A fake relationship with a stranger. An office romance with doughnuts and white knights. An addictive arrangement—friends with benefits—fast turns to love.
Jonah Gray is rich, successful, and the most eligible bachelor in the city, according to his mother, at least. But the truth is, despite her efforts to pair him off, he’s fine on his own. All he needs is a date to the Christmas ball.
Sacha Ivanov is a lone wolf, content in the cycle of long days, late nights, and anonymous hook ups, but when a chance encounter in a broken-down lift brings a gorgeous copper-haired CEO into his life, everything begins to change.
As Christmas fast approaches, a favour for a stranger blooms into something more. He doesn’t do second dates or relationships. But for kind-hearted Jonah, his angel in the city, he might just change his mind.
Angels in the City is a Christmas themed MM friends-to-lovers, forced proximity, office romance. Expect fraught days, steamy nights, and true love built around festive snacks and Christmas trees.
If you are looking for a fuzzy, ‘deck the halls’ kind of love story, this won’t be it. This is, indeed, a Christmas tale, but there is an intensity about it. The book has a good share of angst, and one of the MCs, Sacha, is perplexing and closed off. Ironically, even though the Russian executive frustrated the heck out of me, I found myself wishing he would let down his guard, and allow some joy to enter his life. So, if you are in the mood for a slightly somber holiday romance, that really grabs your heart, please, look no further. I love Garrett’s stories, and, as usual, she delivers, giving us a top-notch, winter romance.
Jonah has a successful company, which shares a building with the business that employs Sacha. Despite his ‘no repeat’ status, Sacha can’t seem to get enough of this loving copper-haired man. Sacha accompanies Jonah to a family function—to appease Jonah’s mom. She adores her son, and her matchmaking can be extreme, so having Sacha as a buffer really helped (in more ways than one). The Russian finds this young CEO too irresistible, and, despite all of his resistance, he is captivated. The two men form a tentative friendship, until Sacha runs scared and pushes Jonah away.
The story was pure, and dealt with two men that never considered they would find someone special to spend their lives with. For Sacha, it is much harder to open up, and his inability to communicate his feelings may cost him everything he wants, but never knew he needed. This is a gripping, and sensual book, that deals with two lost souls trying to understand the greatest gift they could possibly get would be each other. Happy reading, and happy holidays!
* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. * * *
~ * ~ Jo‘s Review ~ * ~
Wow, this grabbed me from the start, and had me breathless to the end. I’m actually finding it hard to put into words just how much I enjoyed it. Whether it was because I hadn’t re-read the blurb, before starting, so I had no expectations, I’m not sure, but Jonah and Sacha had me transfixed from the start. Both are workaholics and loners—neither looking for a relationship. Jonah is on the way to a social event, organised by his mother (something he would rather avoid). Into the lift steps Sacha, and when it breaks down, the flirting and banter leads to an unexpected date—and a fake boyfriend arrangement. One night leads to more, but the boundaries were set at the start. Will they move beyond the friends with benefits?
The author does such a wonderful job with these two. At the start, I thought Jonah was going to be the one that melted my heart, so lonely in his work centred life—fighting family connections, that label him one thing, when he wants to be something else. Haunted by events, he struggles to move on from, I thought it would be Sacha as the white knight. While in many ways he is, Sacha is far more complex than the cool, enigmatic man we meet at first. Closed off, he finds himself drawn to Jonah in a way he finds hard to comprehend, or balance, with the life he has convinced is future. He fights his developing feelings, and hurts Jonah, denying they are more. Their interactions, after that, are heart-wrenching.
I loved watching these two work towards their future. It is emotional, sweet, extremely sexy, and even funny at times. I cried for them, but was left feeling so happy at the end—when feelings are faced, accepted and their HEA is found.
A total, total, must-read book for me. So so good. Buy it!
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***
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.