Between a Rock and a Hard Place (London Lads #5) by Clare London


Garry’s at the end of his tether. He’s waiting at Glasgow Airport to meet his friend Will, on their way to a holiday in a Scottish Highlands hotel. Now there’s a ten-hour delay to incoming flights, the seat in the lounge is more like an instrument of torture, and he’s beyond tired of airport food.

He’s also dreading having to apologise for the pass he recently made at Will, his colleague at a London bank, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. Now Will’s been offered a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, Garry realises it may be the end of their close friendship—let alone anything more.

To add to Garry’s stress, he’s treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he’s encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey he’d really like them to take together.




Cover Design: Tibbs Design

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Clare London

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all I loved the fact that it was set in the UK, where I’m from, which made a nice change and both characters were very likeable. The story for the most part is about Garry, waiting in an airport lounge for his colleague and friend, Will. They are due to go on a break to the Scottish Highlands. As there’s a long delay for incoming flights, we get to hear what’s going through Garry’s mind as he sit’s waiting… you see Garry made a pass at his friend Will and he’s all torn up about it and expecting the worst when they meet up. To add to this, Will is considering moving with his job to New York, that’s over three thousand miles away from Garry who understandably is in turmoil due to his burgeoning feelings and the possible loss of his friend. On top of all this, Garry meets two children as he sits pondering, Max and Emily who are rather more insightful than their age would suggest. There’s a lot of confusion and surprise and happiness to follow. I really liked the conversation between the 2 MC’s when they finally met and discussed how they really felt, it definitely gave me the feels and I liked how Clare London brought it all together. I laughed at the conversations with Max and Emily and I really felt for Garry, all anxious and whittling away whilst waiting for Will which I’m sure resonated with most of when we’ve put our hearts on the line. I really liked this short, sweet snapshot of a moment in time and would definitely read more from the author.

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. Sheís written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say sheís just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, sheís happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

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