Title: Yuletide Truce
Author: Sandra Schwab
Release Date (Print and e-book): September 22nd, 2017
Length: 18,000 words
Sub Genre: historical romance, Victorian romance, mm romance, holiday romance
It’s December, Alan “Aigee” Garmond’s favorite time of the year, when the window display of the small bookshop where he works fills up with crimson Christmas books and sprays of holly. Everything could be perfect — if it weren’t for handsome Christopher Foreman, the brilliant writer for the fashionable magazine About Town, who has taken an inexplicable and public dislike to Aigee’s book reviews.
But why would a man such as Foreman choose to target reviews published in a small bookshop’s magazine? Aigee is determined to find out. And not, he tells himself, just because he finds Foreman so intriguing.
Aigee’s quest leads him from smoke-filled ale-houses into the dark, dingy alleys of one of London’s most notorious rookeries. And then, finally, to Foreman. Will Aigee be able to wrangle a Yuletide truce from his nemesis?
What Sandra Schwab Said About the Book:
Yuletide Truce is a feel-good enemies-to-lovers holiday romance that takes you on a sweeping journey to Victorian London, to fog-filled streets and smoke-filled taverns, to Fleet Street, where news are made, and to Bethnal Green, where once a crime lord ruled as supreme master. Meet those who criticized a rich ruling class that clung to its old privileges, and those who eked out a meagre livelihood on the streets of the metropolis. Yuletide Truce not a story about rich people, but a story about two ordinary men — because everybody deserves a happily-ever-after, and I want to challenge the idea that it’s somehow only straight, white, rich people whose stories deserve to be told.
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Foreman brushed a hand through his hair. “Does that mean I can no longer sharpen my pen on your reviews?”
Aigee’s lips twitched. Suddenly, he felt quite lighthearted, almost daring. As if anything might be possible.
As if this little room had been touched by some Christmas magic.
As if he might take the boldest chance of all…
“Oh, I’m sure you’ll have no difficulties in finding something else for sharpening your pen,” he said. “After all, the lashings of your pen and tongue are renowned.”
Foreman snorted. “It’s hardly my fault that people insist on being ludicrous.”
Aigee looked out of the window at the darkness that was only broken by the feeble glow of the a few lamps in the windows of the houses around this little yard. “Hm…” For a moment, he still hesitated. Then: “Did you also give a tongue-lashing to that fellow I saw you leading up the stairs at the Little Rose?” He turned, wondering if he had overshot his mark.
Rather pale, Foreman stared at him, which made Aigee realize that his remark could be misconstrued.
“I was rather jealous of the man,” he clarified.
Color came and went in Foreman’s face. With narrowed eyes, he looked Aigee up and down. “I see,” he said, nastily. “And you expect me to give you the same in gratitude for services rendered, is that it?”
Aigee felt a stab of exasperation as he shook his head. “What a nasty mind you have, Mr. Foreman.” He walked over to the bed, sat down, and boxed Foreman in with one arm, forcing him to fall back against the pillows as he leaned over him. “Actually, I was thinking more of giving you a tongue-lashing for being so stupid as to enter a well-known rookery all by yourself.”
They stared at each other.
“I’ve locked the door,” Aigee added helpfully.
Alan “Aigee” Garmond works at Munro’s Bookshop as both employee as well as reviewer for the bookshop’s own magazine, Munro’s Magazine (or MuMa, according the employer). Aigee loves the Yuletide season when the bookshop will have decorations on the windows. Of course everything will be perfect if not for Christopher Foreman, the Adonis of Fleet Street, a reviewer from About Town that seems to constantly rips apart Aigee’s reviews. Aigee doesn’t understand why Christopher seems to dislike him personally since the only interaction they have is one drinking game where Aigee beats Christopher. And he determines to find out why and sets the record straight…
Yuletide Truce is a cute historical holiday M/M romance with a dash of enemies-to-lovers theme, from new-to-me author Sandra Schwab. I immediately loved Aigee … the way that he loved the season and the bookshop where he worked were heartwarming. Aigee’s passion for the books that he reviewed was endearing.
But Aigee isn’t just a meek ordinary guy, no siree. As the story goes further, the readers will find out more about Aigee’s background. I don’t want to spoil much about what Aigee did but I thought it was really good and he totally kicked ass on the right moment. Take that, Christopher ‘Kit’ Foreman!! *lol*. Of course their truce led them to a different path, and you would get your sexy times 🙂
For a short story, I really liked it. It was cute and totally wrapped in all the goodness of holiday season.
RATING: 3.5 stars
Award-winning author Sandra Schwab started writing her first novel when she was seven years old. Thirty-odd years later, telling stories is still her greatest passion, even though by now, she has exchanged her pink fountain pen of old for a black computer keyboard. Since the release of her debut novel in 2005, she has enchanted readers worldwide with her unusual historical romances (some of which she now uses to shamelessly fangirl over Punch, her favorite Victorian magazine).
She holds a PhD in English literature, and in autumn 2015, she appeared on the BBC documentary Great Continental Railway Journeys to talk about another favorite topic of hers, the Grimms’ fairy tales (while walking through a rather muddy stretch of the Black Forest) (there were a lot of slugs, too).
She lives in Frankfurt am Main / Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library.
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