Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Publisher: Purple Sword Publications
Date published: November 17th,2010
ISBN: 978-1-936-165-64-3
Contemporary Paranormal M/M
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Author

When Lyndon, a cougar shifter, finds a hurt wolf near his cabin, he thinks nothing of bringing it back to his cabin to nurse back to health. But Lyndon doesn’t expect the wolf to turn into a beautiful man, one with deep hurts whenever he looks at Lyndon. But Lyndon is patient and kind and soon Jason begins to trust this gentle giant, showing him how healing love can be. Can these two find a way to make their Christmas love last longer than the snow on the ground?

Diana DiRicci pens a tale that will leave you hankering for more. The writing was descriptive, the story flowed nicely and the magic of Christmas comes through as this author tells a tale of a wounded wolf shifter who finds peace and the strength to love again with a cougar shifter. The background was stunning; you could feel the snow on your face as did Jason when he got enough courage to leave the confines of the cabin. The way this author captured the soul deep wounds of Jason will leave tears in your eyes. Jason is a character that had me wanting to cuddle him close, murmuring it’s going to be ok. It is a delight to see the spitfire he is when he banishes the ghosts of his past and lets Lyndon show him how healing love can be.

The characters Lyndon and Jason are well written andcapture your heart and leave you with a smile in the end. Ms. DiRicci knows when to let her characters shine and in FIRST CHRISTMAS, we see how patience, love and Christmas miracles play a part in healing a young man’s heart and soul. Lyndon and Jason are very relatable, even if you are not a shifter, and I found them to be quite charming. Lyndon is a gentle giant of a cougar shifter who knows how to show patience, understanding and love towards Jason, a wounded wolf shifter-both in heart, body and mind. The connection these two forge is strong and very heartening. You could see how Jason opens up, blooms and learns to trust himself and Lyndon while being snowed in together. That alone had me sighing in pleasure and then the sparks that fly between the two once Jason feels comfortable with his rescuer was hot and sweet at the same time. It fit the story perfectly.

FIRST CHRISTMAS is one special holiday story that I hope Ms. DiRicci comes back to in the future. I would love to know more on these characters and their life together. Celebrate the season with FIRST CHRISTMAS and settle in for a few hours of reading pleasure.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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