Length: 50,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
There are two sides to every story, even those buried in the past.
When Sam spots the hot guy moving in next door, he’s all for going round to introduce himself. That soon changes when it turns out his new neighbour is in fact an old school acquaintance, Charles Whitmore. Sam didn’t like him back then, and fifteen years haven’t altered that.
Splitting up from his long-term boyfriend means a move across the city for Charlie. As luck would have it, his immediate neighbour is a guy he went to school with, Sam Gellar. While Sam is less than welcoming, his best mate is more than happy to invite Charlie into their social circle. Whatever problem Sam has with Charlie, Charlie resolves to get to the bottom of it, because, frosty beginnings aside, Charlie likes him.
With Christmas just around the corner, fate thrusts them together, and they get on so much better than they ever did at school. Despite his efforts not to, Sam develops feelings for Charlie, and they appear to be reciprocated. If Sam wants to take things further he needs to either confront Charlie about their past--a past Charlie seems to have forgotten entirely--or let it go and move on. Sam knows deep down that he can’t let it go, but it never seems the right time to bring it up. Until it is.
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Christelle's rating :
This is a no-angst and sweet romance between two guys who become neighbors a few weeks before Christmas and happened to have been in the same school. Some rumors from that time come back to mind, but Sam and Charlie are now adults and learning to communicate so that their tentative friendship and attraction can lead them towards a nice HEA, with moments spent with friends or family and preparing Christmas.
It’s a cozy read of an unassuming and down-to-earth romance. No big sparks, but it’s well written with a British touch that I enjoyed. Suited for a lazy Sunday afternoon when in need of tender feels delivered with some wintery and Christmas spirit.
ARC of “Old Acquaintance” was generously provided by the tour organizer in exchange for an honest review
About the author:
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
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