Length: 19,598 words
Cover Design: Tibbs Design
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
London Lads Series
He's also dreading having to apologise for the pass he recently made at Will, his colleague at a London bank, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. Now Will's been offered a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, Garry realises it may be the end of their close friendship-let alone anything more.
To add to Garry's stress, he's treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he's encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey heíd really like them to take together.
Heavy on the sweet and cute, this story was a fun, quick read that had me grinning at the kids’ remarkably precocious insights. Sometimes you just need others to point out the obvious to you, and Max and Emily did this for Garry in their adorable way while serving as a distraction from the huge delay of Will’s flight.
For the majority of the story, we don’t get to see Garry and Will together except for a few flashbacks; most of the plot centers on the kids Garry meets chatting with him and essentially helping him work out his thoughts about his best friend. I thought Emily’s word switches were funny, and I was trying to work them out right along with Garry.
While I wish there would have been more on-page time between Garry and Will, this story was more focused on Garry figuring things out for himself (with a bit of prompting by the kids) so it was like a mini self-discovery. Between A Rock and A Hard Place was a 4-star read for me, and is a good way to spend an hour or two when you want to read something light and sweet…with a tiny bit of spice thrown in at the end. Even though it’s short and sweet, there's still enough adult language and some sexual content that would make this book for readers 18+.
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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