Title: New Lease of Life
Author Name & Publisher: Lillian Francis (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 25th 2015- 220 pages
Phillip used to laugh a lot, back when his friends called him Pip. However the good deed that left him hospitalized not only marred his body, it stripped him of his good humor too. Ever since, he has pushed his friends away and shut out the world. Donating his vintage clothing to a charity shop should have been the final act in a year-long campaign to sever the links with the man Pip used to be, but the stranger on his doorstep awakens feelings in Pip that he hasn’t experienced since the incident that left him angry at the world and reliant on the cold metal of the hideous hospital-issue crutch.
Colby forces his way into Pip’s life, picking at the scab of his past. Colby isn’t interested in Pip’s money or his expensive address. He has only one goal: to make Pip smile again. With every moment in Pip’s presence, Colby chips away at the walls Pip has built around himself. Pip knows it’s impossible to fight his attraction with Colby’s sunny disposition casting light into the darkness in his soul.
I really liked this story. It was drawn out, but not too much and you really got to see the characters come out of their shells and develop.
I loved how Colby did not give up on Pip and was sneaky, snarky, funny, loving and compassionate to Pip, even if it did involve stealing and fibbing. Colby is a large man and despite his looks, he has found that many people are not after his kind nature or mind, but after what he can do for them. I think it was nice of him to find someone who not only wanted nothing to do with him in the beginning, but then, once Pip saw Colby for who he really was, opened Colby up to a different world of love and kindness.
The issues that Pip have are deeply embedded. Not only is he wallowing in self pity, he does so by pushing everyone away and then wallows in his solitude. He was not my favorite character to start off with – however, I did like his snarky attitude and the fact that he was not scared of Colby.
The two of them together – watching Pip come out of his shell and Colby learn to respect Pip, but do so in a way that also pushed his boundaries was great to read.
Both were given a new lease on life and it was a sweet, not a lot of drama story.
Phillip used to be a completely different person until something painful happens to him and causes him to change… Colby is attracted to Pip and tries to bring him back to what he was before. Will he be able to?
I want to start of this review by saying I thought this two men together was just so sweet! Colby was such a strong character and the way he was with Pip was so sweet! Pip has gone through a lot and the way he slowly starts to open up more with Colby was awesome!
I really liked the way this author wrote this characters and this story! You get some angst with this book but you also get so much sweet too!
So I will leave this review with…I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!
Lillian Francis is an English writer who likes to dabble in many genres but always seems to return to the here and now.
Her name may imply a grand dame in pink chiffon and lace, but Lillian is more at home in jeans, Converse, and the sort of T-shirts that often need explaining to the populous at large but will get a fist bump at Comic-Con. Lillian is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more than settling down with a comic or a good book, except maybe writing. Given a notepad, pen, her Kindle, and an infinite supply of chocolate Hob Nobs and she can lose herself for weeks. Romance was never her reading matter of choice, so it came as a great surprise to all concerned, including herself, to discover a romance was exactly what she’d written, and not the rollicking spy adventure or cozy murder mystery she always assumed she’d write. Luckily there is always room for romance no matter what plot bunny chooses to bite her, so never say never to either of those stories appearing.
Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a windswept desolate moor or in an elaborate shack on the edge of a beach somewhere, depending on her mood. And while she’d love for the heroes of her stories to either be chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons more often than not they are doing something far less erotic like running charity shops and shoveling elephant shit.
Drawn to the ocean, although not in a Reginald Perrin sort of way, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.