Malachi Keogh finds himself in a job he neither wanted nor asked for when his father, boss of Sydney’s postal service, sends him to the end of the business line, aka The Dead Letter Office. Malachi expects tedious and boring but instead discovers a warehouse with a quirky bunch of misfit co-workers, including a stoic and nerdy boss, Julian Pollard.
Malachi’s intrigued by Julian at first, and he soon learns there’s more to the man than his boring clothes of beige, tan, and brown; a far cry from Malachi’s hot pink, lilac, and electric blue. Where Julian is calm and ordered, Malachi is chaos personified, but despite their outward differences, there’s an immediate chemistry between them that sends Malachi’s head—and heart—into a spin.
To keep his father happy, Malachi needs to keep this job. He also needs to solve the mystery of the pile of old letters that sits in Julian’s office and maybe get to the bottom of what makes Julian tick. Like everything that goes through the mail centre, only time will tell if Malachi has found his intended destination or if he’ll find himself returned to sender.
~ * ~ Kathy‘s Review ~ * ~
5 ++++ Stars
I picked this book up today and read each free second I had. This book has been one of the most addictive stories I have read in a long time, and that is due to the immense talent of N.R. Walker. This book had me laughing out loud and then switching to tears. How can a book with such an emotional pull have me giggling like mad for a large portion of it, not to mention some very steamy scenes fogging my glasses over?
At first, I thought Malachi was a disgruntled teen as his behavior was so juvenile. I felt his father had every right to wash his hands of him. I will let you enjoy how Malachi finds his new employment at the Dead Letter Office, which attempts to track down misplaced mail and packages owners. Trust me, and have faith in Malachi as he redeems himself, though he still talks before he thinks throughout the entire story. That turns out to be one of his most endearing qualities. Dreading his new job, Malachi finds that work interests him for the first time in his life. It helps that the crew there are all misfits of some sort and gel together so well.
Julian, at first glance, appeared as drab as the color palette he chose each day. His preferences of browns, tans, and beiges make most people assume he is boring. His new boss appears to be a quiet and studious geek. Malachi chips away at Julian’s reserve with his wicked sense of humor and runaway mouth. They start working together to solve a decades-old problem of a pile of love letters that seem untraceable. I loved how these letters connected the men and enjoyed watching their partnership evolve.
If you are a long-time fan or a newbie of Ms. Walker’s work, why are you not reading this book right now? Quirky characters, sensual scenes, and tear-jerking memories create a fantastic, and at times hilarious read that I promise will not disappoint. Happy reading!
* * *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review is not a requirement * * *
~ * ~ Jo‘s Review ~ * ~
This book is a perfect story with an excellent cast of characters. Malachi, who fights for the underdogs, has a mouth that won’t quit and has never found where he fits ends up in the Dead Letter Office thanks to a father who’s determined he should grow and settle down. He meets Julian, who is hiding, dressed in beige, from the world thanks to an ex’s words. Together (and with the team of misfit ‘superheroes’ that they work with), they end up trying to solve the mystery of the Dearest Milton James letters that have been gathering dust (these letters alone will have you in tears, and wow, what a fantastic ending.)
Malachi and Julian shouldn’t work, but they do. There is a spark from the moment they meet, an attraction, a connection. I adored this story; I could not wipe the smile off my face as Malachi tries his best but fails epically to stop every thought and feeling spill from his mouth. Drawn in, Julian slowly opens up, and Malachi is the sunshine he’s has forgotten how to live in.
This book is an absolute must-read, one-click, a savior, and reread many times.
Perfect, just perfect.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***
~ * ~ Anna‘s Review ~ * ~
I have been a fan of NR Walker for a long time, having been hooked by the boys in Red Dirt Heart and devouring everything she has ever written that I can get my hands on. Her latest book, Dearest Milton James, is all I hoped for and then some! If I could give it 500 stars, I would!
Malachi can’t seem to hold down a job. His dad lands him a job at the postal service in a most unusual place: the Dead Letter Office. Malachi doesn’t have high expectations for this job, which he’s sure he’ll get bored of quickly.
Julian is Malachi’s boss, and they are complete opposites, at least where fashion is concerned. Opposites attract in this story, and the chemistry between these two is out of this world! They get closer and bond over finding the owner of a stack of letters that were never delivered that have a special place in their hearts.
NR Walker is a superb storyteller, and she has a way of describing the characters’ feelings and characteristics so well that you can’t help but create a moving picture of them in your head. Her stories are always so creative and fresh, and I always look forward to seeing what she’ll think up next! This story, along with all of her others, is a definite must-read!
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
N.R. Walker Bio
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…
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