Phillip used to laugh a lot, back when his friends called him Pip. However the good deed that left him hospitalized not only marred his body, it stripped him of his good humor too. Ever since, he has pushed his friends away and shut out the world. Donating his vintage clothing to a charity shop should have been the final act in a year-long campaign to sever the links with the man Pip used to be, but the stranger on his doorstep awakens feelings in Pip that he hasn’t experienced since the incident that left him angry at the world and reliant on the cold metal of the hideous hospital-issue crutch.
Colby forces his way into Pip’s life, picking at the scab of his past. Colby isn’t interested in Pip’s money or his expensive address. He has only one goal: to make Pip smile again. With every moment in Pip’s presence, Colby chips away at the walls Pip has built around himself. Pip knows it’s impossible to fight his attraction with Colby’s sunny disposition casting light into the darkness in his soul.
I didn't warm up to Phillip until about halfway through this book, and he irritated me to no end. Yes, yes, I'm sure I was supposed to feel sorry for him, but I didn't, not really. He's a grumpy jerk, and the way he treated people was horrendous. Until we start seeing him for who he really is.
Colby was slightly too perfect for my taste, though I liked his sense of humor, and how he wasn't willing to take Phillip's grumpiness seriously. He kept chipping away at the walls, and found the real guy within.
I liked this book. I liked the story, and I liked the plot. There were a tad too many misunderstandings, and the relationship seemed to take jumps forward, but it was a nice enough story to wile away a few hours. The setting in England was well done, and the writing followed the setting, with Colby being a bit rougher around the edges than Phillip. I enjoyed the snark and sarcasm, and Phillip's dry humor.
Definitely worth checking out.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **
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