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Kris Starr used to be famous. Rock and roll. Sold-out shows. Literal magic. Empathic talents and screaming fans. But he has a problem or two. He's having a hard time writing new music. It's Midwinter, which means he's surrounded by depressing holiday cheer. And he's in love with Justin, his manager, who has a talent for rescuing almost- or once-famous bands ... and who's Kris Starr used to be famous. Rock and roll. Sold-out shows. Literal magic. Empathic talents and screaming fans. But he has a problem or two. He's having a hard time writing new music. It's Midwinter, which means he's surrounded by depressing holiday cheer. And he's in love with Justin, his manager, who has a talent for rescuing almost- or once-famous bands ... and who's hiding secrets of his own. Justin Moore, on the other hand, is very good at keeping those secrets -- he's had to be for years. One secret involves a demonic inheritance that would make him a target of suspicion. Another involves his past. And the third involves Justin's feelings for Kris Starr, rock and roll icon and now his client ... and a powerful empath of his own.


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Kris Starr used to be famous. Rock and roll. Sold-out shows. Literal magic. Empathic talents and screaming fans. But he has a problem or two. He's having a hard time writing new music. It's Midwinter, which means he's surrounded by depressing holiday cheer. And he's in love with Justin, his manager, who has a talent for rescuing almost- or once-famous bands ... and who's Kris Starr used to be famous. Rock and roll. Sold-out shows. Literal magic. Empathic talents and screaming fans. But he has a problem or two. He's having a hard time writing new music. It's Midwinter, which means he's surrounded by depressing holiday cheer. And he's in love with Justin, his manager, who has a talent for rescuing almost- or once-famous bands ... and who's hiding secrets of his own. Justin Moore, on the other hand, is very good at keeping those secrets -- he's had to be for years. One secret involves a demonic inheritance that would make him a target of suspicion. Another involves his past. And the third involves Justin's feelings for Kris Starr, rock and roll icon and now his client ... and a powerful empath of his own.

30 review for A Demon for Midwinter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gail Carriger

    I adored this book. It was sweet and charming. It's set in a fun urban fantasy world, although I would definitely call it gay paranormal romance. It's nice to see solid worldbuilding in a PNR. It has some tropes I love (May/December romance, hidden identity) and some I tend to avoid (rockstar). I'm not sure why I still gave this a try but I am really glad I did. One of those where I spent the second half of the book grinning like an idiot. I adored this book. It was sweet and charming. It's set in a fun urban fantasy world, although I would definitely call it gay paranormal romance. It's nice to see solid worldbuilding in a PNR. It has some tropes I love (May/December romance, hidden identity) and some I tend to avoid (rockstar). I'm not sure why I still gave this a try but I am really glad I did. One of those where I spent the second half of the book grinning like an idiot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    I could not stop smiling while reading this M/M age gap rock star urban fantasy romance - and I was sick at the time! That's how warm and fuzzy it is! It begins when Kris Starr, bisexual projective empath and washed-up rock singer, realizes with a start that he's fallen in love with his manager, Justin Moore, who is the cutest and most adorable and kindest and Kris just wants to touch his hair and make him happy forever. This plan hits a snag when Kris finds out that Justin has a boyfriend. A je I could not stop smiling while reading this M/M age gap rock star urban fantasy romance - and I was sick at the time! That's how warm and fuzzy it is! It begins when Kris Starr, bisexual projective empath and washed-up rock singer, realizes with a start that he's fallen in love with his manager, Justin Moore, who is the cutest and most adorable and kindest and Kris just wants to touch his hair and make him happy forever. This plan hits a snag when Kris finds out that Justin has a boyfriend. A jerk boyfriend. But when Justin's biggest secret comes out, he turns to Kris for support. And Kris works so hard to be there for Justin! He has zero experience with a real relationship, but he asks friends for help when he doesn't know something, and he properly prioritizes Justin's needs over his own wants. It's two people connecting who are huge fans of each other for all the right reasons. The world-building is also fascinating, a "contemporary" world so different from our own, where everyone has at least a little magic talent and the existence of parallel magical realms is a given. Content warnings: Domestic violence, being outed in the press. If you read this and like it, you should know there are three follow-up stories as well! Two are about Kris and Justin. The other, Lightning in a Bottle, is one of my FAVE short stories, though I don't know how well it would work if you don't already know Kris and Justin. A songwriter pining for the lead singer of his band, a little encouragement to share his feelings... so sweet! And the author's note at the end that says it's not an epilogue is one of my favorite epilogues in romance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for when I picked up this book, but the blurb was intriguing enough to have me interested, so even though I’d never read this author before, I was happy to give it a try. It fit in well with Paranormal Week, considering this is a near realistic world in which all sorts of creatures and psychic abilities are common place. There was a lyrical poeticism to the book that worked really well and the author has created two likeable and A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for when I picked up this book, but the blurb was intriguing enough to have me interested, so even though I’d never read this author before, I was happy to give it a try. It fit in well with Paranormal Week, considering this is a near realistic world in which all sorts of creatures and psychic abilities are common place. There was a lyrical poeticism to the book that worked really well and the author has created two likeable and believable characters…for all that they are supernatural. The world building is solid and immersive. I enjoyed both Justin and Kris, though we definitely get to know Kris better as this story his told solely through his third person narration. I loved the journey he went on and watching the way he viewed the world slowly change and evolve. It wasn’t all because of Justin, but more that he wanted to be a person worthy of Justin. I really enjoyed the realness that laced this entire story. The two MCs had insane chemistry together, and that, more than anything else, made this a good read. Their banter is fun and playful and they balance each other nicely. They support one another, though definitely Justin ends up needing it more as the story goes on. And there was a great slow build toward their relationship, first them becoming solid friends and then so much more. I actually liked the slower pace of this—especially given things that happen to Justin—so on the relationship end, it worked really well. Read Kris’ review in its entirety here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    E.M. Hamill

    Adorable! I loved every second of this rock-n-roll romance about a fading rock star and his younger manager. It was absolutely sweet and I went out and bought all the short stories right after because I wasn't ready to let go of Kris and Justin. Lovely. Adorable! I loved every second of this rock-n-roll romance about a fading rock star and his younger manager. It was absolutely sweet and I went out and bought all the short stories right after because I wasn't ready to let go of Kris and Justin. Lovely.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lena Grey

    “Keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness and communication is the key to love.” ~ Laura Esquivel It is not possible to live a fulfilling life if you have to hide a huge part of who you are. Justin Moore, of 'A Demon for Midwinter', is living a double life. It's not that he's gay, but it is still something he thinks will ruin his life and career if it comes to light. Unless Justin finds someone with whom he feels secure enough to share his secret, he will never be happy. Kris Starr depends “Keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness and communication is the key to love.” ~ Laura Esquivel It is not possible to live a fulfilling life if you have to hide a huge part of who you are. Justin Moore, of 'A Demon for Midwinter', is living a double life. It's not that he's gay, but it is still something he thinks will ruin his life and career if it comes to light. Unless Justin finds someone with whom he feels secure enough to share his secret, he will never be happy. Kris Starr depends on Justin for just about everything. Technically Justin is in public relations and promotion of his record company, but, in truth, he's Kris's personal assistant, aka babysitter, constantly keeping him from or getting him out of trouble. He is attracted to Justin but tries not to think of him in a romantic way. He works with Justin, Kris is terrible at relationships, and Justin is fifteen years younger. Lately Justin's age is even more of a problem, because Kris is feeling terribly old, wondering if he has lost his ability to write and sing songs. Kris needs inspiration but does not intend to use anyone to get it. As much as Justin tries to cheer him up, it doesn't help. Even though it's close to Midwinter when everyone is supposed to be full of good cheer, Kris is determined to be pessimistic. Kris decides he needs to apologize to Justin for his bad behavior the last time they were together. Kris goes into the building he hates, to Justin's office carrying a delicious drink, one he knows is his favorite. Justin is pleasantly surprised and they begin a conversation. While Kris is there, Justin's current boyfriend, David, comes in. Kris doesn't like him from the start; not just because he cares about Justin. Kris can see, from the short time he's there, that David is overbearing, controlling, condescending, and not at all the kind of person that sweet Justin deserves. Not that he is, but Kris would never treat him that way. Later, when Kris and Justin are alone, working on music, Kris, feeling protective, asks Justin how he feels about David and his fears are confirmed. Everything is David's way or no way at all. Justin is stressed because David is pushing him to move in with him and Justin doesn't want to. Kris is disconcerted with this information and warns Justin of the danger of being with someone so aggressive; he fears David's anger may become escalated and, in that case, Justin will be his target. Justin tries to reassure Kris, telling him that David has never resorted to physical violence. Kris has no choice but to accept his decision. This is all well and good, until Justin literally pops into Kris's living room bruised and bleeding. Kris is ready to do bodily harm to David, who is taking over more of Kris's heart every day. I have to say that this book is nothing like I thought it would be from the cover; it was so much more than I expected. Instead of a dark story about frightening entities, it was an endearing love story, although a bit offbeat. K.L. has created an amazing alternate world where it's Wintertide instead of Christmas, although with the same trimmings (like presents), Wintertide music, family gatherings, etc. It's familiar, yet it is not. In this world, magic is a normal thing with certain people having it and others not. Fantastical individuals are everywhere doing extraordinary things, which makes the book super interesting and unpredictable. I loved the slow burn between Kris and Justin as they overcame their own baggage and learned to trust themselves as well as each other. Thanks, K.L., for a creative, entertaining story that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you like alternate worlds with imaginative settings, demons, unicorns, elves, empaths, and love, you may enjoy this story as well. NOTE: This book was provided by JMS Books for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Read this because of a recommendation from a friend. This book on the whole was very charming. It's all told from the point of view of Kris, who discovers to his dismay that he's fallen for his younger manager, Justin. After Justin suffers domestic abuse for revealing his secret, Kris supports Justin to recovery, making them both better men in the process. I liked the way the author showed how Kris changed over the story, from dwelling on feeling like a washed-up has-been to his feelings of overf Read this because of a recommendation from a friend. This book on the whole was very charming. It's all told from the point of view of Kris, who discovers to his dismay that he's fallen for his younger manager, Justin. After Justin suffers domestic abuse for revealing his secret, Kris supports Justin to recovery, making them both better men in the process. I liked the way the author showed how Kris changed over the story, from dwelling on feeling like a washed-up has-been to his feelings of overflowing love. It was poetic and ebullient. The thing I did not like about this novel was that it needed editing. Small things here and there could have been cleaned up for easy of reading. The big thing, though, was that the author had no sense of scene breaks. I didn't need to read 10K+ chapters without a single scene break in them. That's mentally tiresome even if I am enjoying the story. The things that bothered me may not bother others, and in general this was an enjoyable romance.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I don't remember the last time I feel so hard and so fast for any characters before. It took less then twenty pages for Justin and Kris to rocket up there into the top ten of my favourites. This book has it all, the fantasy world of magic and demons, set in the modern times in my favourite city of New York. It has rock 'n' roll and a passion for writing (character AND author). It has gentle kink and an explosion of love and feelings. It has drama but it also has strong characters and long convers I don't remember the last time I feel so hard and so fast for any characters before. It took less then twenty pages for Justin and Kris to rocket up there into the top ten of my favourites. This book has it all, the fantasy world of magic and demons, set in the modern times in my favourite city of New York. It has rock 'n' roll and a passion for writing (character AND author). It has gentle kink and an explosion of love and feelings. It has drama but it also has strong characters and long conversations. I loved everything about this book and I'm such a fangirl for Kris and Justin now!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Syral

    Rock and roll and feelings Great characters, both main and supporting. I loved almost all of them. Very fun, in-depth world. I really enjoyed how the story progressed and how the relationship grew. Well written and penguins are indeed cute.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Wonerful read I read this in bits and peices on-line as it was being written and I loved it. Getting to read the story polished and complete was great. Its a world just a half a step off from ours where as it turns out just about anything is possible.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Light, charming paranormal romance. Very enjoyable, not too much angst or melodrama, just enough to keep things entertaining.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Delightful. Loved both characters (and Justin's family and Kris's friends), loved the descriptions of the world with the emotive items and buildings (and Justin's hair!) Very happy with this. Delightful. Loved both characters (and Justin's family and Kris's friends), loved the descriptions of the world with the emotive items and buildings (and Justin's hair!) Very happy with this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Fun and just utterly joyful. Even the minor characters were delightful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marge

    Loved the character development and the love story. Loved Justin's family. Loved the character development and the love story. Loved Justin's family.

  14. 5 out of 5

    TinaMaria

    Sweet and Touching. Sweet and touching and left me feeling good. This one is good for the heart. I really loved it. Highly recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Greene

    A very original idea and world with a lovely romance!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

  20. 4 out of 5

    Qwen

  21. 4 out of 5

    K.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melyna

  23. 4 out of 5

    Li-li Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Indira Rivera

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lee

  26. 5 out of 5

    C'est

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sepia Reece

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zee♥

  30. 4 out of 5

    M.V.T. Wattenberg

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