Title: Merry Gentlemen
Author: Josephine Myles
Release Date: November 2nd 2017
Page Count: 189
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.
Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.
The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.
Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.
As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.
Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.
First of all let me tell you that if you think that Riley is overreacting about the seagull, you ‘re WRONG! Urban gulls are evil, sneaky bastards. I have evidence.
This is a low-angst second chance, Christmas story. Sweet, sexy, funny and authentically British.
Myles has a unique ability to turn what could be an angst ladden story, to something funny that can still hits you in the feels without gutting you. Merry Gentlemen is no exception.
Riley and Stan meet and reunite after 5 years. But what broke them apart 5 years ago, is still standing in the way of them getting together. Riley is a city boy through and through, but Stan is not willing to spend another day away from his home in the woods.
The resolution to that conflict satisfied me very much, although I couldn’t see how it was going to work out at first.
I ‘ve been lucky to have visited the city of Bath myself, and I loved the sense of place in this book.
Overall, I definitely urge you to add this to your Christmas to-read shelf!