Book Reviews

Serendipity Develops by Liam Livings at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-January-2016

Book Blurb

Garage mechanic David and office worker Christian met a few weeks ago, thrown together at Christmas through a mixture of luck and fate. They felt an instant spark for one another, but didn’t want to rush into bed until they were ready. Christian's emotions are all over the place, as he's still hurt from his parents rejecting him last Christmas.

Cathy works with Christian and she's worried about what he's telling their colleagues about his relationship with David; things can't be moving that fast, can they? Are they really planning on moving in together and adopting babies already?

She isn’t the only one worried. David begins to wonder if Christian is loving him too much, too soon. His friend Tony thinks they’re rushing things, and suggests dumping Christian, whose strange behaviour has David on edge. Is it too much for him to cope with? Or will they be able to work things out after all?

Sequel to Christmas Serendipity

Book Review

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book because I liked office worker Christian and garage mechanic David when I first met them in ‘Christmas Serendipity’ and catching up with them in ‘The Next Christmas’, set a year later, was wonderful. But – there was a whole year of developments “missing” in between those two events. ‘Serendipity Develops’ gave me a better idea of the trials and tribulations Christian and David went through before they ended up spending Christmas with Christian’s parents. And what a year that was!

Christian is the kind of guy who jumps before he looks. He is enthusiastic, has a vivid imagination, and whether it’s a relationship or taking care of David when he is ill, Christian is there 110 percent. In fact he gets so involved in the version of events inside his head that he occasionally leaves reality behind, so to say, and others wonder what happened that they missed. Christian knows he has issues, and talks to a therapist when it gets too bad, but it’s not something he deals with easily. He also means well, and gets hurt when David pushes him back, but he tries.

David loves Christian to bits, there is no doubt about it. But he also enjoys being on his own after his ex left, and wants his freedom to “breathe”. Christian moving in right away, no matter how well they get along, is not on David’s wish list. David has a tendency to let things slide, so by the time he speaks up, he feels more anger than is probably healthy. I was grateful that his friend Tony was there for him – Tony has a great head on his shoulders and provides excellent perspective.

Tony is a brilliant secondary character. He isn’t just a great friend who gives good advice, he is also a great “buffer” when David meets Christian’s parents – that scene where Tony explains “the facts of gay life today” to Christian’s completely prejudiced father is hilarious! Without Tony’s sense of humor that situation could have easily derailed and become quite hurtful and ugly.

If you like stories about real men who deal with everyday issues, if a British setting appeals to you, and if you’re looking for a read that is entertaining, touching, and focuses on a quietly growing love between two very different men, then you will probably like this novella. I hope there will be more stories about Christian and David!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 20357 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-January-2016
Price $3.99 ebook
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