Three years ago, antiquarian book
hunter James Winter lost everything when a scandal his
employer caused brought him down with it. Now James is
stuck working at Barnes and Noble and only disreputable
clients will hire him, clients like Mr. Stephanopoulos. Mr.
S has a lead on a previously unpublished book by Charles
Dickens and he wants James to get it before its owner,
chemistry professor Sedgwick Crisparkle, puts the book up
for auction. Mr. S doesn’t care how James convinces the
good professor to sell him the book, so long as James
doesn’t reveal that Stephanopoulos is the buyer. James
needs the paycheck, but more than that, the prospect of
holding a previously-unheard of Dickens story in his hands
tempts him like nothing else…except, perhaps, the book’s
owner. Sedgwick Crisparkle looks more like a bookish angel
than a nutty professor, and the attraction between book
hunter and book owner is too much for either to resist. But
when Sedgwick discovers who James’s employer is, it’ll take
a Christmas miracle like Dickens would write to keep these
two men together.
The Dickens with Love is
a book lover’s dream, filled as it is with hope, love, and,
of course, an unpublished Christmas novella by Charles
Dickens. Josh Lanyon has an unparalleled ability to write a
romance that is incredibly sweet without being cloying.
Both James and Sedgwick are interesting, intelligent men
that have that everyman scholar appeal plus a little
something extra. I was drawn to them, without being able to
put my finger on why, other than Mr. Lanyon’s talent for
creating endearing, memorable characters. Like all of Mr.
Lanyon’s stories, The Dickens with Love is
engaging, tender, and irresistibly sexy. It also has an
extra dash of forgiveness and the joy of new beginnings,
making The Dickens with Love a holiday treat
that can and should be enjoyed all year long. Like the
Stardust martinis James and Sedgwick so enjoy, The
Dickens with Love simply sparkles.