- File Size: 2237 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2 edition (August 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074NDQ4P8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Between a Rock and a Hard Place (London Lads Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Will has an opportunity to interview for a promotion to corporate headquarters in the states and Will is awaiting his return at Glasgow airport so they can begin then annual vacation with old friends. Due to delays Garry is stuck at the airport in Glasgow waiting in uncomfortable seats and stewing over a pass he made at Will and Will;s possible promotion and how all these things will affect their life.
To make things worse two children Emily and Max decide to befriend him and proceed to tell him how the world works and make a literal mess of him and his luggage. After awhile he finds he likes the strange company and they help him while away the time.
The children disappear just as Will's plane arrives and he stumbles to apologize and make things better with Will. Will however has a few surprises of his own. an interesting story without one sex scene but it's just what actually fits the story. Good read!
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is the fifth and final book in the London Lads series. As with the others, it is a quick, short read, with a lot of humor, little angst, and a sweet – if predictable – happy ever after.
The timeline of this story was quite different: the entire thing takes place in a period of about 12 hours, while Garry is waiting in Glasgow airport to meet up with Will, who doesn't show up until the very end of the book. He has to endure the agony of uncomfortable chairs, overpriced airport food, incessant noise, and stressed out, rude travelers. Most of the humor is about being stuck in an airport, a feeling that most of us can definitely sympathize with!
Garry and Will have been best friends for years, and though both men are gay, they haven't ever dated. They spend all their time with each other, to the point that their office mates assume they are a couple. When Will is put up for promotion, Garry is thrilled for him, until he finds out the new job will be in New York. Will has been in New York for several weeks, and is flying back to Glasgow to meet Garry for their traditional holiday with their university friends, and Garry is anxiously waiting for him at the airport, trying to figure out what he really feels for Will, and what he's going to do about it.
Despite trying to mind his own business, Garry wakes from an uncomfortable nap to find 7 year old Emily and her older brother Max have decided to adopt him. Garry doesn't do kids, but they stick to him like burrs and he can't shake them off. For hours. The kids almost seem like a figment of his imagination, or a bad dream, because they are shockingly intuitive at times, and as irritating as the rest of the airport at others. They end up drawing him out of himself, and he talks about Will, and by the end of the long wait, he has finally managed to not only clarify how he feels about Will – he loves him and is in love with him – but has decided that he needs to man up and act on the feeling. So all is prepared for a wonderful reunion when Will finally arrives.
I have enjoyed the stories, but I still think they would be much better combined into a single book, instead of separate short stories. I don't think they are worth the price individually, but as a compilation, I would have enjoyed them.
Garry, from 'A Rock and a Hard Place' by Clare London, is sitting in an airport, anxiously waiting for his friend, Will. Will and Garry have been friends for a long time; they do almost everything together, except for being a couple. Recently, Will has successfully gone for an interview in New York. Garry is happy for Will's success, but he's also sad to think their closeness will end. While Garry contemplates his situation with Will, two young people, Emily and Max, appear. What seems like a nuisance at first soon becomes good company. As children often do, they demand straight answers to their pointed questions, causing Garry to focus on thoughts and feelings he's been avoiding, ones for which the answers are right before his eyes all the time.
I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading Clare's witty, humorous story, with a good reminder: Don't search for answers far away, they may already be available nearby. The kids were great and, as usually happens in a story with children, they stole the show. Emily and Max had the ability to cut through Garry's indecision in a way he had not been able to do by himself. Emily's “talent” for confusing words was hilarious. I enjoyed attempting to translate what she meant to say, before her brother did. This just may be my favorite of the London Lads books. Thanks, Clare, for another charming, entertaining story. I adore your sense of humor. Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Review.
For the majority of the story, we don’t get to see Garry and Will together except for a few flashbacks; most of the plot centers on the kids Garry meets chatting with him and essentially helping him work out his thoughts about his best friend. I thought Emily’s word switches were funny, and I was trying to work them out right along with Garry.
While I wish there would have been more on-page time between Garry and Will, this story was more focused on Garry figuring things out for himself (with a bit of prompting by the kids) so it was like a mini self-discovery. Between A Rock and A Hard Place was a 4-star read for me, and is a good way to spend an hour or two when you want to read something light and sweet…with a tiny bit of spice thrown in at the end. Even though it’s short and sweet, there's still enough adult language and some sexual content that would make this book for readers 18+.