By 1816, widowed bookseller Lawrence Fenton has spent a lonely lifetime hiding who he is. He has convinced himself his feelings for his far too young, gorgeous, but troubled assistant Christy Shaw are nothing more than pride in his protégé and concern for his plight.
Christy’s life involves walking fine lines: one between his mother and his abusive stepfather, one where he must keep his needs hidden, and hardest of all, one where he must keep his feelings for his serious employer to himself.
Lame since birth, Lawrence cannot imagine anyone wanting him, least of all Christy. But when Christy’s life threatens to spiral out of control, Lawrence steps in. Then Christy’s emotions spill over into a kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas. Will Lawrence be able to face the long-buried truth about himself and keep Christy by his side?
Review by Lucy: Christy has a job he loves in a bookstore owned by Mr. Lawrence Fenton. He has an abusive stepfather and can’t convince his mother to leave him, so he works and turns over money to them, gets abused by him and tries to watch out for his mother. I loved Christy, who despite it all remains optimistic and hopeful about the future. He doesn’t share a lot of information with Mr Fenton, but Mr. Fenton sees what’s happening and makes sure Christy has clothes for work, food to eat and a place to work.
Things go from bad to worse because of stepfather, March, who seriously I wanted to smack. I was so upset by Christy’s mother, staying in a relationship like that, even as I know it’s so common. Christy ends up losing his room and gets severely beaten because of that man.
The best part of this is Lawrence and Christy, who look out for each other and care even as they aren’t sure the other is receptive. When Christy has nothing, it is Lawrence who makes sure he can eat. When March causes trouble at the shop, outing Lawrence to the customers, it is Christy who picks up the pieces. They are just there for each other. It was lucky Christy took that chance with the mistletoe.
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Ruby lives in Lancashire in the northwest of England. All through school she was told she would never get anywhere if she didn’t stop daydreaming. Eventually it occurred to her to write down the daydreams, and voilà! The beautiful men in her head came to life. Ruby writes historical and contemporary gay romance but has a definite weakness for handsome men in billowing white shirts, breeches, and cravats. Oh, and she loves tea. Lots of tea.
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