Since the death of his partner a year ago, sci-fi writer James Murphy has lived a quiet, secluded life. But at the urging of his agent, he finally makes an effort to rejoin society. His first step is volunteering for a weekly storytime at the local library. The decision seems like a good one when he meets the children’s librarian, David.
Bright and engaging, David somehow manages to make James feel like everything will be okay. But when mutual friendship leads to a budding romance, the move forward could be too much for James. Leaving his past love behind once and for all might be a step he’ll never be ready to take.
Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
Short and pretty sweet, there’s not really a lot to be said about this little story. James is likeable, David is cute and flirty without being overly pushy and their relationship moves swiftly but with plenty of nice moments.
However, this is a quick and fairly shallow tale that doesn’t really delve into the emotions of either character. I ended up feeling like James was moving on a little too fast and I really didn’t like the idea that David looked like a younger Paul (the ex-partner), which gave off all kinds of creepy vibes – to me at least. The idea that their first date was at the same place James and Paul used to always go also felt a little off to me.
If James had made all the moves I definitely wouldn’t have been comfortable with it, but David does the chasing, and James’ is sweetly introverted enough that it didn’t feel too creepy. If he’d permanently considered how like Paul David was, then this would have been a different tale altogether. Instead it’s short and sweet with a bit of a redundant sex scene and an open ending that implies a happy for now scenario.
If you’re looking for something quick and easy and don’t mind not feeling the emotions that such a loss would imply, then give this a try. It’s sweet enough to please, if not quite deep enough to be memorable.
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