what is happening with the other couples. The couples were each well connected physically and emotionally, the sex was plentiful but not overwhelming, and the endings were all satisfying. There were clearly defined bad guys and good guys, enough drama and action to keep me interested, but lots of sweet cuddling as well. I am very glad I read them, and hope the story of the Holland Brothers continues!"
You can find the full review HERE.