Sometimes love comes when you least expect or want it.
Magnus Carlsen is determined to grow old disgracefully. At fifty-two, he doesn’t believe in keeping anything. Men, sofas, books—everything gets jettisoned, eventually. He’s divided his life into happy compartments. A successful trial lawyer, he spends his days lecturing jurors, exasperating judges, and striding arrogantly around courtrooms. He fills his nights with a parade of handsome young men who want to make him happy. Why date someone his own age to discuss back pain, retirement-planning, and corns, when he can date men who don’t care to discuss anything at all?
However, when one of these sunny young men shows an inclination for dramatic scenes, Magnus meets his new neighbour. And his whole world implodes.
Laurie Gentry is nearly the same age as Magnus, but that’s where the similarity ends. He’s messy and creative and nosy and mysterious. He’s everything that Magnus has spent a lifetime avoiding. So, why can’t he get Laurie out of his head?
Luckily, Laurie is only in London for the summer. Magnus can uncover Laurie’s mysteries and indulge their annoyingly hot attraction, and Laurie will be gone before complications arise. A few months isn’t long enough to lose his heart. Is it?
From bestselling author, Lily Morton comes a romantic comedy about two footloose older men and how one summer in London brings something quite beautifully unexpected into their lives.
I come back out to find him examining a picture on the wall. It’s a six-foot landscape of the Danish coast done in sepia tones. “This is so good,” he says. “Your mum?”
I nod. “She gave it to me when I was twenty-one.”
He whistles. “Nice present.”
“I’d have preferred a motorbike,” I inform him. He gapes at me and I wave my hand. “Shall we?”
He peeps through the open door of my study at the mess of papers on the desk. “We definitely should.”
We leave the flat, and, as I lock the door, he leans against the wall watching me. “You seem busy,” he observes.
“I have a trial starting on Monday. I’m just getting a few things straight in my head.”
“Are you nervous?”
I look at him incredulously. “No.”
We walk towards the lift. “You thrive on your job, don’t you?” he says.
I shrug. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”
“Even living in such an artistic world? Your dad was a poet laureate and your mum a painter. Being a barrister is such a departure.”
“I was the shame of the family,” I say solemnly. “My mother was so embarrassed when I got my law degree that she wouldn’t tell anyone what I did for ages. She thought I should be doing something creative, so she’d tell people rather vaguely that I did something with paper. Half of her circle were convinced I was an origami expert.” He laughs. “It is true. I still get handed paper and asked to make a swan.” I consider that. “The only thing worse would have been if I became a policeman. But then I’d have had to arrest half of her boyfriends.”
“Did she have many?”
We walk out of the building into the sunshine, and I slide my Ray-Bans down over my eyes. “Define many.”
He starts to laugh. “Ouch!”
“Usually at this point, a man would be full of sympathy for me.”
“I’m not most men,” he informs me truthfully. “Anyway, that’s a lie. Your young men would probably be pretending to listen to you while wondering which knot to tie on their genital decorations.”
“You could be right,” I say slowly. “Good grief, I always thought they were interested.”
“Probably just bored into submission,” he says in a comforting tone.
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Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!
She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.