Yani Nicolaou is sworn off love for good. After fleeing a bad break-up in London, the only blood, sweat, and tears he has left are for his gyro stall at the Christmas market. Rebound fling? No thanks. He’s sticking to one-night-stands.
Ex-army vet Gavin Richie has even less capacity for romance. Managing a homeless shelter while recovering from injury keeps him far too busy. So what if he’s often alone? He’s content being single, or so he thinks until a chance meeting lights a spark he can’t ignore.
Yani is the warmth and affection Gavin hadn’t known he was missing. As Christmas lights up the city, their lives entwine in more ways than one. Falling for each other is easy. Holding on is harder, unless a hometown Christmas proves their love can last longer than the festive season.
One of the things I love about Garrett Leigh‘s books is that they are unapologetically British. The slang, the cursing, the food, the wide spectrum of nationalities. It is just so fun and refreshing. It really brings me into that world instead of “Americanizing” all of the language and white washing the characters. And it gives me fun new curse words for my arsenal.
Yani and Gavin were each minor characters in previous books and when they meet now- sparks fly. Their one night stand turns into more, but no feelings. The dreaded FEELINGS! Ha. There are feelings everywhere.
I loved that even after they had a sexual encounter and couldn’t stop thinking about each other, instead of immediately getting naked again, they take the time to get to know each other. Including sleeping in the same bed but only kissing. Swoony sweet.
They basically work opposite hours at different jobs, but make the time to see each other when they can. And fall for each other a little more each time.
So after the first hot and heavy, it turned into a slow burn. But it was totally worth it.
A great Christmas story with a sweet love story.
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