NEW RELEASE REVIEW: Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Katie Porter

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Author: Katie Porter
Book: Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Series: 2017 Charity Holiday Bundle
Page/Word Count: 291, 71K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Blurb: Up-and-coming film producer Kyle Wakefield lives in the closet rather than risk the wrath of his influential, conservative parents. The only time he took a chance on love was a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. But when Nathan proved himself hell-bent on self-destruction and wound up in prison, Kyle closed off his heart.

Almost a decade later, Kyle’s production partner hires Nathan’s stunt company, Second Chances, to work on a big-budget action film in London. Nate is floored by his explosive reunion with Kyle. But he sure as hell isn’t surprised that Kyle still treats their mutual needs—and Nate—like dirty little secrets.

As the London holiday season casts its dazzling spell, the two men find themselves falling in love again. Kyle is one breathless kiss away from declaring himself to Nate—and to the world—but they cannot ignore secrets borne of youthful mistakes. To protect their bright new future, Kyle and Nathan will need all their passion and trust . . . and a little Christmas magic.

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Publisher’s note: This is a lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.

20% of all proceeds from this title will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.

Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this year’s collection will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.

The Russian LGBT network was founded in April 2006. It is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.

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This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:


4.5✨s – I had seen this title many times but never read it before this updated edition, and I like it very much! Second chance romance is a always a favorite of mine but Kyle and Nathan’s reunion doesn’t begin as a happy one. Kyle and Nathan were high school lovers, until Nathan ends up in jail for three years and Kyle has never understood why it happened. Nathan still resents Kyle and holds his still-closeted status against him. Getting answers and fighting, yet succumbing to their still fiery attraction, shapes the plot.

I really enjoyed the details of the movie making and the dynamics between Kyle and his friend and business partner Steph, the only one who knew he was gay. The tension and worry generated by the description of the stunt scenes was riveting. The London setting was marvelous and really gave me visions of the snowy, Christmas festooned city. What I didn’t like so much were the too frequent, often angry sex scenes and the lack of communication between the two men. Of course, if they had discussed things honestly, there wouldn’t be much of a book! Plus, I didn’t like Nathan’s near-contempt for Kyle not being out. Some of the sex scenes though, were off the charts hot and the connection and chemistry between Nathan and Kyle was undeniable.

It was a terrific story with several well drawn supporting roles, especially the arrogant director whom everyone wanted to smack. I also appreciated that it wasn’t any sort of cliché Christmas theme or sappy holiday love story, since I’m pretty much a Scrooge. It sparked with emotions, both good and bad and held my attention through every page. The editing seems to have updated only a few details, like changes to technology. It’s a HFN ending but with a level of certainty for an HEA. Highly recommended!

One last thing: this is part of Riptide’s Holiday Charity Bundle, supporting the Russian LGBT Network, helping citizens of Russia and the Chechen Republic. I’m sure we’ve all heard of the atrocities being committed in those countries. A very worthy cause.

About Katie Porter:
Katie Porter is the co-writing team of Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty, friends and critique partners of six years. Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie has an MA in history, while Lorelie is a US Army veteran.

Generally a high-strung masochist, Carrie loves weight training but she has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two girls are not appreciative.

Lorelie, a laid-back sadist, would rather grin maniacally when Carrie works out. Her three boys love how she screams like a little girl around spiders.

Where to find Katie Porter:

Katie Porter Amazon Author Page Katie Porter on Goodreads Katie Porter on Twitter Katie Porter Website

To celebrate the release of Came Upon a Midnight Clear, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 25, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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3 thoughts on “NEW RELEASE REVIEW: Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Katie Porter

  • November 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for the review.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  • November 23, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for the review!
    jlshannon74 at

  • November 25, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Congrats, Carrie and Lorelie, and thanks for the good review, Natalie. This sounds like a nice holiday story, and I particularly appreciate the charity donation associated with it. – Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com


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