We’re here in the West Country today, and very lovely it is too! Temperature is around 15 degrees C, the weather cloudy and humid. I am extremely fond of this part of Britain. The West Country has beautiful and awesome scenery, a rich history and charm … and I met my husband here 🙂
When I wrote Just-You Eyes, I set it in Totnes, a relatively small and unique market town in South Devon, with a history that stretches from the first century AD. I wanted to contrast the cosy familiarity of such a place compared to the perceived glamour and excitement of a big city. Elliot lives in Totnes, comfortable with his modest life and the friendly inhabitants who’ve known his family for generations. But then he meets the attractive hotel manager Alexsy, who’s living and working in London – and his head is turned just enough to consider an adventure!
And the title? It refers to the special look that Elliot is looking for in a lover – the total attention that a loved one both gives and deserves.
Elliot didn’t know that offering to help his sister get over her broken love affair would mean attending a speed-dating evening at the local hotel in their quaint English town. Obviously, as a gay man, he’s not the target group, and there’s nothing for him there except cheap wine and uncomfortable chairs. But when hotel manager Alexsy sits down opposite him and offers an evening of a very different kind than Elliot expected, Elliot’s tempted to try something for the very first time in his life—the tantalizing adventure of a one-night stand.
EXCERPT can be read HERE.
Clare London, Author
Writing… Man to Man