Sweet and short story. Didn't much connect with the female, Xenia, but quite well with the male protag, Derek. Sorry to see some stereotyping in Derek's friends' reactions to their lovestory, as always, and most of all sorry that he didn't bite their heads off. THAT would have made this a five star affair. Instead he hid the whole love story from them until the end. Sad, that. Lots of showing with hardly any telling at all. Except for what Derek does when he sits talking to his friends. Personally, I'd be pissed off at a boyfriend who tells his friends that much about us, intimately. But then again, I'm never there, am I, when they talk? LOLAs usual, Ms Reisz's English usage is brilliant, her words build immaculate sentences, which flow into colorful paragraphs, which chain each other into entire pages and suddenly the whole story is over. Already? Yeah!A solid read. Good fun.***I was NOT asked to read this book by anyone. I paid for it with my own money, as I do for all the books I read, all the music I listen to and the movies I watch.