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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  280 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The Perfect Cover Claire Thompson Ryan doesn't know what he's getting himself into when he signs on for the season at a gay resort on a private Caribbean island. Eager for what he sees as an easy job in paradise, Ryan fails to mention he's straight. Convinced he can handle any sexual overtures with a smile and a shrug, he's unprepared for the onslaught of men eager to get ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Ellora's Cave (first published 2007)
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Elisa Rolle
Ryan has just lost his work in a big hotel in the States and make a request to work in an exclusive resort on Caribbean for the season. There is only a slightly problem: Club Eros is a gay resort and seems that all the people working there are men and gay. Obviously is not written on the job application, but what is asking to Ryan during his interview is if he is ready to be eye candy for all the customers...

Ryan is not gay. Truth be told he has had some fantasies about men but never follow them
Don Bradshaw
Reviewed on Hearts On Fire...

Ryan is a good looking straight man who takes a job basically as eye candy serving drinks at an all gay Caribbean resort. His uniform is a red Speedo and a smile. Sean is the resort's year round pool maintenance man and kind of a loner so when his new roommate swaggers in Sean is not overly thrilled, until he sees him. Ryan and Sean strike up a friendship partly due to Ryan's stupidity at trying to pull off handling a job where he doe
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, zz-amazon-yes
The themes in this book are about following the heart in love and life.
Ryan, who does not consider himself gay, falls for Sean. Sean helps him come to terms with his emotional feelings - it's about what is in your heart and not worrying about labels. He gently steers the physical side of their relationship. "We're a journey, you and I, not a destination. It's all good - the exploration, the discovery."
Set on an idyllic tropical island, with massage scenes, gorgeous gay men and lots of temptatio
Having read this book for the second time, I've changed the rating from ★★★★ to ★★★...during this reading, I found the story more saccharine than I remembered...the story just felt too fairy-tale-ish & contrived for true enjoyment. If you are new to M/M then Claire Thompson is a really good author to start with...her characters are as emotional as women & her books can have bodice-ripping overtones...I have developed a love/dislike (hate is too extreme) for her books...I still have my fa ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, romance, m-m, dnf
The sample lured me in but I lost interest pretty quickly. I liked both characters and their romance was really sweet, but the writing was too...explanatory, I guess. I understand that Ryan had a lot to learn and Sean had to explain things to him, but I felt like I was reading a tutorial. I couldn't finish this one.
Nancy L
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic, m-m
I loved how the relationship progressed over time. It was also very interesting to follow the way Ryan faced his transformation in what he wanted out of life. It's refreshing to see two men connecting in friendship first and then exploring a deeper relationship.
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, ebook, 2009, done, 2012, reread
3.5 stars. Good m/m romance about a straight guy who gets a job at Caribbean resort for gay men by hiding that he's straight. But has he really thought the whole thing through?
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way that Claire Thompson writes. It's such a thoughtful way, with a lot of care put into it. You get to see a lot of layers, depth, and growth. The romances that happen in her books are nearly palpable, and it's such a joy to read them.

Ryan has gotten a job at Club Eros, which is an all-inclusive gay resort. He's there to be a gopher for the patrons, but really, he's there because he looks pretty in a speedo and everyone there wants to watch pretty boy eye candy. I mean, who doesn't
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A guppy in a shark pool!
Imagine a straight guy accepting a job on a Caribbean island catering solely to a gay clientele. With everything that entails!
Rooming with the islands "Pool-boy", a reserved, gorgeous hunk, a genuine friendship develops between those two. And soon, after some unwanted hands-on-encounters, the bashful straight guy admits his orientation and his fear of losing his job if the truth comes out. Hence the Perfect Cover!
Posing as a couple makes things seem legitimate, but ... !
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine being on an island full of amazing eye candy. Even if it's only to look and not to touch. I want in. I loved this story of Ryan and Sean. Ryan who always felt a disconnect with the women of his life and didn't understand why. Quiet and patient Sean who was waiting for the right man who would own his heart. This softly written love story is sweet and full of first time angst and fears for both partners. Love is patient, love is kind and love is just waiting for the right time.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it but...

This book has two things I love to read about, gfy and fake/pretend relationship. I enjoyed reading the story but it never really pulled me in.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ryan Weston applies for a job at a gay resort even though he’s never had a gay experience. He’s had some gay fantasies about some gay friends but that’s it. He’s applied to be a cabana boy, he’s good looking, hot and up for any adventure.

Sean Evans believes in waiting for the one special person meant just for him. He is openly gay and a recluse pool boy who loves his job. He is not keen on having a roommate, most of the people at the resort are looking for a rich sugar daddy but he’s looking fo
I'm struggling a little between rating this 3 stars or 2. Too bad we can't give half stars. This is the second time I've read this one and I remember liking it a whole lot more the first time I read it. I think two things worked against it this time around...

1) I read it right after reading Handyman (another novel by Claire Thompson) and
2) I've read a LOT of other MM romance novels since reading this one the first time.

This story reads very very much like Handyman. And, I'm afraid to say that
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
THE PERFECT COVER is a wonderfully accurate title for this story. Ryan is pretending to be something he's not, only to discover his true destiny. This was such a complex story of self-discovery, not only for Ryan, but Sean also. Although both try to fight their attraction to the other, this reader felt the passion between them. I couldn't wait for their determination to falter and for them to be together. The drifting of these two characters on a wave of passion is almost bittersweet at time, le ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I had expected to enjoy The Perfect Cover by Claire Thompson, and I did. She is one author who always seems to deliver. The story involves the "straight" Ryan going to work at a gay resort. He meets Sean who helps him overcome his nervousness at being surrounded by gay men while wearing only red Speedos. Sean is a nice guy in much the same way as many of Thompson's characters who encounter men unsatisfied in their relationships with women and bring them to the light. Despite feeling I had read s ...more
A low-key, sweet story about a guy who had thought of himself as straight, discovering love with another man while working at a gay resort. The story has very little conflict and reads like a fairy tale. There is a bit of soft dominance play in the bedroom with the characters freely swamping roles. The story dragged with too little plot and too many sweet sex scenes. I actually set it aside 90% of the way through because - yeah, it really wasn't that compelling - before I returned to finish it a ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
There was nothing wrong with this book, but it just didn't speak to me.
It was a cute enough story about a guy who harbors deep, really deeply buried feelings for guys and working at a gay resort and rooming with Sean he finds a true love!
Maybe there was too much going on, all the intrigue and the guys getting it on at the resort and the sex parties and then gfy/ofy and of course such an expensive and elite resort will actually let him massage guests without a license or training..and then t
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked this more than I thought I would because I always like some mystery/suspense in my books and Perfect Cover isn't a Romantic Suspense. Still, I found myself emotionally invested in this gay romance even though I tend not to like lovers pining away for another or struggling with unrequited love and there is a bit of that here.

Thompson has another tropical island gay romance called Island of Temptation released earlier. I don't know how that compares to Perfect Cover as I haven't read it ev
Ryan who considers himself straight, applies for a job on an island which caters to the gay population. There he meets Sean, his roommate.
Slowly he decides he is attracted to Sean and when Sean suggests that Ryan be his pretend boyfriend to stop anybody discovering that Ryan is straight, the two begin to fall in love.
I enjoyed this story however, I thought it was a little on the long side but a nice GFY story.
The first part of the book, when Sean and Ryan met each and began exploring their relationship together, was amazing.
The second part was filled with petty characters and situations, that I found a little childlish.
But, in the end everything was ok again.
So I guess this a good, nice read. With very few drama a lot of sexy part that you might like.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
This was well written, but I got fed up with the premise about a third through.
Might try it again later; it could have been I wasn't in the mood for the subject at the time.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating 3.5
Chancey Knowles
Rerated after review of ratings from uploaded personal ratings a couple of years ago.(One of the first m/m books read.)
Jennifer R
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
I remember really liking this book the first time I read it years ago. I just re-read it and it didn't quite hold up the second time through.
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Claire has been writing for nearly two decades, and has published over 70 novels. She writes BDSM romance and abduction tales, spanning both m/f and m/m genres. She has received numerous awards for her bestselling work, including the NLA-Int’l Pauline Réage Award and the Golden Flogger Award for best BDSM fiction.. Her darker works press the envelope of what is erotic and what can be a sometimes d ...more