Just three more days of this giveaway event left, and in the final countdown, we have the fabulous Twinkle Twinkle by Josephine Myles. As ever, let’s start with the blurbz:
When old schoolmates meet again, sparks fly!
It’s Christmas Eve, and down in Accident and Emergency Dr. Tom Berriman really hasn’t got into the festive spirit. Newly returned to his home town, he’s missing the big city he left behind and can’t get enthusiastic about a holiday he’ll be spending on his own. That is until he catches sight of the attractive electrician fixing the lights—who promptly crashes down out of the ceiling and becomes Tom’s patient. Tom can’t believe his luck…until he realises he knows the man already.
Electrician Vince has changed out of all recognition since they were at school together, where Vince was the butt of all the bullies’ jibes—and worse—while nursing a hopeless crush on Tom.
If the newly-hunky Vince can forgive his former tormentor, and Tom can get over his lingering guilt, maybe their Christmases won’t be quite so lonely after all.
I really loved this story. It’s short but it packs a punch, and as with many of Jo’s stories, it manages to be both earthy and touching at once. It also features one of my very favourite things – MCs who share a difficult history. Here we have A&E doctor Tom and electrician Vince, who haven’t seen each other since they were at school, where Vince was bullied by Tom’s group of friends.
I loved how Jo showed that the character that was diminished by this history was not Vince but Tom. Of the two of them, it is Vince who has moved on, Vince who shows Tom how to find the courage to overcome the past. And how Vince does that – bravely, boldly – is so very entertaining to read.
I’ve got to add that one my favourite things about this story is how thematically pleasing it is. It’s about, I think, sparks and jolts. Sparks of attraction, and of life and vitality. Jolts of recognition and reality. The text is sprinkled with flashes and sparks and electricity, twinkles and fairy lights and sparkles. So richly enjoyable. So wonderfully, gorgeously satisfying. Highly recommended. 🙂
To win a copy of this lovely story, leave a comment about your favourite Christmas decoration. The winner will be decided at 8pm on 12th December 2015. And if you just can’t wait, you can buy a copy here 🙂
Oh, and remember, there’s still 2 more days of giveaways to go!
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain, and now has over ten novels and novellas under her belt. Her novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the ebook creation process to someone else. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and a soon-to-be toddler.
Website and blog: http://josephinemyles.com/
EDITED TO ADD – THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY IS LEE TODD – CONGRATULATIONS!