Merry Measure by Lily Morton
Arlo Wright’s introduction to his sexuality came when he saw his older brother’s best friend, Jack Cooper, in his sweaty football kit. Unfortunately, he didn’t have long to enjoy the revelation because he promptly knocked himself out on a table.
Relations between them have never really moved on from that auspicious beginning. Arlo is still clumsy, and Jack is still as handsome and unobtainable as ever.
However, things look like they’re starting to change when Arlo finds himself sharing a room with Jack while on holiday in Amsterdam at Christmas. Will the festive spirit finally move them towards each other, or is Arlo just banging his head against a wall this time?
From bestselling author, Lily Morton comes a warm romantic comedy set in chilly Amsterdam.
He looks up at the Departures screen. “We’re boarding,” he says, standing up and gathering his bag in his usual hyper-efficient manner.
I swallow hard. “Oh, are we really? How super.”
He grins down at me. “Come on. Ninety minutes and it’ll all be over.”
I pause. “What? Life?”
He blanches. “No, I meant the flight.”
My stomach immediately springs a nest of baby birds. “Oh absolutely,” I say heartily. I get to my feet and look out of the window at my fate. “Well, it could be worse. At least we’re not flying in that old banger.” I point to a small plane sitting on the tarmac.
He looks beyond me and bites his lip. “Oh no, of course not.”
I stare at him. “Oh my God,” I say faintly. “We are flying on that, aren’t we?”
He holds his hands up to forestall my almost certain attack of the vapours. “They’re excellent planes, Arlo. We’ll be absolutely fine.”
“It’s got propellers,” I say far too loudly.
He grabs my bag, hanging it from my shoulder, and wraps my coat around my shoulders as if caping a superhero. “It’ll be fine,” he says firmly. “You want to go to Amsterdam at Christmas, don’t you?”
“Yes, but is it possible to walk there?”
“It’d be hell on your shoe leather, and you wouldn’t be back in time for the new school term.”
“You think you’re dissuading me with that, but you’re not,” I inform him, obeying his guiding hand and joining the queue of people waiting to get on the grimy death trap. Everyone looks far too perky and happy. I look around for a fellow sufferer and find one in the form of the woman in front of me who is visibly shaking.
“Yes, but what if a bird flies into one of those propellers?” she says too loudly, judging by the glare that she’s receiving from an air hostess.
The people around us shift uneasily, but I nod approvingly. And then her question sinks in. “Oh God,” I say faintly, fumbling in my messenger bag and retrieving my pills.
“What are you taking?” Jack asks immediately, a look of concern on his face like he thinks I’m throwing a handful of ecstasy tablets down my throat. Not that I wouldn’t be tempted if I thought they’d do the trick.
“Valium,” I say, popping one from the blister pack and swallowing it dry. “The doctor prescribed them.”
“Couldn’t you try something else? Like hypnosis?”
“Only if you fancy trying to calm down hysterics at fifty billion feet in the air.”
“Thirty-one thousand feet. We’d be in space, otherwise.”
“Oh, fuck. Now you tell me that.” I shake my head. “We’re going to be flying too low. Can this day get any worse?”
The woman in front of us moans in agreement.
This is such a perfect Christmas read! Filled with sweetness, humour, pining and warmth, this book will turn you into mush even if you’re a Grinch!
I adored Arlo and Jack. The bestfriend’s brother trope is so well done with no unnecessary amount of drama and angst. The descriptions of the beautiful places in Amsterdam really makes it feel like you’re right there with them. The bicycles, canals, cafes and museums all gave this holiday romance a magical feeling.
I loved Arlo’s brother Tom and his boyfriend Bee. I almost died of laughter when Bee’s real name was revealed. Why would someone do that to their child?
I’m a sucker for anything that is written by Lily and this one is no different. Hilarious and sweet and steamy, this is a perfect book for Christmas. The epilogue made me so happy and the bonus scene was simply perfect. (from the author newsletter)
Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a lighthearted novel with a bit of Christmas cheer!
*ARC provided by the author via Gay Romance Review Tours in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
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Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!
She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.