Book Reviews

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (London Lads 5) by Clare London at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-October-2017

Book Blurb

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.




First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010.

Book Review

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley

Garry, from 'A Rock and a Hard Place' by Clare London, is sitting in an airport, anxiously waiting for his friend, Will.  Will and Garry have been friends for a long time; they do almost everything together, except for being a couple. Recently, Will has successfully gone for an interview in New York. Garry is happy for Will's success, but he's also sad to think their closeness will end. While Garry contemplates his situation with Will, two young people, Emily and Max, appear. What seems like a nuisance at first soon becomes good company. As children often do, they demand straight answers to their pointed questions, causing Garry to focus on thoughts and feelings he's been avoiding, ones for which the answers are right before his eyes all the time.

I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading Clare's witty, humorous story, with a good reminder: Don't search for answers far away, they may already be available nearby. The kids were great and, as usually happens in a story with children, they stole the show. Emily and Max had the ability to cut through Garry's indecision in a way he had not been able to do by himself. Emily's “talent” for confusing words was hilarious. I enjoyed attempting to translate what she meant to say, before her brother did. This just may be my favorite of the London Lads books. Thanks, Clare, for another charming, entertaining story. I adore your sense of humor.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 61 pages/19598 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-August-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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