The Dickens With Love
Contemporary Romance, Holiday
A scandal cost antiquarian book hunter James Winter everything that mattered to him. Now the rich and unscrupulous Mr. Stephanopoulos has a proposition. A previously unpublished Christmas book by Charles Dickens has turned up in the hands of an English chemistry professor by the name of Sedgwick Crisparkle. Mr. S. wants James to get that book for him--at any price.
Three years ago, a scandal cost antiquarian book hunter James Winter everything that mattered to him: his job, his lover, and his self-respect. But now the rich and unscrupulous Mr. Stephanopoulos has a proposition. A previously unpublished Christmas book by Charles Dickens has turned up in the hands of an English chemistry professor by the name of Sedgwick Crisparkle. Mr. S. wants that book at any price -- and he needs James to get it for him. There's just one catch. James can't tell the nutty professor who the buyer is.
Actually, two catches because the nutty Professor Crisparkle turns out to be totally gorgeous -- and on the prowl. Faster than you can say "Old Saint Nick," James is mixing business with pleasure -- and in real danger of forgetting that this is just a holiday romance.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
The other gem I have for you is one that Jen herself recommended on her blog. Not that I noticed that until tonight. Great minds like the same great things apparently. And this great thing is Josh Lanyon. The Dickens with Love is written in that spare, but lush style that is so very Josh. His books are cinematic. I can see each scene, hear the characters breathe, smell the scents -- Yet, Josh doesn't waste a single word. Nothing is flowery. Nothing is scenic. Every word counts. And does double duty even. His is a voice you cannot shake and I found myself returning to The Dickens with Love repeatedly after my first read. Yes, you heard me... repeatedly.
I could not get enough of James and Sedge. And the thin line between sex, relationships, and true love became oh, so much clearer for reading this book. It made me hot. It made me cry. And it wrenched my heart. I wanted to find love on Christmas Eve when it snows in L.A. I found myself leaving work each night after that first reading, looking for the snow. (Of course, it didn't snow in the O.C., but I had ice on my windshield one morning. Not that it counts.) It takes a true master to wring those sorts of emotions from you without laying out the characters' emotions word by word on the book's pages. You understand Sedge's love so much better not just because of what Josh says but also because of what he doesn't say. Only a master wordsmith can convey emotion by what is left to the reader"s imagination.
Lex Valentine, Setting Hearts and Souls Afire
What a fantastic novel. The solidly developed characters are people you can relate to and are flawed just enough to make them believable. Their wit and personalities draw you in, and will have you teetering between laughter and hot flashes. Josh Lanyon stays true to form.
A FAR Recommended Read
The Dickens with Love is a wonderful, tightly-written little Christmas-themed romance.
Aunt Lynn for Jessewave Reviews
This is a perfect Christmas tale, good any time of year (I read it in the autumn), but probably sweetest during the holidays (I plan to read it again then, just to keep myself in the spirit). This is a story about love, forgiveness, redemption, hope and...well, it's a Dickens' tale.
Between the Covers Reviews
I just love books where it's not just the sexual tension which is high, but also the emotional tension. Both men in the book have an instant like and attraction to one another but underneath there's a simmering unease and you just know that a single misplaced word by one of the characters is going to light the fuse and set off the fireworks. The story isn't too complicated but that didn't matter in what is essentially a character based story and I liked James very much, sympathising with his loneliness and frustration over things that have happened in his past over which he had little control. The sly winks to Dickens' stories were just an added bonus. Overall, I spent a very pleasant couple of hours engrossed in this story and I think you will too.
Grade: Excellent. Well Read Reviews
The Dickens With Love
November 24, 2017
JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
November 2013, JustJoshin
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