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Summary

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make you appreciate what you have.  

There are lots of things that brighten Joel’s life. His three-year-old daughter, Evie, is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel’s boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are. Then one cold and rainy night, everything changes. 

Joel’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain. Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn’t a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he’s keeping Liam at a distance for Evie’s sake, when really, he’s protecting his own heart. 

Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step - a little thing - but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?

©2019 Dreamspinner Press (P)2019 Dreamspinner Press

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What a great read!

You'll find everything a good m/m romance needs. The story was very well written, the characters likeable, and the story was well performed by the narrator, too. 5/5

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Packs an emotional punch

The Little Things is a great story showing how to cope with tragedy and moving on, Joel's life is thrown up in the air after one fateful night and things as he knew them will never be the same. I loved the tone of this book and how it shows real life, it felt very true and authentic. Although not your typical romance novel, I really enjoyed the relationship between Joel and Liam and how this developed in the latter stages of the book. A great character focused book.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 14-01-20

The Little Things

I wasn’t expecting this book to be so heavy. It really hits home how to not take people for granted in your life. I liked how honest Liam is and how he asks for time and space to make a choice that worked for himself and for Joel and Evie it was more real than a lot of romance books get and I appreciated it. Joel and Evie are an amazing pair she is lucky to have such a wonderful father. Again loved the narration and the fact that he has the accent of the characters. It makes the story so much more interesting when the voice matches.

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  • HZ
  • 09-04-19

Well Written Journey

This is the story of single father father Joel during a difficult part of his life and the people on the journey with him. It's not set up like a standard romance in that the 2nd MC doesn't factor in significantly until half way through the book. The 2nd MC, Liam, is a really great character and the ending is happy, but the story isn't really about him & Joel. What the book IS about is all Joel's relationships, and how they/he change enough to develop relationship w/ the 2nd MC. The narration is well done, w/ a variety of British accents & you can always tell who's speaking. I wish the story had gone longer & expanded on life w/ Joel & Liam. But if you let go of the standard romance structure & just enjoy the journey its a worthwhile book! 3 stars for it as a romance, 5 stars for the overall story

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  • 14-06-19

sweet angsty romance

This story is very angsty but I love angst so that was not an issue for me. I loved all f the characters, especially Evie and I really felt Joel's emotions, but the storyline for me was a bit slow. at 40 percent Dan is still the love interest and the relationship seems to be going nowhere. Don't get me wrong I even liked Dan and of course, figured they would work through it but then Liam came into the picture and that too was a bit drawn out. This is a very good story with amazing characters ( I love stories with kids), A story of life and has a realistic feel. If you like well-developed characters, angst, British stories ( I love them), children, and a slow burn but romantic story this is for you. I listened to the audio and loved the narration. He had a smooth voice, loved the accent that felt perfect for the story and kept me involved in the book.

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  • 26-02-20

Emotional and Sweet

I love all Jay's books, and they range from super sweet to very emotional. This one packs one hell of an emotional punch and to be honest, it's made me cry once or twice. I love how real the characters are and I wanted to hug Joel and ... well, at one or two points, I just wanted to punch him a bit to make him come to his senses :D Evie is such an amazing character, I loved her in all her 3-year-old-ish-ness :D (that's one hell of a compound, I know). The story deals really well with loss and coping after it, as well as gives one hope because Liam and Joel are just so amazing together. Liam is amazing, compassionate, and sweet, but he does one thing the characters in romance novels rarely seem to do. When Joel figures out what he was avoiding, Liam doesn't immediately say "yes let's get back together". And even when he does, I love how they have an honest discussion of what they want. The epilogue also almost made me cry but for different reasons. It was sweet and so amazing <3 I liked the narration too, but to be fair, most of my focus was still on the story :) It wasn't distracting so I guess it was very good :)