Title: His Last Christmas in London
Author: Con Riley
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 180 Pages
Category: Holiday Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
At a Glance: There’s nothing quite like unexpectedly falling in love to simultaneously right the world and throw it into a tailspin, and that feeling is captured so plainly for Ian while Gus simply keeps time until Con Riley does what she does so consistently well—brings her couple together in perfect sync. When “Shall we?” is no longer a question in the moment, but an invitation to ever-after.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: Falling for his final client won’t make leaving London easy…
Ian ~ A talented, young photographer desperate to stay in London.
Guy ~ An older, fierce food critic, determined to keep him in his city.
Ian shouldn’t be attracted to a scathing food critic like Guy Parsons, not after the last time he fell for someone older, arrogant, and gorgeous. He knows better than to let dramatic good looks sway him since his last heartbreak. Besides, he’s accepted a new job at the far end of the country and won’t be staying.
Having one month left in the city doesn’t seem enough now Ian’s fallen in love with London. Working as Guy’s photographer for December might help him afford to stay for longer, even if he hates Guy’s brand of restaurant reviewing. When Guy turns out to be worlds away from the last man Ian fell for, shared meals soon result in shared secrets and feelings.
More than attraction sparks between them as Christmas approaches. Intimate moments lead to intense passion, but is being well matched in the bedroom enough to stop the clock counting down to Ian leaving London, and Guy, for good?
Review: Food is a love language, and “Shall we?” is the most important question asked in Con Riley’s warm and wonderful Holiday Romance, His Last Christmas in London. Ian Fisher and Guy Parsons’ relationship is a slow dance, one set to a song that speaks of loneliness and longing, of heartbreak and mistrust, and builds to something sweet and soulful in the end.
Guy’s career as a renowned London food critic causes Ian to jump to the conclusion that Guy must be a bastard of the highest order, savoring the power of ruining a restaurant’s reputation through the culinary dissection and post-mortem analysis of a chef’s alleged crimes against food. Those who can’t do, criticize, obviously. And Ian has some personal experience with a different sort of bastard when it comes to scathing, arrogant criticism. When he’s given the assignment of photographing Guy’s next restaurant review, he’s not thrilled about it, but he needs the money, desperately, to tide him over until he moves back home to Cornwall to take a job he doesn’t even want.
The Big City has chewed Ian up and spat him out. He’s watching his dreams of making it in London die before his very eyes, and selling off his camera equipment little by little to cover his third of the rent is the only thing keeping him afloat. That, and the help his two flatmates and best friends, Seb and Patrick (love them to bits), offer him to keep him there. Meeting Guy Parsons wasn’t supposed to be quite so wonderful or auspicious. Guy wasn’t supposed to be kind and charming and witty. And he certainly wasn’t supposed to be such a fantastic kisser . . .
There’s nothing quite like unexpectedly falling in love to simultaneously right the world and throw it into a tailspin, and that feeling is captured so plainly for Ian while Gus simply keeps time until Con Riley does what she does so consistently well—brings her couple together in perfect sync. When “Shall we?” is no longer a question in the moment, but an invitation to ever-after.
There are also some familiar faces and a familiar place in His Last Christmas in London that I wasn’t expecting, and I loved the surprise and the warmth this added to the story.
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