Length: 40,000 approx.
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Ex-army vet Gavin Richie has even less capacity for romance. Managing a homeless shelter while recovering from injury keeps him far too busy. So what if he’s often alone? He’s content being single, or so he thinks until a chance meeting lights a spark he can’t ignore.
Yani is the warmth and affection Gavin hadn’t known he was missing. As Christmas lights up the city, their lives entwine in more ways than one. Falling for each other is easy. Holding on is harder, unless a hometown Christmas proves their love can last longer than the festive season.
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.
Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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I am a sucker for Christmas stories and I adore Garret Leigh’s books, but Hometown Christmas left me wanting for more and a tad bit confused. Yani and Gavin met at a homeless shelter; Gavin and employee and Yani volunteered to man the kitchen when pressured to help from his best friend. The chemistry was evident, rolling off of each man; even though they both swore off relationships. Soon, their one night together turned to more and things elevated from there.
I never connected with either character, and I’m not convinced that the men even connected with each other. I realized after reading the author’s note in the back of the book, that Gavin’s military time was secretive due to the nature of his work, but the anonymity hindered the flow and pace of the book. Of course, this is solely my opinion, and I am sure that many will disagree. I also had a difficult time with the slang of the area. As someone from the United States, the “speak” removed me from the story, and I had to reread many sections over multiple times to understand the gist- once again on me. Additionally, I never got the Christmas bug.
Regardless, I am a fan of Ms. Leigh’s work but this one did not so it for me.
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