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I found Chosen by the Billionaire to be an enjoyable story. Sebastian Haley is a...moreI was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I found Chosen by the Billionaire to be an enjoyable story. Sebastian Haley is a billionaire who has earned his money as a successful mobile app designer. Because he works so much and doesn’t have time to date, he agrees to go on a dating show that happens to coincide with the release of his new gay dating app. Since it is so crucial for him to be involved in his company, the producers have agreed to allow him to meet with his assistant, Liam Jayson, once a day to go over the production of the app.
Liam has worked for Sebastian for two years and has kept his crush on Sebastian to himself. Sebastian quickly puts Liam in charge of the majority of the apps production. Liam is apprehensive, but happy and determined to make Sebastian proud. Both men look forward to their daily meetings. Liam begins fighting hurt feelings as he realizes Sebastian is going to be choosing someone and it won’t be him. Sebastian starts realizing how much he looks forward to meeting with Liam, how much he depends on Liam’s opinions about which guy he should choose, and how much he’s starting to compare all of the dates to Liam. As the producers start picking up on Sebastian’s changing feelings toward Liam, they begin to interfere with their meetings.
We see some of the dates who Sebastian is getting to know and get a little of Sebastian’s insights on the guys. One of which is another of Sebastian’s employees and Liam’s best friend. That was really the only thing that gave me pause. Aside from the legality of him having an employee as a date, that would be so unfair to the others if someone he already knew was on the show, even if he barely had had contact with him before the show. I would think the other contestants would have a big problem with that.
I did like how everything played out in the end. I was worried I was going to end up rolling my eyes and being annoyed but that wasn’t the case. I thought it was an excellent ending and enjoyed the other “winning couple” at the end as much as I did Sebastian and Liam.
Overall, an enjoyable read. It had good pacing. The characters were likeable. Some of the premise might have strayed out of being believable occasionally, but I didn’t pay it any attention. I would recommend it to others. (less)
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Jack Dresden is a member of the Special Forces who is home from a mission in Kuwa...moreI was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Jack Dresden is a member of the Special Forces who is home from a mission in Kuwait that didn’t go so well. He’s suffering from PTSD and is and emotional wreck on top of dealing with being in the closet. Home is Devotion, Georgia. It’s been ten years since he last visited. Almost as soon as he gets to town, he runs into Dillon Bluff, his childhood best friend and the only man he ever loved, unbeknownst to Dillon. However, things had ended horribly for them the day Jack left, so their reunion is an awkward one. Both are attracted to each other but are desperate to keep the other’s friendship, so neither wants to risk it by telling the other how he feels. Yes, if you like angst, this book is loaded with it.
Jack finally gives in to his desires and kisses Dillon. Dillon is thrilled and wants more but Jack pulls back. Homophobic remarks from Jack’s dad help bring him back around to facing his feelings toward Dillon.
I liked the book. The plot was interesting. I thought it needed to be longer though. Each of the plot points could have been expanded on. This story involves issues that can’t really be address and resolved in a week, which is about the timespan of the story. You just can’t deal with torture, PTSD, a homophobic parent who is dying, the issues that come with dealing with losing the parent you are somewhat estranged from, and the possibility of coming out of the closet all in a week. I liked Dillon’s character but there wasn’t enough information to give him much dimension. I would have liked more back story or more story on his feelings.
Despite any issues I might have discussed, I still enjoyed the story. Jack and Dillon were both likable characters. And I particularly liked the angst, but I’m a fan of angst. I would still recommend the book. (less)
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Alex Bremen and Chance Ralan fell in love in high school, until one morning when Alex's father...moreThis book was provided for free in exchange for a review
Alex Bremen and Chance Ralan fell in love in high school, until one morning when Alex's father finds them in bed together. His father's threat to out them is more than Chance can take. What would it do to is budding music career? Chance left, taking Alex's broken heart with him.
Nine years later, Alex is infuriated to hear the song he wrote for Chance being played on the radio by Chance's very successful rock band, Armageddon Showdown. Alex has found his own success running a magazine and with the production company he owns. Alex decides to make Chance regret playing his song and he has the perfect opportunity to get near Chance and the band. His production company will make a music documentary of their current tour.
Alex and Chance hide the fact that they are exes but the animosity between the two is apparent from the start. Chance finally explains to Alex why he recorded the song and why he didn't want to. Things soon heat up between them and they realize ho0w much they still care about each other. Chance is still in the closet so Alex agrees to wait on him to work out his feelings about coming out to the world. But again, they are outed and it causes another breakup. Chance finally comes to his senses and realizes what he's losing and rushes to be with Alex, only to end up in serious trouble along the way. With that trouble taken care of, everything works out in the end. Chance finally comes out to the world, and he and Alex get a wonderful happily ever after.
I was hooked from the start. I also wanted to strangle Chance from nearly the start too. His character was immature, but I could understand why he ran. I also felt a lot of sympathy for him when we learn how it came to be that he recorded Alex's song. I loved the revenge angle that Alex took and how it so quickly blew up in his face. Both Alex and Chance have a lot of growing up to do throughout the story and because of that you can expect loads of drama. It all works out in the end.
The story is well-written. The pacing is good. The secondary characters are not fluff and all add meaning to the story. I didn't want to set the book down when I started reading. There wasn't anything I didn't like. It was angsty, heart-warming, and uplifting by the end. I would definitely recommend it to others.(less)