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Title: Double Dutch Courage

Series: --

Author:  Helena Stone.

Publisher: Self Published

Published: 9 May 2018

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Length: 220 Pages



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Ronan Collins has spent most of his life in Dublin hiding who he really is. Coming out would hurt his mother, and Ronan isn’t going to be the second gay man to do that. When he receives news the father he has never known has died, leaving him both a house and a business in Amsterdam, he jumps on the opportunity to get to know the man who fathered him and to discover what he’s been denying himself for years.


Lucas Brandt thought he had it all when Paul Kelly offered him a job and rooms to live in. With Paul deceased he fears he may be about to lose both. He didn’t even know Paul had a son, and now this stranger is on his way from Dublin to pull the rug out from under Lucas’s feet.


The two men don’t expect to like each other, never mind feel attraction. With numerous reasons why hooking up would be a bad idea, why does giving in feel so much better? And is Ronan’s back story really as he’s always imagined it to be?


Sudden changes require great bravery. Can both men find the courage to be true to themselves and each other?





This novel is such an enjoyable romance, with little angst and a good dose of sweetness. Ronan who lives in Dublin, inherits two thirds of a design company in Amsterdam from his father, that he has never met. He heads to Amsterdam to learn about the business and decide whether to keep or sell the business.


Lucas has inherited the other third of the business from Paul (Ronan’s Father), and is living in uncertain times, not only may he be forced to sell his share of the business, but that would also cost him his home, which is an apartment within the building.


Ronan has hidden his sexuality from his Mother. Having seen how his Father leaving her after coming out gay. So, living in Amsterdam is an exciting chance to dip his toes in the water. There is an instant attraction between Ronan and Lucas but lack of communication causes awkwardness.


They both try and maintain a professional relationship. Not wanting to pressure the other. But Lucas is the closest one person who knew his Father well, and able to help Ronan learn about his Father. The story has a balanced angst vs happy moment.


The two guys are so sweet and adorable. Lucas patience with Ronans inexperience and Ronans ability to take things in his stride, shine through. Though he becomes annoyed mostly with himself for hiding his sexuality from his Mother.


I found the book, nicely paced and easy to read. I enjoyed the mix of the two cultures, really interesting as we often believe that all countries eat, drink, wear the same things. I always have a giggle how the same item can be two totally different things in different countries.


I loved the fluidity of the novel, and now have another one click author on my list.







 Author Bio


Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.


The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.


Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.



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