Malachi Keogh finds himself in a job he neither wanted nor asked for when his father, boss of Sydney’s postal service, sends him to the end of the business line, aka The Dead Letter Office. Malachi expects tedious and boring but instead discovers a warehouse with a quirky bunch of misfit co-workers, including a stoic and nerdy boss, Julian Pollard.
Malachi’s intrigued by Julian at first, and he soon learns there’s more to the man than his boring clothes of beige, tan, and brown; a far cry from Malachi’s hot pink, lilac, and electric blue. Where Julian is calm and ordered, Malachi is chaos personified, but despite their outward differences, there’s an immediate chemistry between them that sends Malachi’s head—and heart—into a spin.
To keep his father happy, Malachi needs to keep this job. He also needs to solve the mystery of the pile of old letters that sits in Julian’s office and maybe get to the bottom of what makes Julian tick. Like everything that goes through the mail centre, only time will tell if Malachi has found his intended destination or if he’ll find himself returned to sender.
#gayromance #forbiddenlove #oppositesattract #comedy
Something to know about me. I am pretty much a stickler about putting my book down at 11pm to go to sleep. Especially on a work night. But I SERIOUSLY contemplated staying up an other 90 minutes to finish it. I didn’t, which ultimately I got to enjoy this newest NR Walker for 2 nights rather than one, but it was close.
I adore quirky characters who just own who they are. Malachi is that guy. He is kind of aimless, never being able to stick with a job. Usually out of boredom, although his most recent firing was for a pretty spectacular reason. Anyway. This time his father gets him a job in what everyone calls the Dead Letter Department, but that isn’t the official name. Malachi doesn’t hold out hope that he will like it there, but he will try. For at least a day.
It cracked me up because Malachi knows that he doesn’t want to sit at a desk and doesn’t want to deal with customers. I totally get that!!! He just wasn’t made for it.
Surprisingly, he actually LIKES his job. And most of the employees and especially his boss Julian. There is some heavy flirting on Malachi’s side- which is mostly not knowing when to shut up or use a filter of any kind. It is both adorable and hilarious. There is also a mystery pile of letters that has never been delivered- probably because there is no address- for 40 years.
This is definitely a slow burn. What what a fun slow burn it is. Julian just likes and appreciates Malachi for who he is. And even though Julian is not his type at all, Malachi is completely drawn to him. And the mystery letters.
All of the other employees are just as fun and quirky and one of them probably isn’t a serial killer and they all genuinely like each other. It’s kind of amazing. An entire story with no fights, no misunderstandings, no giant break ups over something stupid. They were NORMAL people who were just unique but found their place in this world and the perfect job for them.
The mystery letters are just swoony and heartbreaking all at once. I was so nervous about the outcome of the mystery, but as always, NR Walker brought it to a completely perfect conclusion.
I loved it so much, I am giving it the very rare 5 pieces of eye candy.