Book Review – The Ugliest Sweater by Gillian St Kevern

First published, 2015

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Dan has an ugly Christmas sweater. In fact, it’s so ugly, it’s cost him a relationship. But someone who’ll dump you over knitwear is not someone to keep and so, as Dan takes a break from his work at the gym, he goes for a coffee and can’t help but feel stared at. Because everyone is staring.

Luckily, this includes the snake-hipped and rather gorgeous, Jake, a local radio DJ with a rock and roll physique and a fascination for the kitsch. And he can’t stop staring at Dan.

What follows is a rather romantic M/M story which I really enjoyed. The characters were well-rounded and the writing was tight and funny.

I knew I was going to like it from the first line:

“‘Absolutely not.” Aston stood in the kitchen doorway, wearing Abercrombie and Fitch and an expression of disgust.
Dan looked over his shoulder and swallowed. ’Morning,’ he started.
‘Don’t ‘morning’ me.’ Aston’s eyes flashed.
Dan had spent the week psyching himself up for this, but he still took a step back. When riled, Aston could be very sarcastic.
‘Have you lost your goddamn mind?’
’That’s a bit harsh, isn’t it?’ Dan looked down at himself. ‘It’s only a sweater.’”
Chapter One, The Ugliest Sweater by Gillian St Kevern