Pansies (Spires Universe) by Alexis Hall #mm #review @RiptideBooks @quicunquevult


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Alfie Bell is . . . fine. He’s got a six-figure salary, a penthouse in Canary Wharf, the car he swore he’d buy when he was eighteen, and a bunch of fancy London friends.

It’s rough, though, going back to South Shields now that they all know he’s a fully paid-up pansy. It’s the last place he’s expecting to pull. But Fen’s gorgeous, with his pink-tipped hair and hipster glasses, full of the sort of courage Alfie’s never had. It should be a one-night thing, but Alfie’s never met anyone like Fen before.

Except he has. At school, when Alfie was everything he was supposed to be, and Fen was the stubborn little gay boy who wouldn’t keep his head down. And now it’s a proper mess: Fen might have slept with Alfie, but he’ll probably never forgive him, and Fen’s got all this other stuff going on anyway, with his mam and her flower shop and the life he left down south.

Alfie just wants to make it right. But how can he, when all they’ve got in common is the nowhere town they both ran away from.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Crystal Marie_s RamblingsTAG

Have you ever started reading a book and gone “What the heck am I reading?”  That was me at the very beginning of this book. I literally thought that I had started a different book, or that I had the wrong file.  And I almost put it down and didn’t pick it up.  But I’m glad that I pushed through because it was an enjoyable story.

On that note – the story does start out in a MF perspective, but it’s later explained why that is and who the characters are.

The story is between Alfie and Fen – who knew each other in school.  Alfie has changed drastically, however Fen is still himself.

Being able to follow along with the relationship between the two of them – their trials and trying to understand each other was enjoyable.  Especially Alfie and his “Do it himself” methods.

The book progressed at a semi-slow speed, which worked out on one hand, but the other it felt like it was just to slow.  The characters were fun, and they did lighten up the book.

Overall – if you enjoy this author you would enjoy this book for sure.  I did and I will be sure to look for more from this author in the future.

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