A Good Neighbour (London Lads #3)

Title: A Good Neighbour (London Lads #3) (Second Edition)
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 60
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

A secret affair can’t go on forever.

Dylan Philips admits it himself: he’s a relentlessly single man in a small suburban town, both proud of and resigned to being a good teacher and a devoted nephew to his mischievous great-aunts.

When the aunts take a hand in matchmaking him with Josie Whitman, the girl who lives along the street, Dylan doesn’t tell them what kind of soul mate he’s really looking for—and the fact that he’s already found the man in question. It’s not Josie who’s travelling from London every month to her town property, but her journalist brother Neal. And Dylan meets up with Neal whenever he can.

But decisions must be made for their future. Dylan is risk-averse to everything from overseas travel to coming out, whereas Neal embraces adventure—and now he wants to take Dylan with him.

Horrified that his chance at love will move even further out of his reach, Dylan realises it’s time for him to own up to what kind of man he really is. He needs to find courage and compromise. And who knows whether the great-aunts will be a help or a hindrance with that?

First Edition published as “A Good Neighbor” by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2009.

Dylan’s beloved great-aunts Mitzi and Bess have their eye on Josie Whitman the girl next door with the “pretty dark looks” as the perfect mate for the 30-year-old Dylan. “She’d look a real treat standing beside you, Dylan. Something to offset that sickly pale look of yours.” However, Josie’s brother Neal – with strong dark features, a hard flat chest, broad shoulders and a delicious cock – is really more Dylan’s type. The two men have been secretly seeing each other as often as they can. Travelling journalist Neal tries to see Dylan:

“Every damned month, right?” His voice was low and hoarse, even though we couldn’t be overheard. “If it’s humanly possible—wherever the hell I am—I’ll get here. I don’t want to miss it. Miss this. You know I don’t.”

So why is their relationship secret? Because reasons on Dylan’s part (which don’t make much sense IMHO) which are quickly resolved over tea and cake. I liked Dylan and Neal and their absolutely combustible chemistry, but the conflict was very much “a tempest in a tea cup” and the ending felt rushed. A sweet story, but a bit too short (60 pages total, with book blurbs for the last 14 pages, so really only 46 pages).

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