I met Clare at UKMeet and she was just lovely and so funny. I didn’t want to have to get out the reviewer’s machete having just made friends. Luckily, I didn’t have to this novella is wonderful!
Title: No Angel
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Amber Allure
Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Felix’s life is full, juggling a supportive homelife for his disabled brother, a job as a care home assistant, a brand new boyfriend—and now he’s had his arse pinched by a lewd gay ghost on the late night bus!
If only that were the end of it. But Bryn the ghost follows him home and wheedles himself into Felix’s life. That includes sharing his shameless opinions on the patronising way Felix treats his brother, on how Felix should eat more food and put some flesh on his bones, and—worst of all—exactly how Felix should be getting down to it with his seriously sexy new boyfriend Mickey! And in between all that, Bryn finds time to leer at Felix himself and make outrageous suggestions on what they’d be doing if Bryn wasn’t…well…ghostly.
Felix considers he’s a tolerant guy. But the last thing he needs now is to get wrapped up in the mystery of a missing teenage girl, the inhabitants of a local squat, and conversations with a fire-and-brimstone old preacher. Yet with a nudge or six from Bryn, the help of his brother Patrick, and some cosy loving from Mickey, Felix starts to wonder how he ever thought his life was busy before!
This novella is a complete story, a compact little piece of humorous, romantic, lump in the throat heaven. The humour comes from the wonderful exchanges between the slightly disenchanted Felix and his ghostly companion, Bryn. Bryn’s voice is written so you cannot help but hear the welsh accent in your head, when reading and he is definitely, no angel. This story has the mystery of Bryn’s ghostly attachment to Felix; the realisation of a true romance between Felix and Mickey; the sorting out of some brotherly difficulties, and the investigation and solution of a real life mystery. Clare writes with the assurance that comes with having been published in several genres over a period of time. There is a subtlety to the written emotion so the switch from humour to pathos catches you unawares. I will leave you with a short passage from No Angel that gave me a lump in my throat, read this and I guarantee you will understand why,
But we’re friends?
Of course!’ Felix was surprised at how strongly he felt. ‘Of course we are.’
I don’t know how long I’ll be around, of course…Bryn said this everyday, too, at some stage or another.
‘For as long as you are,’ Felix said firmly. ‘You’ll always be family.’
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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