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A blizzard, an urgent plea, a desperate journey, and the most important moment of their lives.

Action movie star Peter Erickson is spending the Christmas holidays ensconced with his in-laws and his new husband. In the wilds of Northern British Columbia, they are as far away from the bustle of the city as they can get. 

Thomas Walsh and his famous husband are deeply in love. Although he prefers the intimacy of their city house, he's come home to face the reason he left 10 years ago, and to finally tell his parents the truth. A desperate phone call has the couple scrambling. Will they get back to Vancouver in the middle of a snowstorm in time for their solstice surprise?

©2021 Gabbi Grey (P)2021 Gabbi Grey

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sweet holiday tale

this was a very sweet and emotional tale,and will be going into my holiday listening line up.

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Thomas and Peter's First Holiday Season Together

First, this book is a sequel/companion to Gabbi Gray’s adorable summer romance story ‘Catch a Tiger by the Tail’. That book should be read before ‘Solstice Surprise’ for a better context of what’s happening here.

Thomas and Peter are spending the holidays at Thomas’ parents' home in Northern British Columbia. It starts to look like the story’s main theme will be snowed-in/close-proximity, but a call in the middle of the night turns it into a sudden road trip back to Vancouver (in the before mentioned snow).

While I love MCs Thomas and Peter, this story is also filled with interesting, likeable secondary characters. I particularly enjoyed the succession of drivers that stepped-up to rush the guys back to Vancouver.

One thing that detracts from the story, in my opinion. Is that the book feels too short. There are more than a couple storylines that need to be expanded upon. I'm trying to remain unspoiler-y, so I can’t really say more.

All-in-all, Gray’s story provides a nice glimpse into Thomas and Peter’s lives after the meet-cute-ness of ‘Catch a Tiger by the Tail’. The ending scenes are super sweet and promise a happily-ever-after for the whole family.

I’m not purposely binging Michael Dean, but I have listened to several performances of his lately. He always does a great job. No matter what the story needs, he performs it to perfection. ‘Solstice Surprise’ calls for more drama than the lighter-hearted previous book, and Dean delivers it beautifully.

This audiobook was provided to me for free as a review copy, at my request. This review includes a few of my honest opinions and are completely voluntary.

Recommended.

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Just okay

Maybe because I hadn't read or listened to the first story in this series, this felt kind of lightweight to me. And yes, that's in spite of the heavy subjects it addresses both in Thomas's past and in his and Peter's anxiously anticipated shared future plan...I can't say more without spoilers. The characters themselves were okay, as were all the secondary characters, aside from the RCMP officer who was a stereotypical jerk. The most exciting part for me was the journey from Prince George down to Vancouver in a blizzard. Even the narration was just okay.

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Just okay.

This book has some really good moments and also some super corny moments. The narration wasn’t my favorite but far from the worst. If you’re looking for a really quick story this will get the job done.

I received a copy of this audiobook from GRR and this is my honest review.

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Very Enjoyable

Solstice Surprise is a beautifully written short story about Peter and Thomas, from Catch a Tiger by the Tail. I loved seeing these two again. Peter and Thomas have quite the journey in this book to get back to Vancouver for the most wonderful surprise of all. It wasn't an easy journey, but it was so worth it. I recommend this book.
Narrator Michael Dean does a fantastic job.

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Great addition!

I love that we got more of Thomas and Peter. I love seeing how their relationship is growing. This is such a sweet short story with these two. Michael Dean does an amazing job with this narration. I love listening to this sweet story.

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After the HEA

This was a nice follow up to Catch a Tiger By the Tail with Peter and Thomas. With the length of the books/audios and the story content, I would have preferred to see everything in a single volume, but I can understand a perhaps unplanned revisiting of this couple for a holiday novella. While the story and narration were a little over the top at times, it was still sweet and I enjoyed it. I’m also really glad Thomas got the chance to reconnect with his family and start making peace with his past.

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Thomas and Peter


I was so excited to see Peter & Thomas again. I really enjoyed them in Catch a Tiger by the Tail and wish I had known about this story sooner.  It was so great to see them settled into married life and expanding their family and I was glad that Thomas now had the courage to start to rebuild his relationship with his family.

Michael Dean did a nice job narrating the story but I personally don’t like over the to voices and I felt that he did that with Thomas at times.

I received a copy of this book and am giving an honest review

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Good!

This was a really good follow up to Catch a Tiger by the Tail! It was great catching up with Thomas and Pete. The narration done by Michael Dean was really good!

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A good follow up

It was good to see where Pete and Thomas's relationship has grown since they met in the first book. They are about to enter the next stage of their marriage and adopt a baby. When the panicked call comes while they are visiting Thomas's parents, they have to find a way to get back home. And quite the adventure that turns out to be! As always Michael Dean is awesome.

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 09-13-21

It's set in my childhood town, too cool!!

I knew I wanted to listen to this story because I grew up in Northern BC. Turns out it’s from my childhood city, Prince George. This is the first book I’ve listened to where I lived, so cool. Probably made me biased, but I don’t care. I really liked this story and I love big problems that MCs have to overcome. I thought it was sweet, hot and sexy and a totally enjoyable listen. I liked the narrator’s voice, his pace was good and I liked that voices were different. I definitely recommend this story.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 09-12-21

Perfect winter treat on a hot day

This little winter story was beautifully performed by Michael Dean and put me in an early holiday mood. It was great to see Peter and Thomas working on their relationship with each other and with family. There are several smaller surprises and one very heartwarming big one in this gentle story.

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  • Magnus
  • 09-12-21

Great

A great follow up story by Gabbi Gray. Peter and Thomas where fantastic as in the first story. Might be a short story but overflowing with feelings. Mixhael Dean did a nice job with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Larissa
  • 09-12-21

*4.5 stars* Enjoyable after the HEA story

Solstice Surprise is a continuation/sequel to Catch a Tiger by the Tail, showing us life after the HEA for Thomas and Peter. The first story felt a bit compressed to me, with things happening and developing too quickly for my liking. That continued here as well, and I wish this book had jumped forward into the future more than six months because I think it would have lent an authenticity to the story that the accelerated time frames challenge.

That being said, this is a beautiful, impactful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend you read Catch a Tiger by the Tail first. You’ll be missing out on some important context if you read Solstice Surprise as a standalone. Michael Dean’s narration is excellent as always and a definite value-add to an already well-written, lovely story.

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  • Gwen
  • 09-12-21

The ever after for Thomas and Peter…

This is a sequel, for Peter and Thomas after they marry. Thomas needs a closure he will get in this journey to visit his family. They are both so in love and waiting to be parents. If everything goes right… their ever after awaits. It’s a sweet look into the near future for these two, a very happy ending with family time, new friends and a definitely new life. I enjoyed it, so if you listened or read Catch a Tiger by its tale this is a must listen. Great narration too by Mr Dean.

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  • Randall J
  • 09-11-21

Sweet holiday story will warm your cockles...

Recently married couple Peter and Thomas are visiting Thomas’s family in northern British Columbia for the holidays, when they get an urgent call and need to return to Vancouver as quickly as possible – in the middle of a snowstorm. This heartwarming novella is packed with the feels – Peter and Thomas’s love is the strongest of bonds, and this story is as much about how that bond sustains them both as life throws both emotional and actual challenges at them is uplifting in the best way. And just to remind us that no man (or couple) is an island, several angels of the entirely human variety are sent to ease their path. The voice narration by Michael Dean is flawless and evocative as always.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 09-11-21

Great feel good, hallmark worthy.

The story is good, and the characters are well written, and you actually could immerse yourself into the story,

I loved how the characters acted normal even though Peter was a famous movie star. He was down to earth. The style of writing appealed to me, and I will look for more books by this author.

Well narrated, clean and clear. Michael Dean is always a joy to listen to.

Solstice Surprise
By: Gabbi Grey
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Series: Catch a Tiger by the Tail
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins


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I received this audiobook for free from GRR, and my review is my opinion and an honest review.

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  • Trio
  • 09-11-21

Heartfelt and Very Well Done

Gabbi Grey’s Solstice Surprise is the sequel to Peter and Thomas’ romance, which begins in Catch a Tiger by the Tail. You definitely need to read these two in order.

It’s about a year later and Peter and Thomas are happily married. Thomas has a few issues to resolve with his family, and the couple are visiting his hometown for the holidays. Gabbi Grey paints a lovely picture of this idyllic Canadian town, and it’s nice to see the couple enjoying some time off together.

I don’t want to give away the “surprise” in this novel, but as an adopted person I really enjoy stories that center around folks who are desperately anticipating this kind of event. I have to say, Ms. Grey’s does a fantastic job with this aspect of the story. Thomas and Peter's emotions are heartfelt and genuine, and there are some very emotional scenes.

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  • L.D.
  • 09-11-21

A Sweet Christmas Journey

Solstice Surprise is the direct sequel to Catch A Tiger by the Tail. Peter, a movie star actor, and Thomas, a production assistant, are happily married and taking the next steps in their lives. When the unexpected happens, the two men will make a mad dash across the country to get back home for a special surprise. This book was short but sweet. I really liked seeing the next stage in Peter and Thomas’ relationship, and the Christmas journey was suspenseful but heartwarming.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael Dean who did a fantastic job. Michael voiced the characters very well, and it was easy to follow along in the story. I really enjoyed the story and audiobook.

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 09-10-21

Putting The Past Behind Them.

MM Contemporary, Age gap, romance, Guaranteed HEA. This is the second book featuring these likeable characters. Great to meet the main characters again, to see the love they have for each other and get to see them get their HEA. Michael Dean did a great job narrating their story.