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The Dickens with Love

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,923 ratings  ·  253 reviews

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 A previously unpublished Christmas book by Charles Dickens has turned up in t

Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Samhain
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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 ocelot??

nah, d
Julio Genao
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
it's a wee sheet of latex you put over a pussy before you put your mouth on it.


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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm, hated


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
mark monday
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to mark by: RBRS Assignment #3
This week's Guest Dear Abby is mark monday, a public policy director and "confirmed bachelor" from San Francisco.

Mr. monday will be answering your questions about the yuletide offering from Josh Lanyon entitled
The Dickens with Love.


Dear Abby,

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.



Dear RBRS,

my apologies. well, here's the review:

i was surprised at how mu
Kat Kennedy
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**2.5 stars**

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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books, holidays
There are dicks in this books. And fucking. A Christmas miracle! Dicks! Fuck! Not a throbbing manhood in sight, no disturbing portrayals of sex as an out-of-body mystical experience, and a blessed absence of euphemisms. Why aren't more sex scenes written in everyday language instead of vulvas-flowering-like-tropical-orchids-purple-prose? I mean, it still wasn't interesting, but at least I didn't laugh myself sick and feel embarrassed for the author. Bonus points for including condoms and a sensi ...more
Emma Sea
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xmas, novella, kindle-loan
That's it: I can read no further Xmas stories this year as that is the most perfect Xmas story ever. Melting true love and sticky waffles.

I say it every time, but godddamn Josh Lanyon can string words together and make something more than the sum of the parts.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: smut, christmas, humor, rbrs
I think I did my part to dilute the importance found in underlining meaningful passages on this kindle edition.

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
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: babble-added, rbrs
RBRS #...lost track

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
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deeze by: Mistral
Josh Lanyon is starting to become a pretty safe bet for me now.

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
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I read recently, so simple and yet so wonderfully done I had to read it twice in one go within twenty - four hours. There were so many things I immensely enjoyed. The story is written in a kind, loving tone of voice that fits its theme perfectly well. The author plays with style and language, effectively creating a truely Dickensian feeling, even with using a modern setting and modern language. (By example almost every person's name in the story could have been the ...more
Ilsa Bick
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay, I’m just stupid, but I had no idea this had anything to do with gay erotica. None. Zip. I didn’t know the author and only downloaded the story because the premise–the discovery of a previously unknown Christmas book by Dickens–interested me. Having always loved Dickens (and been SO disappointed when I got through all his novels and realized there wouldn’t be any more), I’ve toyed off and on with doing something either set in or involving Victorian England for years. So I came to this hones ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, tis-the-season
What just happened? I am completely baffled by that ending. It wasn't just abrupt it was also confusing and totally had my head spinning. I don't think I get it.

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.
Heather C
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella, ebook, amazon, m-m, re-read
This was a reread of the first Josh Lanyon story I ever read; so it holds a special place in my heart. It's still a great holiday story even though both of the MCs are assholes. Even assholes deserve a little love sometimes.  ...more
I've always wanted to call someone a liar, a cheat, and a whore, all in the same sentence.

This might just be the fluffiest, sweetest Lanyon book I've ever read.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Lovely! I finished this book with a lonely tear running down my face, perfect!

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
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's Josh Lanyon's with love :). There is no mystery in here, just plain contemporary holiday romance between a book hunter and a British professor -- and a lost manuscript of Dickens. It's a lovely story, it puts smile on my face. Because even if it's a novella, it's well written, with good insight of both characters. It's Christmas ... faith and love to all man kind, right? ^_^ ...more
This year as I had finished my Reading Challenge early, I'd planned on doing something different and read some Christmas related books over the holidays. Or maybe winter related books, with lots of snow. Here, you can't have a white Christmas, so I was planning on having it through books. This book is the first one I had saved for this purpose. And while I've enjoyed it, it isn't my favourite Mrs. Lanyon story. I'm not too fond of instant love and this is what this one is about. It worked for me ...more
Angel Martinez
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dickens was once a word from which I cringed. It's probably a crime in some countries to force people to read his work too young, before any understanding of the history and social advocacy could be properly understood. Couple that with the memories of a too-smug, arrogant acquaintance of my youth who lived and breathed Dickens and acted as if no one, but NO ONE could possibly understand them like he could.

Personal issues aside, I re-discovered Dickens later in life and found him not half bad.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This holiday novella is a total and complete delight, a tender romance with also a tense little mystery underneath. Lanyon here tells the story of James, an antique book hunter who is on a mission to gauge the validity of a newly discovered novel by Charles Dickens. The owner of the book is a professor from England, strikingly handsome but unfortunately cold and aloof, and he seems to take a fast dislike to James. All seems lost on this mission, and James is settling into the gloomy thoughts of ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ihana! That's "lovely" and "sweet" in Finnish. There really are no other words that better describe this story: Lovely. Sweet. Ihana.

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
Kaje Harper
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
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Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely novella, quirky, fun, sexy and very romantic, but still tender and poignant in parts. It works perfectly as a seasonal offering, but you could read it any time and still get drawn into this enchanting story about two men who connect ( very sensually!) over an unpublished Dickens Christmas manuscript, and find love -and redemption - unexpectedly because of it. Everything you would want from a christmas story plus some things you wouldn't expect, think Ocelots, glow in the dark 'a ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
4.44 stars

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.

So I didn't read the blurb before picking this book up, I just saw a Lanyon book and figured why not. So reading a Christmas story in May wasn't really ideal - I mean here I am longing for summer and sun, and reading about christmas and snow... Anyway, part from that, this was a quick read where an unknown and unpublished manuscipt by Dickens surfaces. I liked the general idea of it and it had a lot of potential, but it didn't work all the way. The story with the manuscript was interesting, but ...more
What a great story! I loved the creativity and the characters were so interesting. Perfect little one for Christmas time.

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 (
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok

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.
The UHQ Nasanta
The problem I have with novellas, particularly holiday romance novellas, is that as soon as I have started to settle in for the ride, they tell me happily ever after, the end. Nonetheless, I did enjoy this one.

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
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Feel good romance about a down on his luck bookseller and a tourist selling the rarest of Dickens books. Prose is lovely - smooth, rich, vibrant without being over the top. Hot scenes with Lanyon are always hot and male and no funny strange words or odd moments that were not supposed to be there. I agree with Segwick when he says James is confident about sex - in general that's what comes off in Lanyon's books I've read so far - the scenes are part of the story, an extension of the character and ...more
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Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance.

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

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