Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Not My Boyfriend by Monica Anderson

Title: Not My Boyfriend
Author: Monica Anderson
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Max and Karson
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
If “I love you” is a lie, why does it feel so much like the truth?
Stuck at a co-workers retirement party, Max prepares himself for a long, boring night—until a guy across the bar with an intense brown gaze and a dangerous smirk offers some mutual gratification in the bathroom. Max had been looking for a forever love, but Karson’s so hot, forever can wait.
Ever since his cheating ex broke his heart, Karson’s had rules. Only pleasure. Never more than once. Never stay the night. Yet long after their romp in the bar bathroom, Karson still wants Max—maybe enough to break his own rules.
As Max and Karson struggle to sort out their complicated non-relationship, Karson’s ex resurfaces in full win-him-back mode. One white lie later, Max attends Karson’s tenth annual high-school reunion as his “boyfriend” to keep his ex away. But pretending is hard, when all Max wants is for the lie to be the truth.
Warning: Contains a slew of misunderstandings, one cheating, jealous ex, and steamy sex scenes between two guys who fall accidentally in love.

My Review:
This is one of those books that started out really strong, but then lost a bit of its appeal as it progressed because the conflict got a bit too drawn out. But it was definitely worth the read.

Max and Karson meet one night at a bar. Max has been celibate for six months and is feeling a bit desperate. But he's been celibate because he wants something real for a change. Hook-ups aren't cutting it. For Karson, he will only engage in hook-ups. He got involved once and had his heart completely shattered. But their eyes meet and things happen...and then neither one can let go of the moment. For me, this was the best part of the book. This meeting changed both men. They can't seem to walk away from one another and the chemistry between them is fantastic.

Where the book didn't work though was with Karson and his conflict. He had his heart broken by Andrew...and this was a long time ago. While I could understand how that might make him leery, it doesn't make sense in just how long he is consumed by this idea that he can never have anything more and that every guy out there will be like Andrew. Then to have Andrew suddenly show up in the book was just way too convenient after so long apart. None of that aspect of the story line worked for me...at all. And that makes me sad because the book start out so incredibly good. And then it just kind of fell apart with the conflict.

So, while the book didn't work for me in every aspect, I did enjoy reading it, and would definitely read this author again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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