Author: Suki Fleet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Jan has given up on love, at least the romantic kind.He loves his five-year-old son Henry more than anything.
But when Henry starts school, Jan is introduced to Matthew, a very sweet but shy young man who helps out in Henry’s class. Although he tries desperately to ignore his attraction, Jan finds himself falling for Matthew—he’s everything Jan needs.
But amid creepy silent phone calls and possible break-ins, things start to fall slowly apart for Jan. Matthew wants to trust Jan, but the skeleton Jan has been trying to keep buried in his closet and the guilt he feels threatens to destroy everything good in his life.
This little novella may short, but it is sweet and charming, brimming with the insecurities of new relationships and the ghosts of old ones.
Jan and Matthew are lovely characters, shy, reticent, and unsure about themselves and each other. Jan is coping with the backlash of a broken relationship, and Matthew has his own past issues that continue to haunt him and cause him to question his interactions with others. I loved the dance these two did around each other and how the author made me feel their vulnerabilities so acutely. Despite the length of this novella, the characters are drawn in rich detail, and it is easy to fall in love with them as they carefully tiptoe towards each other and the possibility of a romance. Secondary characters also play crucial roles, and I absolutely adored Henry and his endearing idiosyncrasies. The bond he forges with Matthew is heartwarming, and his desire to please those around him is touching and realistic.
I only wish there could have been more detail about Jan’s previous relationship. Without divulging too much, I think it would have been helpful to see a bit more of how the past played out in order to understand his character the major conflict a bit better.
Overall, however, the author did a beautiful job of creating a set of imperfect characters that work perfectly together. The story is engaging and tinged with suspense. I highly recommend Skeleton and encourage readers who want to read a quick yet deeply satisfying m/m romance to pick it up and enjoy.
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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