Friday, December 7, 2018

Old Acquaintance by Annabelle Jacobs Blog Tour

There are two sides to every story, even those buried in the past.

When Sam spots the hot guy moving in next door, he’s all for going round to introduce himself. That soon changes when it turns out his new neighbour is Charles Whitmore, an old school acquaintance. Sam didn’t like him back then, for good reason, and fifteen years haven’t altered that.

Splitting up from his long-term boyfriend means a move across the city for Charlie. As luck would have it, his immediate neighbour is a guy he went to school with, Sam Gellar. While Sam is less than welcoming, his best mate is more than happy to invite Charlie into their social circle. Whatever problem Sam has with him, Charlie resolves to get to the bottom of it because, frosty beginnings aside, Charlie likes him.

With Christmas just around the corner, fate pushes them together, and they get on much better than they ever did at school. Despite his efforts not to, Sam develops feelings for Charlie, and they appear to be reciprocated. If Sam wants to take things further, he needs to either confront Charlie about their past—a past Charlie seems to have forgotten entirely—or let it go and move on. Sam knows deep down that he can’t let it go, but can’t find the right time to bring it up either.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 Holiday Warmth stars

Old Acquaintance was the perfect way to spend a chilly afternoon, while donning Christmas jammies, with the tree flickering, and the virtual yule log burning on the TV. In case you're curious, that is indeed how I spent yesterday afternoon, indulging in the holiday spirit while engrossed in some yummy escapism.

Sam and his best mate are lounging around the house when a newcomer arrives to move in to the apartment next door. Come to find out, it's a guy they had gone to school with, one who left a bad taste in Sam's mouth. Too bad Charlie grew up to have an even nicer personality than his equally nice body, making it impossible for Sam to hold a grudge. There's no avoiding Charlie at their complex, the fact Sam is now renovating Charlie's sister's house means they have to spend far too much time together. This all creates a hearty portion of angsty deliciousness.

With a small cast of characters, featuring friends from school and close relatives, this holiday novella is warm and romancy, but still manages to bring depth from fear of being on the rebound and building new relationships.

Definitely recommend to those who love MM romance, looking for some stress-free escapism to get into the holiday spirit.

I think I will probably be in the minority about this story. I was honestly bored through most of the book. I tried to connect with Charlie and Sam, but I just couldn't. Sam is holding a grudge since school and he can't muster the balls to confront Charlie until well over halfway through the book. I wanted to reach through my e-reader and shake some sense into both of them. Ugh... this book had potential, it just didn't hit the mark for me.

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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