Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper

Title: Secrets and Bow Ties
Author: Lou Harper
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Secrets #3
Main Characters: Dylan and Simon
Release Date: May 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Who said nerdy can’t be sexy?

Self-confessed gold digger Dylan Price is cooling his heels as a waiter at a trendy West Hollywood restaurant, waiting for the sugar daddy of his dreams to walk through the doors. Someone rich, sophisticated. Preferably old.

Bookish Simon Wainwright couldn’t be further from Dylan’s ideal. Aside from his terrible fashion sense, Simon suffers from a glaring lack of a Beverly Hills mansion. And he’s barely over thirty!

Dylan, however, isn’t made of stone. Coincidence, an obscene candle, even Simon’s dorky cardigan compel him to give the shy academic a very special birthday gift, which Dylan files away as a one-night stand. But when Dylan’s quest lands him in hot water, he runs to Simon to hide.

The two take off for Las Vegas, where Dylan takes upon himself to give Simon a complete makeover. For reasons he can’t comprehend, Dylan begins to reevaluate his life—and what he holds most dear. But with danger not far behind, he might be too late.

Warning: Contains a nightclub where the staff is as hot as the food, a waiter with a smart mouth (in more ways than one), a nerdy college professor, Vegas “boylesque” shows, and lots of smexy times.

My Review:
When I first started this book, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to warm up to Dylan's character. He's working in a restaurant, but he's there looking for a sugar daddy. He fully intends to be a kept man and will do just about whatever to achieve that...which gets him mixed up into something really bad. 

In the meantime, he meets sweet, shy, nerdy Simon and is intrigued. Dylan knows that this isn't the guy for him, but he's okay with using him for a single night. 

But then Dylan realizes that it's probably not safe for him to stay at his own apartment and ends up at Simon's again. Simon is just that nice of a guy...he lets Dylan in to stay, no questions asked. But Simon is also smart and knows that it would be better for the two of them to keep sex out of the equation. Simon knows that Dylan doesn't want him long-term.

This book is really sweet. It's told entirely from Dylan's point of view. He and Simon are complete opposites. Simon is an intellectual...a professor who teaches microbiology. Simon is also pretty socially stunted...he's awkward, but has an amazing heart. Dylan knows that he isn't good enough for a guy like Simon. Dylan is willing to be someone's boy-toy, which is barely a step up from prostitution, especially for Dylan. He isn't necessarily down on himself. He just thinks that's all he's actually good at. It hurts to be in his head sometimes, because he doesn't think he deserves someone like Simon. By the end of this book, I just wanted to hug Dylan in the worst way. See what the author did there...she totally made me fall for him. 

In the background of the story is a threat and suspense story line, too. This honestly isn't the strong suit for Lou Harper's books, but I enjoy them anyway. And they aren't really meant to be hard-core romantic suspense...they're a little more fluffy than that, although the danger is real.

This was simply a fun read. I liked Simon and Dylan a lot. I loved how different they were and their trip to Vegas was fabulous. It was an entertaining book and definitely worth the afternoon I spent immersed in it. I can't wait for the next installment to this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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