Monday, April 30, 2018

Life of Bliss by Erin McLellan

Title: Life of Bliss
Author: Erin McLellan
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Love Life #2
Main Characters: Todd and Victor
Release Date: April 2018
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Nobody plans to accidentally marry their frenemy with benefits.

Todd McGower and Victor Consuelos do not like each other. They can’t have a conversation without insults flying, and Victor seems to get off on pushing Todd’s buttons. The fact that their antagonism always leads to explosive sex . . . well, that’s their little secret.

Victor has a secret of his own. His full-blown crush on Todd is ruining his sex life. He hasn’t looked at anyone else in months, and he’s too hung up on Todd to find a date to his cousin’s wedding.

In a moment of weakness after a heart-stopping night together, Todd agrees to be Victor’s fake boyfriend for the wedding. Victor will have his plus-one—which will get his family off his back—and Todd will get a free mini-vacation. It’s a win-win.

But pretending to be fake boyfriends leads to real intimacy, which leads to too much wine, and suddenly, Todd and Victor wake up with wedding bands and a marriage license between them. That was not their plan, but a summer of wedded bliss might just change their minds.

My Review:
This is Erin McLellan's third release and this is the third book by Erin McLellan that I have thoroughly enjoyed. She truly writes just feel-good, fun-to-read, romantic books that I like to read. 

In this one, we are re-introduced to two guys who were in her previous book, Life On Pause. Victor and Todd have been carrying on a secret affair. No one knows they've been sleeping together, mainly because they fight almost the entire time they're together, but a lot of that is a ruse...for those around them and so that the other doesn't realize how much each of them likes them.

But they end up going to a wedding together in a little town in Arkansas which has made itself into a destination spot for weddings. Add in a lot of alcohol...day drinking at this daytime wedding and you know where this story is going. 

I liked the way the story played out. Todd works for the school district so he has the summer off, so even though Victor leaves a few hours from Todd, they are able to play at seeing if this marriage is truly viable. So, although the wedding is fast, they have been sleeping together for months and then they have the summer to let the relationship really mature. It made the romance really work in the story.

I really enjoyed the story. The end of summer gives them a deadline, but knowing that they are probably going to end means that neither guy is really willing to go all-in with his heart, no matter what their emotions are telling them. Great conflict in this one. 

Also, having spent a few years living in Oklahoma and Oklahoma City specifically, I really enjoyed the setting for the book. 

I definitely recommend this one and all of Erin McLellan's books.

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

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