Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Old Acquaintance
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Heroes: Sam & Charlie
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 147 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 25, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: There are two sides to every story, even those buried in the past.
When Sam spots the hot guy moving in next door, he’s all for going round to introduce himself. That soon changes when it turns out his new neighbour is Charles Whitmore, an old school acquaintance. Sam didn’t like him back then, for good reason, and fifteen years haven’t altered that.
Splitting up from his long-term boyfriend means a move across the city for Charlie. As luck would have it, his immediate neighbour is a guy he went to school with, Sam Gellar. While Sam is less than welcoming, his best mate is more than happy to invite Charlie into their social circle. Whatever problem Sam has with him, Charlie resolves to get to the bottom of it because, frosty beginnings aside, Charlie likes him.
With Christmas just around the corner, fate pushes them together, and they get on much better than they ever did at school. Despite his efforts not to, Sam develops feelings for Charlie, and they appear to be reciprocated. If Sam wants to take things further, he needs to either confront Charlie about their past—a past Charlie seems to have forgotten entirely—or let it go and move on. Sam knows deep down that he can’t let it go, but can’t find the right time to bring it up either.
When I started this one, I wasn’t quite sure if I liked either Sam or Charlie but as the story progressed, I really enjoyed them as characters but also them together as a couple. I liked that Charlie and Sam were neighbors and had a little friction between them but I also liked that, while Sam has a grudge against Charlie, he can’t help but develop feelings for the man. I mean, Charlie is so cute and likable and his cat is just beyond adorable. They both sucker Sam in until he can’t resist and I found that incredibly intriguing.
This was a very cute story but, for me, it was lacking a little something that made me want to keep reading. As it was, I adored the fact that Sam and Charlie didn’t take things fast but also wasn’t a fan of the whole misunderstanding between them, which took away from the story especially when they both had such busy schedules they didn’t get to see one another as much as they wanted to.
Overall, this was a cute story and the characters are very intriguing. I wasn’t a big fan of the misunderstanding but really enjoyed them together once they worked things out. I also really adored the epilogue and thought it was just too cute!! Give this a go if you’re looking for something light, cute and quick to read.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*