Synopsis: Martyn inherits one half of an antiques shop from his uncle. Because of certain stipulations he cannot sell it on as planned but is forced to work together with the owner of the other half, Simon. Martyn and Simon, the son of the former partner of Martyn’s uncle, have known each other for a number of years, but never got along. In spite of the obvious dislike they have for each other, there was always a sexual attraction between them.
Review: I’ve stopped reading excerpts, so it came unexpected that the story is told from Martyn’s point of view in first person and in present tense. I am not a great fan of first person storytelling and the present tense is something I really had to get used to at first. Once I got into the story, however, it didn’t bother me at all anymore.
The reason Martyn doesn’t like Simon is Simon’s stand-offish, superior attitude, but there is a reason for it. Once it gets evident that they are on the same level, things become easy. But Martyn is still left in the dark about the nature of his and Simon’s "relationship". Simon could have been a bit more forthcoming with his feelings, but then the story would have been shorter than it was already. Martyn is rather insecure, and since we only know what he knows, we are being left hanging in midair as well. This was quite realistic. You know, you’re in love, have a sexual encounter and afterwards you are forced to wonder about whether this was a one-night-stand, whether it will turn into some sort of fling, a steady relationship, what?
Once Martyn and Simon have cleared up everything they have such a nice thing going on, it’s too cute. I can picture them so vividly, working together in their antiques shop, living in their perfect cottage, happily ever after. It was enough to make my heart melt.
Highly recommended to everybody who likes it sweet.
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