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- Print Length: 312 pages
- Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd; 2 edition (November 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B891PAQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
RJ Scott lives just outside London. She has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and was told to write a story. Two sides of A4 about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born. She loves reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, her first real love will always be the world of romance. Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Marriage of convenience!
- Absolutely bonkers soap opera-esque plotline with plenty of interesting subplots. This might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it.
- Great characters. Both the main characters and supporting characters were interesting and well-drawn for the most part.
- Nice romantic arc
- A bisexual supporting character who ends up with a partner of a different gender without having their bisexuality erased.
- This is a big one. The author could not decide on Riley's sexual orientation. It would be fine if the character was questioning his sexuality, but it explicitly states at the beginning of the book that Riley hooks up with men - not as often as he does with women, but often enough. Then later the author does an about face and says that Riley only ever experimented once with some guy in high school. It's one thing for the character to have changing perceptions of his own sexuality, but it's just confusing and off-putting to change the actual facts of what experiences he's had.
- Relatedly, Jack seems to think Riley is straight, which is fine in the beginning when they only have a business arrangement. But after they've had sex, and even after they've admitted their feelings for each other, this persists. How can Jack believe that Riley's feelings are real if he still thinks of him as straight? And Riley doesn't ever seem to question this or challenge him on it. As a queer reader, that's just really off-putting. I absolutely support people's (and character's) rights to decide their labels for themselves, but if you're attracted to a man and you're in love with a man and want to be married to that man for the rest of your life, "straight" probably isn't the right descriptor anymore. If it ever was (see point one).
- "Het-boy" is not a cute or endearing nickname. It threw me right out of the narrative the first time it was used, but I could sort of accept it as a mocking term when the characters were still at odds with each other. But this nickname continues to be used throughout the book, right up to the romantic ending. That's downright offensive, and it made my skin crawl, to be honest. It's so bad that when I was describing this book to my roommate I couldn't even make myself say it out loud.
Bottom line: There's a lot to like in this book, and I would have liked to continue with the series, but the clumsy handling of Riley's sexuality was just too much for me (especially as a queer reader) to handle.
I liked Riley and Jack as main characters, and the marriage of convenience trope was pretty damn brilliant. It’s a familiar trope in M/F, but it’s rare in M/M, because there are not many reasons for a marriage of convenience in this genre. In this case, it was done brilliantly, and I freaking loved it. Riley’s reasons for getting married were perfect, and I could see why Jack would go along.
The chemistry between Riley and Jack was pretty sweet, too. There’s a bit of enemies-to-lovers in there, but I appreciated the friendship growing between the two men, aside from their sexual chemistry. The secondary characters (and there were quite a few of them, so I had some issues keeping them apart at times) added a nice touch. The Texas oozed pretty much out of every scene, so in that sense the book’s setting was well done.
Now onto the not-so-good parts. Riley’s sexuality bugged the hell out of me, not because he was apparently bi, but because it was inconsistent throughout the book. It was completely unclear whether he was gay, straight, gay for you, bi, and whether or not he had experimented with men before. Does it matter? Well, yeah, because it’s a gay romance, so sexual orientation does matter if you want us to believe Jack and Riley are perfect for each other. Plus, Jack’s nickname for Riley (‘het-boy’) was okay at first, but later it was kinda absurd.
My biggest issue was with the over-the-top drama. Art some point, I decided to let go of my desire to hold on to a sense of reality and just go with the flow. If you can do that, you’ll appreciate the book much more, trust me. You do not want to judge this book on a realistic plot, because it doesn’t have one. Once you get past that, it’s pretty damn entertaining, though, even if it does drag on way too long.
It was the first book I read of this writer, but I was interested enough to read more, despite the apparent flaws in this one.
Follow them through thick and thin, and I promise you you won't regret it.
RJ Scott has developed a set of characters who are believeable, trustworthy and three dimmensional. Good work on putting in suspense, drama and other nice snacks for the readers. Want it? Then go one click this one..or rather do as I did - I bought the whole series in one, and I have not regretted it.
Top international reviews
These are great books based around Riley, a rich guy who to annoy his father, blackmails Jack, the son of his family enemies, to marry him.
Jack is a really good guy, a cowboy, who does the best for his family. He goes along with the marriage to save his sister (long story, read the books😉)
Gradually these 2 develop a begrudging friendship that eventually turns to lust, sex and eventually love.
Over the course of the 7 books you follow their lives as they fight to be together, help out others, cope with (massive) family secrets and drama and eventually settle into a lovely, happy life together and as a family.
You start off really disliking Riley as he comes across as a spoilt brat but as the story goes on you realize he really isn't he's a lovely bloke who's had a crap hand (despite growing up privileged) I loved the banter between Jack & Riley and how they grow together and underneath everything is a real friendship as well as being deeply in love with each other.
They both have hearts of gold
I can't recommend this series enough
This epic effort from RJ Scott is all of those in book format and it's awesome. There's so many dramatic moments there'd have been newspaper column inches for days at the plot twists and jaw dropping events which keep dropping the more the story runs.
But, underneath it all, is a wonderful romance between two guys who start off not even liking each other very much, from families with a feud going back decades but with a sexual spark bright enough to light up the old Cowboys Stadium.
Can't wait to find out what happens next!
now I've read them and have ordered number 5 I hope the series carries on.