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- Publication Date: January 27, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B6KXT5A
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Honeymoon Hoax Kindle Edition
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It seems fate was finally taking a hand. Did the god of love realize that Brad was finally ready for a relationship with Cameron? The timing seems to be perfect. Brad is doing things like choosing a honeymoon he would rather be on with the male Cameron then the female Cameron. It's hard to tell because Brad is so dim about romance and feelings (his and Cameron's) you have to wonder how he passed the Bar exam. There are some small plot holes with this setup but I like this kind of story so I went with the flow.
The characterization is good. The male Cameron is a sweetheart and super adorable. Brad is energetic and adorkable. There are many side characters that are fun. Everyone from Brad's wedding party to the people on the cruise ship are fun or interesting in some way. It's these characters that hinged together a basic plot, making it a fun read. It is a cozy romance to curl up with after a bad day.
'I’d felt an occasional spark of attraction to a guy before, but it was like there was a glass wall in my brain that didn’t allow my thoughts to go any further down that path. Now I was allowing myself to go there and — wow. I pictured myself kissing Cameron again, for real this time, with no trouble whatsoever.'
With that being said –
Brad is stood up at the altar. The decorations are in place, the guests are at the chapel, but no bride. The woman he was supposed to marry has the same name as his long-time best friend, Cameron, only she goes by Cammie. When I say the same name, I mean first and last. I did say it was very unrealistic. Anyway, Cammie sends word she’s not showing up so Brad and his buddies (the groomsmen) all commence to get drunk. Not Cameron, though. Cameron doesn’t drink and the reasons for that are explained in the story.
During this drunken get together Brad realizes that he’s more concerned over losing out on the honeymoon cruise – already paid for and nonrefundable – than losing his bride. Sure, he believed he loved Cammie or he’d never have asked her to marry him, but it wasn’t a soul-consuming love. He’d proposed because they got along so well together and they were actually really good friends. Not the smartest reason to get married but it is what it is.
'In my heart of hearts, I knew I’d never felt the kind of romantic love you were supposed to feel for your soulmate. I only proposed to Cammie because I didn’t think I’d find another girl who fit in with my life so well. My friendship with Cameron had always seemed more important than romance.'
One of Brad’s buddies, Jerome, suggests he take Cameron with him on the honeymoon cruise. Because of a special with the cruise line it’s only for people who are actually, you know, married. Brad has no problem taking his best bud along but they actually have to show proof of a wedding to be able to board the ship. No problem. They’re in Vegas, have a marriage license – with the other Cameron’s name on it – so why not fake it, get married in a cheesy wedding chapel, then go on to have a little fun in the sun? Cameron, who’s openly gay, is hesitant because he’s been hiding a major crush on Brad since they were kids. No way in hell will he be able to hide that if they fake a marriage and honeymoon. He eventually agrees. However, after the cheesy ceremony is over – a Star Wars theme, which I thought was cool – Cameron discovers that Brad just might not be as straight as he’d always been led to believe. What I loved about this particular part of the story is that the author didn’t have the two falling right into bed. Being unrealistic is one thing but Brad still has to come to terms with a few things and drunken sex with Cameron wouldn’t have been good for it to happen the right way.
They arrive in Miami, board the cruise ship, then begin their fake honeymoon. On the ship Brad has a few bonehead moments, but moments that were to be expected all the same. There was no rush, rush into bed but when it happened it was sexy and sweet at the same time. It takes a little time for Brad and Cameron to finally get with the program in regards to their relationship but when it happens it’s such an awwww moment.
There’s a bit of a twist toward the end in regards to Cammie and the others that really had me smiling. The story is short at only 62 pages but the author added an epilogue to show us these guys down the road.
Highly recommended if you like friends-to-lovers stories, OFY, and don’t mind stepping outside of reality for a few minutes. I absolutely loved it and will definitely be reading more by this author.
Review originally published at ontopdownunderbookreviews.com.
There is a wonderful love scene that definitely makes this for readers 18+ only.
If you enjoy sweet love stories between men then you will love this one. I sure did!
Since this is relatively quick read, it is one of my favorite re-reads when I want something uplifting before heading off to bed.