Length: 40,000 approx.
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
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.
I admit it… I love Christmas stories. Bring on the over the top sweet and fluff and wrap me up in a warm blanket with some hot chocolate and a fire with Christmas music playing in the background. You know all they typical tropes and clichés from every Hallmark movie ever. I love it all and I’m not afraid to admit it. I also have to admit being a tad surprised when I found out Garrett Leigh was writing a Christmas book. Oh it’s not because she’s not wholly capable. But let’s be honest and say light and sweet are not what most think of when you mention Garrett Leigh! I will also say that Hometown Christmas was everything you’d expect from her, and also a whole lot more.
Yani and Gavin meet while working at a homeless shelter. Well Gavin works there as the night supervisor while Yani is a mostly unwilling volunteer thanks to some guilting and begging from his best friend, Bex. Yani is a chef and his skills get called upon to help feed the homeless that frequent the shelter. Gavin is an extra-special forces soldier who is back home after an injury ended his military career. The PTSD he suffers from as a result from his service makes it difficult for him to get close to anyone, until of course he and Yani cross paths. Their immediate connection is intense and the chemistry between the two leaps off the page, but it feels authentic and genuine and not the least bit forced. Gavin’s calm demeanor soothes Yani's OCD tendencies and Yani brings a bit of light and joy to Gavin’s normally mundane and serious life. I really enjoyed the slow burn romance between these two!
Though Leigh touches on some serious subjects throughout Hometown Christmas, there is plenty of hope and warmth to put you in the holiday spirit. The wonderful cameos by Nat and Mark and Connor and Jamie didn’t hurt either! And don’t let me forget to mention the food! So much food, and it’s all described in Garrett’s trademark way that’s never too much but the perfect amount to convey her obvious love of cooking. I highly recommend checking out Hometown Christmas. It’s the perfect blend of swoony and romantic and it will surely put you in the mood for the holidays!
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.
Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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