The Dickens with Love
A quirky holiday romance about Faith, Hope, and…er…glow-in-the-dark condoms!
Three years ago, a scandal cost antiquarian “book hunter” James Winter everything that mattered to him: his job, his lover and his self-respect. But now the rich and unscrupulous Mr. Stephanopoulos has a proposition. A previously unpublished Christmas book by Charles Dickens has turned up in t...more
make the yuletide gay...
aww, i thought this was such a sweet story.
wildly implausible on so many levels, but it's christmas! forget the unlikelihood of troo love occurring in three days, and the consequences of decisions requiring an unhealthy and absolute faith in the goodness of mankind and the most bizarre choice for love-over-duty this side of Bastard Out of Carolina.
and forget...an ocelot??
nah, d ...more
too many extravagantly improbable turns of phrase, up to and including the conflation of fucking with smithing—plus angels, for some reason.
also: way too PC.
can't have it both ways. can't be both escapist romanze fiction and a pamphlet on face-cancer from our fun friends at the US centers for disease control.
and yet—seems like—only people in mm romances and comically undersexed and/or earnestly misinformed teenagers u ...more
Once again welcome to MLE's negative review of the book everyone else loved. I'm your host MLE.
Let's begin shall we.
I will start with the plot. When I was first reading the synopsis the plot sounded intriguing, and I loved the idea of the disgraced book hunter, and the lost Dickens story, but for some reason it ended up not working for me. I think that sex was introduced too early on, and was a distraction from what I liked about the idea of the book rather than something t ...more
Mr. monday will be answering your questions about the yuletide offering from Josh Lanyon entitled The Dickens with Love.
You were assigned to read this and report on your thoughts quite a while ago. Why are you always lagging behind? Your review is overdue.
my apologies. well, here's the review:
i was surprised at how mu ...more
This book had a ton of potential for me. I really liked the concept of this story and the kind of nerdy, bookish main characters. I even enjoyed the writing style in all of its over-thesaurused glory. And I love a sappy, lovey holiday story as much as the next gal, so bonus points for sap-a-tude. However, there were a few issues that I had with this one that I can't overlook.
First of all, the sex scenes. What. The. Eff. Cheesiness overload.
That pump and pull was like a hammer strik ...more
I say it every time, but godddamn Josh Lanyon can string words together and make something more than the sum of the parts. ...more
For example, click on "Popular Highlights" for this book on kindle and you will find:
"Bravery isn't the absence of fear, it's how you deal with being afraid."
Well. That's very nice. I'm glad so many other people found this line really meaningful to them. But I can get that kind of encouragement from watching a documentary on Patton or something. It's hardly the kind of life lesson ...more
Blessedly short. Surprisingly prosaic plot with a mysterious past, dastardly villain, a misunderstanding, and two hot people hooking up. Instead of a sassy gay friend, there is a dumpy hetero friend. There was a lot stuffed into this small story. Twss, with chocolate creme brulee body cream.
The secksy scenes used some odd metaphors. They were also blessedly brief. TMI, but I was kind of relieved that none of them "worked" for me. Exit only!
This is a text in wish fulfillment an ...more
This was a wonderfully romantic story. I loved the way everything unfolded. I loved the slight drama towards the end, and I adored the perfect HEA ending lol.
Sedgwick and James were perfectly believable characters for me, as was the nasty Mr. Stephanopoulos.
I enjoyed finally finding out the big secret with Mr. Stephanopoulos and Sedgwick, I especially liked that it was totally in keeping with the image I had of Stephanopoulos.
I do r ...more
What is going to happen to the book?
What is going to happen to the boys?
What is going to happen to the dream school?
I just don't understand what happened with that end.
I know Lanyon endings are always quick but this one just left me more than wanting it left me stumped. ...more
This might just be the fluffiest, sweetest Lanyon book I've ever read. ...more
James, the narrator, is a hardened man. Of all the things he had in his life, only the love for books has remained. When he meets Sedge, James is a paycheck away from the street. To survive he needs to buy the book for his sleazy client, but first his pride and then his attraction for Sedge get in the way. It's James himself that recognizes that he is not probably a model of integrity, but he acts with his own code of ...more
Personal issues aside, I re-discovered Dickens later in life and found him not half bad. ...more
Josh Lanyon simply makes me believe. Whether it is a hostile ocelot in a weird place or a unexpected love story unlikely to happen. He makes it up, he writes it down - and I want to believe it. When it's Lanyon's work it's guaranteed to be charming, clever, extremely well written and simply compelling. This time it is a story with two guys who turned out to be the ...more
Sweet. Weird. Surreal. The love interest said unforgivable things and yet there was instalove. I kept expecting a paranormal twist. The writing was excellent though. It was just odd.
P.S. He should be wearing light white cotton gloves to handle an old manuscript.
The insta-love was majorly insta but considering it was just over 100 pages long, it worked pretty well. (The sex/story ratio was pretty high for Lanyon, but I'm so not complaining!) I loved the analogy of sex to the airplane ride, she does a great job with these and it reminded me so much of that one in the Dangerous Ground story where she compares it to driving a race care ( ...more
This had the bones of a good story but unfortunately what was here was just meh for me. Neither MC was very likable. I have no idea what they saw in each other and felt no chemistry between them. This was inst-love on crack. The ending was super unbelievable. As I write this I realize I didn't like anything about this except for the ocelot.
Perhaps it was the 1st person POV of James Winter, or perhaps it was because one cannot help but sympathize with the unfortunates, but whatever the case is, I found him a sympathetic character. Although he stated that he probably deserved the scorn of his former colleagues because of his ...more
Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the f ...more