Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Review & Giveaway: On a Midnight Clear By Lily Morton

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On a Midnight Clear
By Lily Morton

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It can safely be said that Lord Barnaby Greenwood is not having the best of Christmases.

He’s penniless, up to his eyeballs in debt, and about to lose his estate. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that when a local property developer offers a lot of money to buy King’s Wood from him, Barnaby is very tempted. But his father had always impressed on him that the green wood was sacred and must be protected at all costs, so he finds himself saying no.

He knows this will result in the loss of his home, but duty comes before everything. However, that fateful decision leads instead to a magical Christmas for Barnaby, complete with an old god who grants him a favour, and a beautiful statue that comes to life.

Cosmo is perfect for him. He’s funny and kind and completely enraptured with Barnaby, and for the first time in his life, Barnaby falls in love. But how can this lead to anything but heartache, when on the last stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, Cosmo will go back to being a statue and take Barnaby’s heart with him?

From bestselling author Lily Morton comes a truly magical romantic comedy.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“You do look rather familiar,” I muse and then jerk as I glance behind him. The statue plinth is empty. Where the figure of my marble friend used to lie is now just a marble bed with ruffled sheets.

“What the fuck?” I shout and push past him. I run my hands over the marble, feeling it cold and silky under my fingers. I spin to face him. “Where has he gone?”

“The statue?” I nod, and he bites his lip, amusement written all over his handsome face. “Why, he is right here, Barnaby Greenwood.”

“Yes, but where is the—?” I come to an abrupt stop, staring at him. My eyes run over him, cataloguing the long wavy hair, the sharp face and full lips, the muscled body, the sandals. Then, finally, they stop on the dog at my feet, which gives me an encouraging bark.

“No,” I say. “It can’t be. You’re a statue.” I look back at the plinth and then at the figure of my statue who has come alive. “It’s not possible,” I say slowly.

He shrugs. “But yet it is. His magic is powerful. That is good. I’m delighted you recognise me.” He gives me a happy, sunny smile, his eyes twinkling.

“Recognise you? I recognise that I’ve apparently gone completely barmy. It won’t be a debtor’s prison for me. Just the asylum.”

Astonishingly, he laughs, and it’s just as wonderful a sound as it was before. “It will be neither,” he declares sweepingly.

“It certainly will because this isn’t happening.” I feel suddenly dizzy, and my hand shoots out to grab the marble headboard of the bed on the empty plinth for balance. “I’m in my office at the moment having a bit of a turn that is leading me to believe that statues come alive and talk to me. Fucking hell.” My voice is rising, and I shut up quickly.

He smiles, and reaching his hands up in the air, he stretches. It’s an extraordinarily erotic move that makes the muscles play under the tight layer of skin, and I find myself watching him boldly. If I’ve lost my mind, I can’t think of a better illusion.

I pause, my brain registering something. I look down at my hand on the marble surface, and I run my fingers gently over it. It’s cool beneath my fingers and feels startlingly real. “I shouldn’t be able to feel this if I’m in a dream,” I muse out loud.

He cocks his head to one side, and I remember something. I run my hands frantically over the marble headboard again. There’s a slight chip here that I did once when practising my cricket swing. I search over the surface, and when I find it, I press down. The marble is rough under my finger, and the sharp edge cuts me when I press harder. I stare at the blood so red against the pale marble and feel the sharp sting of the cut.

“Oh my god,” I say slowly. “This isn’t a dream.”

 

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Review

This book was quite different from the usual Lily Morton books, in a magical way. I really liked Cosmo and Barnaby together.

The idea of a statue coming to life is fascinating and it was pretty fun. This  book is filled with holiday cheer and magic and it’s perfect for a Christmas cozy morning.

It has a lot of sweet and tender moments and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a holiday romance with magic and so much fluff.

*ARC provided by the author via Gay romance Review Tours in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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LilyMorton-Logo-TaglineAbout Lily:

Lily is a bestselling gay romance author. She writes love stories filled with heat and humour.

She 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 got her Kindle.

Lily 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 would she get to spend her time with hot and funny men?

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – Chocolate Baileys.

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