Tom Pond has devoted the last few years to work, in the hopes of attaining the promotion he desperately wants. During the day he fights for his editor’s attention, by night he is eating meals for one with his cat while watching alien movies. Tom doesn’t like hookups and the last thing he wants is a relationship, especially after the last disastrous one three years ago. After a rare night out drinking with his friends, Tom may have blown his chances at getting that promotion when he oversleeps and has to rush to the train station.
Cole Davison only wants to work the farm where he was raised by his aunt and uncle after his parents’ death. After the death of his beloved uncle, Cole is faced with the reality that the farm is no longer bringing in the money to keep a roof over his and his aunt’s heads and he must find a job. Forced to head into the city and work as a bartender in a gay bar, Cole refuses to give up on his dreams of making the farm productive once again.
Their timing couldn’t have been worse when the two collide with one another at the train station and Cole spills his coffee all over Tom. Later that day, the two once again bump into each other and a tentative friendship forms. As the two begin spending time together, their friendship flawlessly flows into a relationship as the two seem to complete one another…but their timing couldn’t be worse, could it?
This is a wonderfully sweet love story without a lot of angst and with a HEA that will leave you smiling. Set in Manchester, England, this story takes two ordinary guys living ordinary lives who happen to have the worst timing ever and throws them together to realize that the worst time may be the best time to fall in love and give us the makings of a story that will put a smile on your face and warm your heart.
Tom has gotten himself into a rut when it comes to relationships after his long-term boyfriend left him for another man at the worst possible time. He’s slaved away at work in the hopes of getting a promotion only to find himself passed over time and again because he doesn’t have the right anatomy. When he isn’t working, he is usually found sitting at home watching an X-Files marathon with his cat Mulder. Now, with the promise of a promotion on the horizon, Tom knows that if he wants it, he has to earn it by going above and beyond in order to make his editor notice him. The last thing he needs is to find himself in a new relationship.
Cole is the type of character that you will immediately fall in love with! Clumsy and tending to chatter when he is nervous, he quickly worms his way into your heart. Despite the farm on the verge of bankruptcy and the knowledge that his dreams for the farm may never come true, Cole isn’t going to stop dreaming…instead, he just works harder.
When these two are together, it is Cole who is sure of where he wants this to go, while it is Tom who has to be dragged, kicking and screaming…well, maybe not kicking and screaming, but definitely dragged. But despite his hesitation to get into a relationship, even he can’t deny that there is chemistry between the two of them.
The secondary characters keep the story light. Between Cole’s Aunt Belinda, Cole’s boss/Tom’s friend Rox, and Tom’s best friend Ricky, a.k.a. Miss Kitty Litter the drag queen, they will have you in stitches! Ricky is the type of character that you wish would steal the show because you so want to know this character better. As Tom’s best friend, he pushes Tom into getting outside his comfort zone and messing his hair up once and a while. While Ricky may have a revolving door in his bedroom, he doesn’t want to see his friend to lose his chance at a happy ending.
Speaking of bedrooms…there aren’t a whole lot of sexy-times on the page. For me, this wasn’t a problem because I was feeling the chemistry between these two whenever they were together.
My only complaint about this book is that what little angst that there was in this story seemed to be bigger than it needed to be. Yet, considering it was resolved fairly quickly, I am willing to overlook it.
Overall, I loved this story despite it being almost completely angst free. If you are looking for something light and fluffy to read, this one is sure to put a smile on your face. I highly recommend.