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Model Boyfriend: A Second Chance Romance (Undefeated Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07DFFPY3K
- Publisher : Stuart Reardon Publishing; 1st edition (July 10, 2018)
- Publication date : July 10, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3556 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 413 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #524,019 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Model Boyfriend is the continuation of Nick and Anna's story and picks up as Nick is retiring from his rugby career. While this book didn’t feel as raw and angsty as Undefeated, there’s still a lot that takes place. Anna is getting settled in her new career as an advice columnist and author, and Nick is trying to figure out life after rugby. He’s not doing such a great job of it, becoming withdrawn, sullen and listless. Although these soul mates have started on their happily ever after, the flowers have wilted and the hearts are a bit tattered and bruised in this romance.
When Nick gets an offer from esteemed photographer, Massimo Igashi, to model for a calendar to benefit charity, hoping it might get Nick out of his funk, Anna encourages him to take the job. From there he's referred to a modeling agency and goes to New York City to pursue a career as a model. The reader gets an inside look at the modeling industry from the perspective of an engaged man whose heart, and every part of his being, belongs to Anna. From sleazy photographers and child co-models to underage sex and substance abuse it’s less than pretty and presents some ethical issues for this model boyfriend. I have to say, after reading about the unsavory side of the modeling world, I actually got the good kind of chills and my heart did a happy dance when I read the scene with Golden Czermak. (If you’re not familiar with that bad boy who's a real stand-up guy, check out his many talents.)
If Undefeated were Victoria Falls, Model Boyfriend is more like the Pacific Ocean. Just as powerful, just as forceful and just as deep, but a lot more subtle. There are still plenty of challenges and issues for Nick and Anna to work through but they aren’t quite as gut wrenching and emotionally draining in this book. The ex, Molly, is still trying to cause trouble, and Anna and Nick are apart more than they're together, which takes its toll on their relationship. Of course Anna's BFF/assistant, Brendan returns as a strong secondary character, and I had forgotten how much I adore him! Any time things got a little intense or heavy, he was right there with some over-the-top comic relief. It was actually Brendan's subplot that made me teary, and his story, alone, would make this book worth reading.
This book can stand alone, but I think reading Undefeated first will offer a better, more complete reading experience, so if you haven’t read it yet, start there. I had said in my review of Undefeated that it was my top read of the year, and together with Model Boyfriend, Anna and Nick's story is still my top read this year. Expect to have your heart squeezed, to startle yourself with out-loud laughter, and possibly find yourself yelling at some of these characters. It's a fascinating inside look at some worlds we're not familiar with, a study of the human condition complete with failures, frustrations, growth and triumph, and a phenomenal read that will stay with you long after the last page. Prepare for these characters to sneak into your heart, leave their lasting mark on your soul, and keep you in their grasp far into the future.
*I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.
I was curious in the fact that this was a true story. Or at least based on Stuart's life. According to the excerpt it was based on his life (minus the drug addiction). It felt so real, like you couldn't make that stuff up. I loved how his concern for Anna and the photo shoots was so real. It was honest. I loved how Nick had to find himself. It was worthy of some tears. But this part of the story was wonderful. I'm so glad he did find himself. That's so important. I loved how Nick was the absolute most perfect guy. He opened doors, was a sweetheart and amazing in bed (Anna's words). I was devastated when they went through a rough patch. It was a crucial part of the story. It showed growth for the characters. But I cried.
I hated Molly. Like real hate. She was evil. She was disturbing. She was a menace.
If you're looking for an amazing read...this book is for you. It was simply amazing. I absolutely loved the journey and the growth of the characters. It's so hard to believe this all started as an email "friendship" that just blossomed.
I'd highly recommend.
This book almost played out like a diary of sorts. Nick being restless, not knowing what to do with himself since his playing days are now over, moves to NYC to try his hand at modelling after an unexpected photo shoot leads him to gain an agent and a new kind of life. His separation from Anna is played out by both characters. Both are miserable without the other but they are determined to make it work despite the miles between them. Therefore, there really isn't much physical interaction between the two in this book. Most of their relationship is through the phone lines and thoughts in their heads. And for me, I guess I would have liked more of them together, even when time was so precious. Nick is mentioned to have visited London at least once a month while living in NYC but we don't get those moments and I felt a bit cheated.
I will say the story itself is full of angst at not only the separation between Nick and Anna but Molly McKinney not being far from sight, despite her break-up with Nick all those years ago. She's as insufferable as ever and her threats against Nick add even more tension to his already crazed life. And thank goodness for Brendan. He is the shining light of this book. He had me in stitches as the very best friend of Anna, who became so much more than her P.A. He is family and at times the true glue that held Nick and Anna together. The man needs his own book!!
Although I felt this book was not quite as powerful as Undefeated was for me, I did enjoy the story and the struggles Nick went through and how he and Anna just want to be happy together no matter what. What they have is truly beautiful and as each needed a kick in the arse more than once to realize just what they meant to one another, the pieces of their unconventional puzzle finally fell into place. I was glad the co-Authors didn't throw in unnecessary drama just to mix things up and kept these characters real.
Model Boyfriend is an enjoyable read and certainly one to grab if you've read Undefeated. I'm hopeful Reardon and Harvey-Berrick will write more together in the future. Many of the ballers they introduced us to, both in the UK and in France, were interesting and would seem to have quite the tale to tell.
4 solid stars!
Top reviews from other countries
I absolutely loved Nick and Anna's story in Undefeated and I'm so glad that Stuart and Jane brought them back to us again in this book. I was a bit uncertain, apprehensive almost, about reading Model Boyfriend because the end of the the first book left them in such a happy place that I didn't want to have bad things happen...call me a hopeless romantic if you must, I am! But trust me when I say that I so glad that I did.
Nick has retired from rugby and finds himself a complete loose end. Having nothing to do just doesn't sit right with him, but what can he do? When he is asked to pose for a sports calendar for charity he reluctantly agrees and finds that he actually quite enjoys it. But the road to modelling is paved with very uneven bricks and even Nick 'The Rocket' Renshaw stumbles along the way.
Anna is amazing. She is supportive, loving and understanding, sometimes a little too much. Half the time I didn't know if I wanted to hug them both or bang their heads together!
As well as being a love story it also touches on a couple of hard hitting issues - Drug addiction in athletes and the acceptance of gay sportsman in rugby. As a romance novel reader and not much of a sports person I have never really given much thought to these issues, but following the problems with Nick and Grégoire I now have an awareness of these issues and how they can effect people. I loved the way Grég dealt with his issue on the bus.
Brendan, oh Brendan! What can I say about this highly charismatic character except I think I will miss him the most. He is such a bright, shining star, the voice of reason, and the shoulder to cry on. I am so immensely happy with the way things turned out for him.
Although Model Boyfriend can be read as a standalone it would be much better to read Undefeated first, and if you haven't read it yet...why not? A wonderful sports romance that will have your heart racing and the tears flowing (Chapter 36, I'm saying no more!)
And as an added bonus there are modelling shots of Stuart Reardon interspersed throughout the book...sigh!
Reading how Nick coped with retirement after playing at the highest level was an eye opener. One assumes that other careers await and the transition is seamless. Seeing someone go from the peak of one career to the bottom rung of another made for interesting reading.
Although this book is in no way biographical, it’s pleasing to know that some aspects are rooted in reality, which adds an interesting edge to the book.
The writing styles of the two authors blend so well, it’s difficult to distinguish who wrote what. The storyline itself is engaging, and I was so pleased everyone got their HEA - including Brendan and Grégoire.
I enjoyed this book so much I could read it all over again. And again.
It's a truly wonderful and enjoyable read and both writers have done an amazing job with their characters.
I laughed I cheered I cried and more importantly I really and truly enjoyed every single moment of it.