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Publisher Description

South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour—including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy—a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality—the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easy-going acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional—and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future, and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

(Porthkennack stories can be read in any order—jump in wherever you’d like!)

April 17
Riptide Publishing
Riptide Publishing, LLC

Customer Reviews

Hubbabbubbahh'z ,

Wake Up Call just in time!

A helping spirit introduces DEV and Kyle, two lonely strangers in an English Atlantic seaside holiday resort village. Author JL Merrow unwinds a unique tale evolving into a solution for a romantic resolution of fate and unflinching love. This novella captures an interesting cast of characters, situations, relationships, with a fragile dynamic scenario.. Read .. on and enjoy!

Crittersmith ,

An Unlikely Pairing!

On a three-week holiday to meet his mum for the first time, mechanic Devan “Dev” also meets narcoleptic-riddled, barrister Kyle and a connection begins. This is a somewhat dark or somber-toned tale. The MCs are very distinctive: Dev comes off like a bull in a china shop, he just blunders about even though there is a kindness to his personality, too. Kyle is just traumatized by his illness, a bit lost. I also thought his narcolepsy/catalepsy condition was handled in a realistic, educational and sensitive way. This is not an easy read, partially because of Dev’s South London dialect, maybe or just how the story is written.
Overall, good storytelling.

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