Title: A Good Neighbour (London Lads #3)
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publishing Date: April 19, 2017 (2nd Edition)
Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance
Page/Word Count: 60 / 18,825
Rating: 3 Stars
A London Lads Story
A secret affair can’t go on forever.
Dylan Philips admits it himself: he’s a relentlessly single man in a small suburban town, both proud of and resigned to being a good teacher and a devoted nephew to his mischievous great-aunts.
When the aunts take a hand in matchmaking him with Josie Whitman, the girl who lives along the street, Dylan doesn’t tell them what kind of soul mate he’s really looking for—and the fact that he’s already found the man in question. It’s not Josie who’s travelling from London every month to her town property, but her journalist brother Neal. And Dylan meets up with Neal whenever he can.
But decisions must be made for their future. Dylan is risk-averse to everything from overseas travel to coming out, whereas Neal embraces adventure—and now he wants to take Dylan with him.
Horrified that his chance at love will move even further out of his reach, Dylan realises it’s time for him to own up to what kind of man he really is. He needs to find courage and compromise. And who knows whether the great-aunts will be a help or a hindrance with that?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
“You see why I call him my home?”
“And you,” I said, refusing to look away, my voice starting to waver. “And you are my adventure.”
A Good Neighbour is a delightfully sweet addition to the London Lads series. It told a story of Dylan, a not-so-out teacher with two loving and – of course! – meddling great aunts, Bess and Mitzi. Reading their banter – or in Dylan’s case, deflecting his aunts’s good-intentioned nosiness – was entertaining. From these, readers would suspect early on what Dylan couldn’t seem to grasp: his supposedly secret was not secret at all.
Personally, I thought Dylan was a bit of a worrywart, very oblivious, and didn’t give his loved ones much credit. Those didn’t sound so great characters in a teacher, did it. Fortunately, I also thought him likable despite AND in spite of it all, which in turn made it easier for me to like the book.
Another thing that emitted “darn it!” from this reader is the not much amount of Dylan and Neal’s interaction here. Quite a number of them even only narrated from Dylan’s recollection. I wish Neal could have had his own POV to give insight to his feeling and more depth to the story.
All in all, this novella works for one looking for a feel good story sprinkled with some tea time. Well, at least it worked for me. 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.