My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another enjoyable entry in this series from DJ which all centres around the idea of fake marriages.
Here it’s a fake fiance, used as a means to try and encourage a state senator to do the right thing when it comes to legislation which would harm his closeted gay son.
It’s also a second chances romance, as Avery and Rory rekindle feelings they had as teenagers at boarding school.
What I liked best about this book though, is that it plays around with ideals of masculinity, of what makes someone not only look masculine, but feel it.
Avery is an All-American hero on the outside, with his golden good looks, but he’s yearning for more.
Rory, by contrast, is a powerhouse of self-confidence, in his job, his sexuality, and his own value.
I loved how the narrative took these men on deeply personal journeys as well as the political minefields they had to navigate.
We also get to drop in with Caleb and Julien, who are still totally loved up on Bliss Island.
Rory’s family were also awesome and their acceptance of Avery went a long way in helping him to deal with his toxic internalised fears.
The narrative does drag a little towards the end, but I totally understood why it went that way, I think I was just getting a bit impatient to have Avery’s dad hung out to dry by then!
A great romance with a nice element of mild lingerie kink which spiced things up wonderfully.
I’m eager to see where the series goes next as there’s a fair few available options.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.