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A London Lads Story
A secret affair can’t go on forever.
Dylan Philips admits it himself: he’s a relentlessly single man in a small suburban town, both proud of and resigned to being a good teacher and a devoted nephew to his mischievous great-aunts.
When the aunts take a hand in matchmaking him with Josie Whitman, the girl who lives along the street, Dylan doesn’t tell them what kind of soul mate he’s really looking for—and the fact that he’s already found the man in question. It’s not Josie who’s travelling from London every month to her town property, but her journalist brother Neal. And Dylan meets up with Neal whenever he can.
But decisions must be made for their future. Dylan is risk-averse to everything from overseas travel to coming out, whereas Neal embraces adventure—and now he wants to take Dylan with him.
Horrified that his chance at love will move even further out of his reach, Dylan realises it’s time for him to own up to what kind of man he really is. He needs to find courage and compromise. And who knows whether the great-aunts will be a help or a hindrance with that?
First Edition published as A Good Neighbor by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2009.
This is a steamy short story that is a perfect pick me up for an afternoon read. I loved the aunts the most but who couldn’t with their sassy attitude and love of cake. I felt they were in cahoots together when it came to Dylan.
I felt for Dylan and the fear he was experiencing when it came to his life in a small town, losing all the things he loves most. Neal is the complete opposite of Dylan. He loves adventure and traveling. Dylan has never left his small suburban town. Neal is passion, Dylan is contentment. But together they fit. Now it’s up to those around Dylan to make him see what he has to lose and it’s not what he thinks.
The writing was great with the humor and hot & sexy but also strong emotions between the two characters. Like with all short stories, especially ones that I love, I wanted more and knew that this author could knock this out of the park given the time to build the world around Dylan and show us the adventurous Neal.
Overall it was a sweet, sexy, and funny story that I think everyone should read.
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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
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