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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Kevin McNamara's life after retirement is… fine. He has friends, a few consulting gigs, and an ex-wife he's finally on good terms with. But when he meets an intriguing stranger - a rarity in close-knit Swanley, Massachusetts - in his apartment lobby, he can’t stop thinking about him or about the unexpected attraction that knocked him flat.

Awais Siddiqui never thought he'd
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published January 4th 2021 by Ninestar Press
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyed reading this feel good romance.

I would say bisexual representation is done well. The writing is easy to get into and the small town cosy vibes is so vibrant throughout the read.

The multicultural representation is done well too I would say.

However, I just couldn't appreciate the use of some typical stereotypical expressions.

The main characters are mature and the other side characters make their presence known. I liked the ending.

Such a warm, cozy read!

Thank you, author and the publisher f
note: holiday is New Years Eve

Really sweet story about an older gent who has suppressed his bisexuality for his entire life. Luckily he lives in a very queer friendly town, is surrounded with supportive and lovely friends (including his bisexual ex-wife).

Charming community in the Boston suburbs, Valentine Wheeler excels at those supporting characters! I'd have honestly loved more scenes with them.

My only complaint is in the character development of the two mains. They both seemed a bit two dimen
Joyfully Jay
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: jovan
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Give Way is a sweet love-letter to small towns, found family, and the postal service…and dedicates a large percentage of its 100ish pages to these elements. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s a decided departure from expectations seeded by the blurb and a major factor in my rating. The story is so heavily invested in the romance between the town and its residents that the budding relationship between Awais and Kevin feels secondary, and only important in that Kevin fi
Moraye Potgieter
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A quick festive read with a lot of diversity and exploration of self.

In this book you don’t get bogged down with details which was refreshing, especially during the festive season. This one was also lacking in the usual melo-drama, so it was a fun read as well.

Looking for something quick and refreshing, then this one is for you.

Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a short multicultural love story. I loved that different cultures were represented in a queer love story. The small town feel was also pretty good. I just felt that it wasn’t enough of a story. I did like the ending though.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for my honest review and opinion.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
I originally was going to rate this three stars because overall, I do like the book. It was an easy read, but I lost steam with this book. It took me a while to complete such a short book. The sense of community is strong in this book. I love the fictional town, and I desperately want to visit this place.

But on the other hand, the relationship between Awais and Kevin wasn't well developed. It never got past the initial attraction stage for me. There was a bit of angst, and they never had real co
This is the author's second book, set in the fictional community of Swanley, Massachusetts, which is a culturally diverse small town with a strong LGBTQ community.  Her first book, No Parking has the same setting and is an adult romance between two mature female characters.

Kevin McNamara, 60-year-old silver fox,  meets substitute 45-year-old mail carrier, Awais, and very quickly realizes that he is bisexual and the two men share a steamy night of passion.  But afterwards, the doubt starts an
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Kevin McNamara is a 60 year old divorced man. He's a retired lawyer and sometime politician in small but liberal Swanley, Massachusetts. Kevin's ex-wife is an avowed bisexual, but Kevin has only ever dated women--many women--since his divorce nearly 15 years ago. So, it's a little unsettling when Kevin meets a substitute package deliveryperson, Awais Siddiqui, and feels more than a little attraction.

Awais is a nearly 50 year old, out and proud, Middle Eastern man. He grew up in Swanley as a chi
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, dbml-review
Swanley, Massachusetts is a small town where everyone knows each other and nothing is secret for long. Awais Siddiqui is a postal worker in his late 40s who moves from Providence back to Swanley. While delivering packages one day he meets Kevin McNamara, a “silver fox” in his sixties who is newly retired. Kevin had spent his life in Swanley as a lawyer being a mover and shaker in the community. He’s not sure what to do with so much empty time. Kevin divorced his wife 15 years ago and has been da ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Mailman Awais meets silver fox Kevin in the midst of a package delivery. Their chemistry is instant, but Kevin’s bisexuality is newly realized, and Awais has been burned before. There were a number of enjoyable things about this novel-- I liked the idea of a small, multicultural, LGBTQIA+ friendly town with great bakeries, friendly bars, and attentive civic planning. I thought Awais was, for the most part, great: kind, confident, sure of himself and good to his family. Kevin is at times harder t ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
I’m pretty sure that this is the first romance I’ve read dedicated to postal workers. 😊

It’s fitting because mail carrier Awais meets his future love interest, Kevin, when Awais delivers some packages to Kevin’s apartment building. Kevin has never really admitted to himself that he’s interested in men as well as women, but his attraction to Awais can’t be denied. After they sleep together, Kevin becomes uncomfortable and decides not to see Awais again, but that’s easier said than done when they k
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Older romance with a very handsome mail carrier and someone in his 60s realizing he’s bi, in a small delightfully queer Massachusetts town.

The SWEETEST. I love being back in this small town where so many people are queer.

I quite liked Kevin at the end of the first go round, and I’m very pleased with how he’s doing here. Dealing with internalized biphobia SUCKS, I’m glad he’s getting through it.

(Also I really appreciate how much Kevin grew in the last book, so that I can actually root f
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
While this was a sweet read for the holidays, I wanted more time between the two MC's. Kevin, who's been divorced for fifteen years and has been contemplating his bisexuality for even longer than that, and Awais, who's comfortable in his own skin and has moved back after several years away, meet when Awais delivers to his building. While there is a lot of inner dialogue, there wasn't much relationship building. I wanted to see Kevin and Awais connect more through conversation, yet in this story, ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was another cute story set in Swanley, Massachusetts, a small queer community where everybody knows everybody else's business (but not in a bad way).

The story ties into NO PARKING, the previous book set in Swanley, and follows two characters: Kevin, the ex-husband of the main character of NO PARKING, who is figuring out some Stuff about himself; and Awais, the letter carrier he figures that Stuff out with. It is definitely more explicitly sexy than the previous book, so be forewarned. The s
Sarita Chapdelaine
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

This is a short and sweet story with interesting characters and an intriguing storyline. The cultural diversity is great and I like that this small town is so accepting of everyone. Awais and Kevin are complete opposites but I like that they have a strong connection. Kevin has a few decisions to make as he comes to terms with his feelings for Awais. The secondary characters are wonderful and the e
Thieving Magpie
A bit too much and too graphic sex scenes for my taste, but otherwise a sweet little book. A nice quick read, especially during quarantine when you can't do much else. It's not a very complex book, but rather a sweet little entertainment to be read whenever you can make some time for it. It's an easygoing book with no thrill or excessive drama - just pure open fiction.

I received a free ARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer
This book was pretty cute. The story line was a little out there, but that’s something I’ve come to expect in romance novels. The characters were a little hard to follow, there were so many of them. I wish the book had been a little longer to really flesh out the characters and the story a bit more, but all in all a cute sweet read!
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful Swanley book

I just got this book today and already finished it.
I just love this town and the people. I envision Kevin as looking
something like Paul Hollywood from GBBC.
Here's hoping for more stories in Swanley.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5 stars just based on the queer disaster interaction in the excerpt ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kevin is a retired, divorced man in his 60s. He's known as a bit of a ladies' man in his small town, but a goodhearted one. He's certainly never dated a man, but the attraction is instant when he sees Awais, the new mail carrier. And it seems to be mutual. For his part, Awais is newly back in town and trying to figure out where he fits in.

This was an unexpectedly sweet holiday novella. Kevin and Awais both know what they want, and have to decide if being together is part of it. And the cast of f
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

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Give Way is a sweet, short small town romance between Kevin, a retired lawyer, and Awais, a postal worker. When they meet while A
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Valentine (she/her) lives in Boston, where she goes by Lis and spends her time citing obscure postal regulations and arguing with a preschooler. She writes queer joy, often with a speculative twist, and always full of bisexuals.

She serves as Logistics and Fiction Editor for Wizards in Space Literary Magazine, and her work can be found at The Future Fire and Ninestar Press.

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