An Unexpected Party

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  • ebook
  • 62 pages
  • An Unexpected Party
  • Henrietta Clarke
  • English
  • 14 February 2018

About the Author: Henrietta Clarke

Henrietta Clarke is a quirky Yorkshire lass who had the misfortune to discover the path she was actually meant to take in life three days into an intensive postgraduate course Now free from the hell of law study, she divides her time between working as a lunchtime supervisor in a primary school, training as a fiction editor, and writing her own stories When she s not working, Henrietta can usual


An Unexpected Party Valentine S Day Sucks Merry Breton Is Reminded Of This Again When He Receives A Call From His Boss To Work A Last Minute Job, Even Though He Worked New Year S As Well And To Top It All Off He Hears From The Very Man Who Had Ruined This Same Day Last Year Kieran Church His Lover Of Two Years Who Had Stood Him Up On Valentine S Day And From Whom He D Not Heard A Word Since He Supposes It Should Be Good News That Kieran Has Finally Come Out Of The Closet And Is Still In Love With Him, But The News Is Exactly Forty Five Days Too LateForty Five Excruciatingly Long Days Have Passed Since New Year S Eve The Night Peregrine Harding Attended A Speed Dating Function At Sheffield S Premier Hotel To Appease His Terminally Ill Mother And Ended The Night In Bed With A Very Cute Waiter Unfortunately, The Man Who Quickly Wormed His Way Into Peregrine S Heart Had Promptly Informed Him Upon Waking That He Didn T Date Men Who Couldn T Find Their Way Out Of The Closet And Walked AwayCommon Sense Tells Them That They Should Forget Their One Night Of Passion And Move On, That Neither Of Them Is In The Right Place For A Relationship But Merry Can No Sooner Forget About Peregrine Than Peregrine Can Forget About Him

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10 thoughts on “An Unexpected Party

  1. Stephanie says:

    1.5 stars I couldn t get over Peregrine dating women knowing that he is gay and he has zero interest in women just to keep his mother happy He did come out to his parents at 19, brought his first boyfriend home at 24 but his mom continues to ignore that he is gay and doesn t believe in homosexuality like she doesn t believe in Santa Claus So now five years later, after his dad told him that he needs to stop making himself unhappy for his mother, he realizes he needs to live his life and his mom will never change even though she is dying of throat cancer He finally comes back to Merry and apologizes for his behavior just in time for Valentine s day.

  2. Deeze says:

    Not really what I was expecting from the blurb.Peregrine annoyed me at times I get him trying to please his mother in her last few month but his whole going through with the speed dating was a puzzle Why not just pretend he went to it How would his mother know Merry was OK to start with but then comes his all knowing attitude towards Peregrine s mother I really hate when anyone assumes they know exactly what someone else is thinking or feeling An OK read but rather bland overall.

  3. Gaele says:

    I have to say that it was a joy to read a book in the Queen s English , it s not often, living in the states that I have the opportunity to read books with spelling that is most familiar to me, as I learned to read with books from the UK That being said this book was really fun and funny Well played Ms Clarke, the sly Tolkien references added a giggle early on, when Merry wasn t being teased by his boss or co worker At first, I found Merry a bit of a whinger, and slightly immature, although he is only in his early 20 s That immaturity was a bit of a ruse, however, as he has obviously overcome several challenges not the least of which is making the decision that the only relationships for him are ones with fully out men That doesn t discourage his instant reaction to Peregrine, the one extra male, and both are convinced the other is straight Through a series of maneuverings by his boss and co worker, they manage to connect only to have it all dissemble over bacon and tea the next morning Weeks pass, and 2013 is looking like a year of ho hum for them both With a deft hand, Henrietta Clarke has managed to show both potential sides of the difficulties encountered by these men, encouraging the reader to see far options and the emotional turmoil both experience from their individual pasts and situations When Peregrine decides that his happiness is really important than what others may think, the resolution to their difficulties is in sight With a little interference from Merry s boss and a beautifully crafted conversation there is a happy ending in sight, just in time for Valentine s Day Cleverly crafted characters, real feeling situations and roadblocks, and sensual scenes that are less erotic than warm fuzzy afterglow, this is a great addition to your love collection I received an eBook copy from publisher for purpose of honest review as part of the Love Sucks until it doesn t blog tour I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  4. Lucy says:

    3.5 Merry don t call him Meredith is a waiter and he has been called in to work New Year s Eve at, of all things, a speed dating event He is bemoaning the fact that he will not only be stuck there at the stroke of midnight with no one to kiss, but not even any decent eye candy Who goes speed dating on New Year s Eve He is so pleasantly surprised when he sees Peregrine, a handsome man who is there only to make his terminally ill mother happy Mother knows he s gay, she just doesn t accept it Merry and Peregrine yes, I did keep thinking Merry and Perry throughout do hook up on New Year s Eve and maybe would have gone into New Year s Day but Merry does not do closets any He s been there, he s been hurt there, he s not doing that any Peregrine, for his part, is sort of shocked he doesn t feel he s closeted His mother just doesn t get it, and she s dying The fact that his mother treated the one serious boyfriend he brought home so oddly just reinforced that he doesn t want to address it any One night, okay, was fun, move on Not so much for these guys They connected and they are thinking of each other, especially when they again run into each other at a party, by accident Add in the complete loser of Merry s ex boyfriend and things get complicated I couldn t really fault Peregrine s ex boyfriend, that was a weird situation I liked this story and I felt Peregrine was so stuck in the middle I mean, his mom is dying Of course he wants to please her and not upset her but then he is so lucky to have his Dad Merry is a little immature for a while, but you can see he has potential Fluffy and cute.

  5. Sadonna says:

    Cute short story about a waiter, Merry, who meets a guy, Peregrine, in the last place he d expect New Year s Eve speed dating They hit it off and have a great New Year s but in the cold light of day things don t go so well when Peregrine s admits to his mother not acknowledging that he is gay and wanting him to be settled before she dies she is ill Merry has been burned before by closeted lovers and is already looking for trouble with this potential lover Luckily fate throws them together again, but they still can t seem to get it right With a little help from a friend though, they do manage a third shot and maybe this time they ll make it work.I really liked the characters and style of this writer Merry and Peregrine were entertaining and the supporting cast of characters were well done also with Peregrine s parents and Sasha and Holly Ann Would like to read from this author.

  6. Kelly says:

    I thought this was a well crafted and fun story to read The characters were human and made mistakes and when it came down to the apoligies, they both admitted their errors There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding Peregrine s actions From my own reading of it, I can t see any evidence that Peregrine slept with ANY women at all I see a son doing what he can to keep his dying mother happy, so he attends the date night, only to meet Merry Peregrine doesn t flirt with any of the women and he certainly doesn t sleep with any if them.That s my take anyway I love this book, it s cute, funny with an underlying bite of sarcasm A joy to read.

  7. Anke says:

    The story was nice enough, a fast, light little read in between, no real ups and downs Only the blurb didn t work for the story at all What is described is just about a page of the whole thing The story in fact deals with the first and second meeting between Peregrine and Merry and then their third meeting, where they acknowledge their mutual infatuation and start working on a shared future.

  8. jules0623 says:

    3.5 stars.

  9. Suze says:

    3.5 This is the second story by this author I have read and enjoyed both of them Definitely written in Yorkshire or Northern British English which I enjoyed.This is a fairly short story but it does manage to cover a month and half, New Year s Eve to Valentine s Day Merry and Peregrine meet on NYE at a speed dating event, Merry waiting on, Peregrine attending and yes, they do have the Hobbit conversation After hooking up off page they set the scene for the future by argueing big time I enjoyed the story of how they bounce off each other before finding a way to make it work No hot sex scenes for those that want them but I didn t feel the story lacked for it, it was about their coming to terms with each others shortcomings.27.8.15 reread enjoyed again.

  10. Dina says:

    2 1 2 stars rounded down to 3 stars, because I m a dork and can t help loving the guys names Merry Don t call me Meredith and Peregrine Don t call me Pippin