By Elizabeth Young
From the fire-hot writer of soliciting for hassle comes a moment irresistibly humorous and romantic novel, within which we meet the delightfully depraved Harriet and John, who're matched as completely as scones and clotted cream -- if basically Harriet may allow herself indulge. as much as her eyeballs in her neighbors' dramas, Harriet gray has no time for her personal, not to mention getting entangled with John Mackenzie. And even though it has been a while when you consider that she's met probably the most lovely males London has to supply, it sort of feels John's entangled with another person. Or is he? notwithstanding they are saying all's reasonable in love, Harriet isn't really approximately to complicate her existence -- or probability her center. however the continual John turns out to pop up in every single place she turns, and shortly she's agreeing to fulfill him for a cocktail to pay off a desire. in the end, what damage can pop out of 1 blameless little drink? possibly a number of breathtaking kisses, a few suspiciously lingering embraces, and a superb weak-kneed dizziness that the majority certainly isn't the flu. and that is earlier than she reveals herself on their own with John at Christmas. .
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With customary efficiency I'd only ticked off Tom . My bags were full of impulse buys for the house; having come late to the nesting bit, I was making up for lost time. There were also two bottles of ready-mulled wine. I buy stuff like that when Christmas is coming and I need something to put me in the mood—the weather certainly wasn't. Mild and damp, it felt more like October. Having started off in mistlike fashion, the drizzle had moved up a gear, as if it were thinking about turning to proper rain, instead.
I didn't object to take-aways on any purist grounds, but as Jacko sent out so often and usually insisted on paying as well, I felt guilty. Whatever else, Jacko was no freeloader. The fact that he could afford it was rather beside the point. Jacko had been a bit like me, without a clue what he wanted to do except that it had to include plenty of laughs. After grasshoppering from job to job, he'd eventually done what he'd said he'd never do: gone to work for his old man, who had sundry businesses on Merseyside.
My feet had been itching badly at the time, so I'd got a cheap ticket and invited myself to stay with Sally for a fortnight. There had been around twenty of us at that beach party, and the lethal setting had nothing to do with the bar some joker had erected on the beach out of a few bits of plywood and his kitchen curtains. The stars were like diamonds on black velvet, the sea lit with silvery phosphorescence. As Sally had said, when you've just met someone you fancy rotten, it certainly beat Bognor, and who could sleep anyway, on a beach towel with hermit crabs crawling over you half the night?
A Promising Man (and About Time, Too) by Elizabeth Young