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The 'True Love' Solution Paperback – January 30, 2016
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Jules, Leonard, and Ewan. I hate books where the protagonist spends most of the book with one person and then just a tiny bit of the story with the person they end up with. That drives me crazy because I want to enjoy seeing the main characters together for more than a scene or two.
The writing was very good and the author is definitely talented. I personally enjoyed how the story started off, even if it seemed to drag in a few parts. However, after a while, I started to get highly irritated by the fact that Jules was still hung up on Ewan and not even thinking of Leonard as more than just a nice guy who's there. While this may be a very realistic situation, I don't particularly find enjoyment reading about it. Therefore, the second half of the story dragged on for longer than I felt the need to.
Leonard was sweet and sincere and from the very beginning, just a down-to-earth likable character. I was rooting for him instantly. Ewan, I didn't care for even though he wasn't a bad guy. I just didn't think he was as endearing as Leonard. As for Jules, I spent most of the book flipping back and forth on whether or not I liked him. I questioned his intelligence the whole time and wasn't at all impressed with his infatuation with Ewan.
It's hard to rate a book where you think the writing is very good technically but don't care for the characters or plot. I probably won't be recommending TheLove Solution to friends but the author is someone I'll keep on eye on for upcoming books. She definitely deserves another chance.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*
Talk about the worst case of being starstruck and therefore completely blinded leading to missing out on what’s right in front of your nose!!! Well yes, this is the case for Jules. Let me start however with Jules himself. Jules lives with his father and adopted sister in London. A complete hodgepodge of mismatched characters in every way but I love how Julie makes this work and you get to feel the love a family has together from Jule’s adoring and caring father Archie, his sassy and audacious adopted sister Jemima and of course Jules himself. All different but make up a happy little trio due to the love they have for each other; this is Jules’s family.
Sorry, I’m sidetracking…....so back to Jules. Jules practically bursts onto stage from the word go after opening the book. To say Jules is camp would be an understatement - lol - he is positively screaming and so flamboyant, he’s right in your face immediately. However, don’t get me wrong I mean this positively as he is seriously adorable. He meets every gay stereotype that was ever invented but after a while we get to see that he is a very caring and tender soul who believes in nothing more than finding The One and his own HEA with the man of his dreams.
He is the biggest romantic soul on legs and loves his romance novels. He is a complete fangirl for his favourite author Ewan Byge and buys memorabilia online. HIs most favourite novel being The ‘True Love’ Solution.
“There were romances to be read, and therefore all was right with the world.”
I think we can all appreciate that sentiment. However, the trusting soul that he is, he is soon scammed by a shady internet dealer and this leads to a police investigation, enter PC Leonard Edgar. Leonard is your typical caring detective. Yes, he actually cares about people being ripped off, however it soon becomes apparent that he probably cares a little too much for Jules and his case. A little more than professional distance would allow, therefore Leonard still plays the cool cop much to his detriment if you ask me. Due to the investigation Jules is the introduced to Ewan Byge personally. HAHA - oh my did I laugh as I could just imagine the look on Jules’s face when he enters the meeting room with Ewan Byge sat there personally. I could feel him squeeing underneath but as it’s at work in his accountancy firm he has to try and remain professional and keep things together. Yes, Jules has it bad, is starstruck and is completely giddy. Ewan asks Jules to become his personal accountant.
However, as soon as Ewan arrives on the scene I immediately got the slimy vibes that this person is shallow and a bit of a user. He may write romantic novels with HEA’s but he certainly doesn’t abide by what he writes as Jules believes. This is where Jules is taken for a second ride. Deceived online by a shady dealer and now about to be deceived again in the love department by a scummy git for an author. Geez, this was so frustrating! To see Jules blinded by his awe for this author and not see what is in front of his face and that is the adoration from a caring detective who would do anything for him. Everyone could see this, myself, Archie and Jem. They even try to tell him this through subtle and less subtle means which had me laughing too at times as the one thing Jemima isn’t is tactful. She definitely doesn’t beat around the bush and just lays it out there whether you like it or not. But there is also a deep love and caring there for Jules too.
Well, needless to say the disappointment once Jules has his rose tinted specs knocked off his nose is big but waiting in the scenes is the ever patient and caring police constable Leonard Edgar. In many ways they are polar opposites but together they compliment each other perfectly. It takes Jules a while to realise this but Leonard's patience pays off and Jules gets his romantic HEA with The One. Now we can all sigh.
This book has no big angst factor, no biting your nails, no heart breaking break-ups, big tear jerking making up or reunion scenes and no broken characters. It is light on the erotic but thoroughly entertaining as it focuses more on the characters, and what wonderful characters they are too. I was in immersed in this book from the beginning and thanks to Julie’s wonderful writing was introduced to another set of vibrant, lovable characters.
Reviewed by Mark for Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
"He didn't have a Happily Ever After of his own yet. Didn't mean he wasn't happy"
I really love the dynamic between Jules, his father Archie and his best friend Jem. They all live together and are incredibly supportive of one another. Archie is The Parent everyone wants. He keeps his son grounded while loving him completely and utterly. Jem is a salty little thing but I adore her.
Throughout the book, Jules is fixated on finding his Happily Ever After just like Mike and Dexter from The True Love Solution. Seeing their relationship as the epitome of HEA he collects all things from their creator Ewan Byge. He buys a typed manuscript with a handwritten word. Then buys a typewriter that was supposedly Ewan Byges. Turns out to be a fraud.
Through the process of the fraud investigation he meets Ewan Byge. The response of Jules is so genuine I had to read through my fingers from the second-hand embarrassment! And to his utter delight he becomes Ewan's accountant.
He also meets Constable Leonard who is working the fraud case and the two quickly develop a friendship. Leonard is kind and steady. He is very dependable. I fell a little in love with him.
There is a slight sprinkling of a potential love triangle, which is not my trope at all, However! The author presents it in such a way that it is endearing rather than angsty. Which I really appreciated because you can't tell which way it's going to go at first.
The end was very neatly wrapped in a bow. A rather hopeful note with a wonderful ending line. "It's only the beginning-and as beginnings go, I think it's brilliant."
Favorite quote-"Oh...It's Dexter and Mike's Happily Ever After- and it's the Once Upon a Time of our story."
Overall thoughts- It was solidly adorable. I will definitely be reading from Julie Bozza again.