Title: Merry Gentlemen
Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Rating: C List
Blurb: ’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.
Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.
The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.
Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.
As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.
Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.
Review: This was a nice, funny story to put us in the Christmas spirit.
Stan and Riley are in different places in their lives, sometimes love is not enough and we have to part ways with the one we love because we think we need something different from what they can offer us.
This is the case with these two. Five years ago, Stan made a decision that made him happy in one way but cost him the love of his life.
Riley is still convinced that Stan abandoned him because he fell out of love.
When they meet again, their first encounters are filled with anger, resentment, the connection is lost between them…or is it?
As the days go by, they get to spend time together and go back to their goofy ways, sex is a fun, playful interaction, the gull dilemma is a bit too much, but still funny.
And without realizing things change, what once was important maybe is not so much.
So you finally find out what you need to be happy is just right there, but is going away again; it is time for Riley to decide with his heart and put those ambitions aside.
Maybe I would have liked more romance, but it was light on the feelings. Still it was an entertaining read, I liked the way these two had with each other, seeing them going back to their roles and routine like they never left it.
They belong together, even if it takes a while for Ri to let go of his old ways and follow his heart, there is only one place for Riley and it is beside Stan.
Reviewed by Connie