Length: 40,000 approx.
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Yani Nicolaou is sworn off love for good. After fleeing a bad break-up in London, the only blood, sweat, and tears he has left are for his gyro stall at the Christmas market. Rebound fling? No thanks. He’s sticking to one-night-stands.
Ex-army vet Gavin Richie has even less capacity for romance. Managing a homeless shelter while recovering from injury keeps him far too busy. So what if he’s often alone? He’s content being single, or so he thinks until a chance meeting lights a spark he can’t ignore.
Yani is the warmth and affection Gavin hadn’t known he was missing. As Christmas lights up the city, their lives entwine in more ways than one. Falling for each other is easy. Holding on is harder, unless a hometown Christmas proves their love can last longer than the festive season.
4 of 5 Stars
While reading the story and being introduced to Gavin ‘Wedge’ Richie’s friends I figured out he must have been featured in another series (one couple is from Between Ghosts and another is from (Soul to Keep) but this can definitely be read as a standalone. At the end of the story I also learned Yani is from the Urban Soul series, but I only read book one in that series and don’t remember him.
This is a quick read…and although it does take place over the holidays it’s not a lighthearted, fluffy tale. This is a story wrought with PTSD, OCD, relationship carnage and homelessness. I love how Gavin has experience with OCD and is able to handle when Yani is suffering through symptoms that seem to make him shutdown in the relationship without there being a miscommunication or lack of communication. Their romance is slow building as they become friends first and then lovers. However, they do have an immediate spark making their first and second meetings crackle with electricity.
My only complaint is I wish it had been a bit longer…I would like more of these two together but it’s a great read nonetheless. And I’m definitely going to go back and read about the other two couples from Gavin’s past!
About the Author
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.