By Quarry Lake

By Quarry Lake
Title:By Quarry Lake
Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Still waters run deep…

Tommy’s been away from his home in rural Somerset for three years. Long enough to sort out who he is, and to get over the feelings of confusion and shame that blighted his lifelong friendship with farmer’s boy Rob. He’s out and proud, now—and he’s coming home to claim back what he lost.

Rob’s the one who stayed behind, working on the farm with little time for a social life. With Tommy coming back into his world, he could have a lot to gain—and everything to lose.

He’s going to have to take a leap of faith. Straight into the ice cold waters of Quarry Lake.

This story was originally published in 2013 as part of the Summer Lovin’ anthology.

This was lovely! Exactly what I ‘ve come to expect from Jo Myles. Short but funny, sexy, with the right amount of feels

“Tommy increased his pace. The thought of slipping into the cold water, having it kiss his skin all over, made him shiver with longing. That was
what he needed. Everything would make sense again in the water. He knew it.


Everything revolves around Quarry Lake. This is where Tommy and Rob used to play when they were kids. The lake cave was their secret spot and now Rob’s safe place. This is where Tommy meets Rob again, after years of radio silence. And this is where Tommy broke Rob’s heart (and face) three years ago.

It took a while for Tommy to accept himself and embrace his sexuality. But he never forgot what he left behind, and now he’s back to claim it. I loved how straightforward he was. He wants Rob to be his boyfriend, period.

Rob was such a sweet character. I loved how kind-hearted and gentle he was. He’s also a virgin!

I really loved the writing in this one. It just flows and it’s so evocative and…simple at the same time. The first time Tommy and Rob make love is truly amazing.

“He was adding this [making love] to list of things he’d
never grow tired of. It was a short and simple list, and if he played his cards right, he could keep everything on it. Freshly baked bread, wind in the long grass, the babbling of the river, and now this. Tommy. Loving him.

And Rob, loving him right back.

Very beautiful short story about coming back home and to your first love. Recommended!

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