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Holidays: Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles

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’Tis the season of goodwill to all men… even the one who dumped you.

Riley MacDermott is going places. 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 seagull.

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. Shame they can’t seem to manage a simple chat without arguing.

Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley wouldn’t hear of leaving 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 they can figure out a 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.

This Christmas story is certain to raise a laugh or at least raise a smile. Oh Riley, the extent of his broken heart comes through the page. I felt for him. Stan and Riley broke up five years ago. They both wanted different things. Stan needed to be out of the City but Riley could think of nothing worse than being stuck in the countryside. Riley has been put in charge of managing the annual Christmas market in Bath (UK) this year. (Made me want to go back, I haven’t been there for years.) Riley is such a fun character. His run in with the seagull had me chortling. I can absolutely see it happening, they can be aggressive birds around the English coast. By chance Stan has a stall at the market and they can’t avoid each other. I liked Stan a lot. He’s a strong character who knows what he needs to be happy. My word the posturing and misconceptions these two go through. Both as stubborn as each other. However there is still a chemistry between them and it doesn’t take long for things to get steamy. They are so good for each other I wanted to bang their heads together so they would sort out their differences. The secondary characters are solid. Riley’s has a very good friend in Janine. She talks sense to him and doesn’t take any nonsense. I loved the ending so very Riley.
I really like Josephine Myles style of writing and her sense of humour. This is my kind of Christmas story, such fun.

5 stars out of 5


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