“Dearest Milton James” by N.R. Walker

about

Malachi Keogh finds himself in a job he neither wanted nor asked for when his father, boss of Sydney’s postal service, sends him to the end of the business line, aka The Dead Letter Office. Malachi expects tedious and boring but instead discovers a warehouse with a quirky bunch of misfit co-workers, including a stoic and nerdy boss, Julian Pollard.

Malachi’s intrigued by Julian at first, and he soon learns there’s more to the man than his boring clothes of beige, tan, and brown; a far cry from Malachi’s hot pink, lilac, and electric blue. Where Julian is calm and ordered, Malachi is chaos personified, but despite their outward differences, there’s an immediate chemistry between them that sends Malachi’s head—and heart—into a spin.

To keep his father happy, Malachi needs to keep this job. He also needs to solve the mystery of the pile of old letters that sits in Julian’s office and maybe get to the bottom of what makes Julian tick. Like everything that goes through the mail centre, only time will tell if Malachi has found his intended destination or if he’ll find himself returned to sender.

review

Simple joys come in many shapes and forms. I think it’s safe to say unexpected mail is one of mine. I was tickled when my inbox informed me of a surprise release from Ms. Walker. One peek at the cover and I let my itchy fingers race over to one click. I didn’t even need to read the blurb. Happy mail in my inbox is one thing but happy mail in real life? Even better. There was something about those bound letters that made my heart race. And after discovering what they held, I couldn’t shake my smile if I tried.

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Coming in under two hundred pages, this is a quick read. It’s not action-packed or adrenaline-fueled. It’s a little quirky and a whole lotta sweet. Opposites-attract romance can be utterly delightful and these two are night and day and full of fun. Malachi is bright, bold, and far from bashful. He takes over the room when he enters. He is loud and proud and doing his best to convince the world he’s cruising on top of it. In truth, he’s lost and desperate to find his way. He doesn’t do stable or boring but for some reason, he can’t stop the pull from his new boss. Julian is simple and straightforward. He’s content with his rather bland but reliable life and enjoys leading his crew of misfits at the mail distribution centre, aka the Dead Letter Office. That is until Malachi barges in like a taste the rainbow Skittles advertisement. In true sappy form, that day changed both of their lives.

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Big personalities either win you over or rub you wrong. Luckily for Julian and myself, Malachi won our adoration even if it was lightly sprinkled with exasperation. He’s a lot to handle at the best of times. He just needed an anchor to keep him from bouncing around and creating chaos with his bubbly personality. Turns out his anchor was wrapped in brown, surrounded by parcels. Book lovin’ runs in my family and my mother has been sending brown paper book club to my daughter since she was born. I found it incredibly fitting that the head of the Dead Letter Office wears various shades of brown. Julian and Malachai quietly dance around their attraction and settle into colleagues and friends. When Julian requested Malachai’s assistance in solving a special postal cold case their subtle sparks catch fire. There’s no stopping them. And thank goodness, it was scorching hot! Sassy, sexy, and starry-eyed…what more can you ask for?? An absolutely perfect epilogue you say? You got it!

beware

Lost love letters…sure to tug on your heart. Found love…sure to hug you tight. And a lost-and-found family…that’s cute as a bug.

bookisfor My kindle is often an escape for me (especially these days) and amid their packages, Malachi and Julian delivered a bright and bubbly getaway that I won’t soon forget. If you need a smile or hug, this special delivery is just what you need.

bookinfo

TITLE: Dearest Milton James
AUTHOR: N.R. Walker
PUBLISHER: self-pub
LENGTH: 193 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2021
BUY LINKS: Amazon 

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