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You Can’t Walk Away from Love.
Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he’s ever loved—until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything….
But You Can Walk Toward It…
Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he’s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love—if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears….
My first read from Summer Devon and I am declaring myself a fan. I love historical romance and this story, while short was simply gorgeous and I am a bit of a mess from it.
Page one had me tearing up as we hear from Giles and his reason for taking to the streets at night to walk. The man has been bereft with the sudden passing of his friend and his feelings beyond friendship for Wool. He can’t reconcile the loss of Wool so he walks… until that early morning he intends to leave and ends up sitting on his porch and meets the lamplighter.
If he could not think of the past without sorrow for the future without dreary dismay, then he must exist in the moment.
John, I was in love with you when I met you through Giles and then we get your POV which has me sighing thinking about it. You noticed your “ghost” every night he walked unaware of you or anyone else around him, as you lit and extinguished the lamp lights. The casual way you approached him though your head was full of stories with who he could be, the man you secretly wanted to know why he walked and the man you secretly wanted. It was melancholy to hear of the lamplighter’s story that no one but children waited for you to appear, until the next night when Giles waited, for you.
This story, again I am going to say it was gorgeous. It was short, far too short for my taste as I was in love with these two quite quickly, but it was beautiful. I loved the walks the men took as John did his job and go to know one another. How they danced around the attraction, not knowing if the other felt the same way toward their own sex and then that moment of a brief and slight touch. Good lord that was sensual and hot and swoony and perfection. The feelings I needed were all there with this story and I fell hard for it. It wasn’t overly sexual, yet it was sexy. It had just enough layers of both characters that they weren’t two dimensional and the attraction, you could feel it coming of the page fast and believable. I adored this.
The Gentleman and the Lamplighter may be my first from the author but it won’t be my last. I am off to stalk her backlist right now. I loved the writing, it was beautiful and felt authentic to the period in time where these two men could meet in such a lovely way, find their way to one another and hopefully plan a future – a long future together.