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Let Your Heart Be Light

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  106 reviews

Dr. David Christmas has heard every joke in the book when it comes to his name. Weary of the festive season and from his long shifts in the emergency room, David is also tired of his lonely single life. His only hope for Christmas is a glimpse of the shy but gorgeous neighbour who lives above him.

Christmas-loving Julian has nurtured a crush on the grum
Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published December 13th 2019 by Carnation Books
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Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolute perfection.

This book focuses on two couples with three short stories which give the initial meetings of each pair and a bonus second dip into Zach and Richard's life.

JR's writing has such charm to it. Both romances are set in London but they're different in tone.

David and Julian's is the filling being bookended by Zach and Richard's extraordinarily impressive storyline and I'd absolutely kill for a full length novel with them.

Not to take anything away from the doctor and his upstairs n
4.5 stars! Flat out adorable. Three short stories, two with the same couple. The title is perfection, because that's exactly what it does. Loved it! 💖😊 ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Three stories, two couples.

Charming, hilarious and full of the Christmas feelings. Read this book and you'll be in the right mood for the holidays. I dare to say it's a promise.
~✿ Tala✿~
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐️

These three short stories were so cute! I really liked the authors writing style, I found it really unique, it had a poetryish feel that gave it that Christmas magic.
The two couples were really likeable especially Zach and Richard (like swooning at Richard’s willingness to protect Zach at all cost😭).

I will say that it did feel that readers were kind of dropped in the middle of the story for David and Julian, I would have loved it if had been longer but I guess you can only do so much wit
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love it when I find a new author and in particular one that I can recommend to my readers. With the proviso that I went into the book not knowing it was three separate stories (and so got a little confused, more below), I can highly recommend this book to everyone.

What I love about JR's writing is that it just pulled me right into the story, and I couldn't put the book down. She has a way with words that meant I could just lose myself in the story itself, and I can't wait to read more from JR
Courtney Bassett
Unexpected delight

I’ve never read this author before, but thought I’d give this a try after seeing a positive review. I LOVED it. Lots of wit, warmth, and even some smoking-hot scenes. Going into my (virtual) pile of Christmas favorites!

(This is a wonderful comfort reread, regardless of season!)
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆

4.5 stars rounded up for this lovely Christmas Cracker tale.

A joy to read and beautifully written, with lots of laughs along the way. I particularly liked...no, make that adored Zack and Richard's Twitter exchanges, and the headings Zack used to get his replies sent 😀😀.

The 'meat' filler in the Zack and Richard double story sandwich, For Services Rendered, was also sweet and made me tear up I have to say. Dr David Christmas and Mr Julian Reynolds, 2 professional men, but both sooo lonely
May 15, 2021 marked it as to-read
(edited: I’ve seen others posting search/result issues across Amazon & Audible, so hopefully it’s just a glitch and will be fixed soon.)

I don’t know how authors survive. I went to Amazon. I typed in the full name of this book. I added the author. I searched just the author. Absolutely NOTHING came up as a result for any of those searches. I had to go to the author’s website and get the link from there.

Anyway - for anyone else who may stumble across this and think maybe it’s been pulled down or
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book, sweet and sexy with lots of humour. Highly recommended.
3.75 stars

This contained three different stories involving two couples.

Kind of a Big Deal

This is the story of Richard and Zack. To me, it was more of a summary of how they met and fell in love. We just see snapshots of the highlights of their love story. I do wish the author would have went into it more. I liked it but craved the details and not the sort of faded scene jumps. I still enjoyed what I read just wanted more of it.

For Services Rendered

This is about Julian and David. Two neighbors w
Amur Thera
Kind Of a Big Deal - 4 stars
Zack and Richard meet at an art fair, and immediately hit it off. Due to circumstances, they have to date for a while before they can go home with each other, which was secretly very lovely. This story was really romantic, and I liked their instant connection and how they both went straight for a relationship. I liked how their relationship progress could be measured by the number of x's at the end of a tweet or text. My only niggle was that many time skips were summa
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
'Tis the season for reading sappy holiday-themed romances in hopes of eliciting warm and fuzzy feelings. This collection of three novellas featuring two different couples was sweet, but didn't quite hit the spot. Guess I'll need to read a few more to find one that'll turn me into a happily sighing puddle of goo. ...more
I can’t wait to reread David & Julian’s story 8000 more times 😍
Amy Aislin
I loved this sooooo much! Mushy, insta-lovey, fluffy sweetness at its best. Exactly what I was looking for at the holiday season. Three well-developed stories featuring characters you'll fall in love with. ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kind of a Big Deal is first. It's incredibly romantic. Comedian, Zach, goes to his sister's art show trying to kill time on when he can leave, because he's bored, when the most gorgeous man he's ever seen begins to speak to him. He and Richard talk for a while but Richard wanders off to speak with others and Zach never gets his number. But all of a sudden, he has a new follower in Twitter. Little by little, they get to know each other. Spending intimate time together, forging their bond. Neither ...more
I absolutely love this book! It is sweet, it is fluffy, it is sexy and hot as hell! I really hope the author keeps writing queer romance 😍😍
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loooved it so much

I loved every single word of this. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled and laughed this much in a long time. Will definitely be looking for more from this author.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75-4 — This was so cute and Christmassy (of course, what else would I now be reading since I’ve declared that I’m only ever reading Christmas books forever)! I really liked that two of the stories were with Zack and Richard so that I could spend a little more time getting to know them; the last tale was so fun!
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purchased, blog, favorites
I can't believe this is a debut collection!

I love discovering new authors – especially when their writing is as good as this one. I'm a pretty easy reviewer, and usually generous with my star ratings, but it's sort of rare for me to give a 5-star rating to a new or new-to-me author. J. R. Lawrie deserves every one of the 5 stars and I would probably rate it higher if I could.

I knew going in that Let Your Heart Be Light is a collection of three novellas but I must not have read the blurb all that
Amy B.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Utterly Charming

4.5 Stars
What a charming book- sweet and cozy with the lightest layer of snark to keep it from being too saccharine, this trio of shorts is lovely.

The first story, Kind of a Big Deal, concerns Zach, a stand up comedian in his late 20s, and Richard, a VERY high powered geopolitical operative in his early 40s. They meet, sparks fly, and these two opposites give dating a try. Told in single POV with Zach as our narrator, this is fizzy and fun, sexy and sweet. Try to read it without
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I loved the 2 stories, but especially Zack and Richard's one. Told in 2 parts it's hilarious, sweet, fun and has some hot moments. I would love to read more about them in the future, but for now, I'll content myself with future rereads.
Highly recommend!
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much! I'm glad I squeezed it in this year, even if I did have to start it after Christmas. ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ku
This is my first DNF, kind of... This book is a hot mess. It follows two couples, parts 1 and 3 are about couple A and part 2 about couple B. I did not read the story of couple B because I had enough with couple A. The two stories don't merge or intertwine, why the structure of this book is this way is a mystery (there is no other m/m couple in part 3 and I know couple A is m/m as well so..). Now, what was wrong with couple A: everything! I don't usually write rant reviews because sometimes an a ...more
Feb 01, 2022 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up to three. I like the premise. I like the author's note at the back that states they want to write queer stories that aren't depressing. However, she's a woman writing about gay male sex, so...you know, there are limits to how right on this is, before it just turns into (misinformed) porn.

Richard was boring. Zachary was a manic pixie dream girl with no real defining reason as to why Richard was so besotted with him. I kept on expecting Richard to be shown up to have some dark past
Rynn Yumako
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, contemporary
Oh, my grumpy heart just grew a few sizes; this was lovely. No unnecessary drama, just pure, sweet holiday fun. I'm not usually one for this much sweetness, but I definitely felt like this book had something special and I was ready for something romantic and easy.

The first two short stories were my favorites, the last one felt too far-fetched for me, bringing down my overall rating, but other than that, I had a fun time.

(again, I'm reading a Christmas book after the holidays. typical.)
Hira Chaudhary
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so freaking cute. I loved both couples and how adorable and sweet they were. I almost wish the whole book had been Zack and Richard's story, but I think I kind of liked getting their story in these two short story settings instead of one longer book. And I wouldn't have wanted to lose David and Julian's story.

I loved Zack and Richard and how adorable they were. I died over how cute Zack was and how hard he fell for Richard and how Richard liked him back. I loved how sweet they were toge
Delivers precisely what the title indicates: light-hearted, angst-free romance blooming over winter holidays in London. I also laughed aloud a few times, so I must call these stories "romantic comedy".

There are two separate stories and one of them spans four years, so this book covers a total of five different Christmas holidays (four for one couple, one for the other).

Overall absolutely adorable, and I hope to see more like these especially for holidays.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Cynthia Lail
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonder Christmas Stories!

This book was recommended to me in a readers group and I have to say, it’s awesome! I loved these two Christmas tales. Well done!
Reese Hogan
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really well-written and fun holiday romance stories, with rounded out and likable characters. The perfect escape for a lighthearted Christmas-themed read at the end of 2020.
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J.R. Lawrie was born in Manchester in 1989, received a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds in 2011, then vanished into the thorny undergrowth of fanfiction and was never seen again.

Their first novel The Sheltering Tree has been described as 'heart wrenchingly beautiful', 'a powerful and passionate story', and '1/5 never delivered'.

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