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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  41 reviews
After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective—but fabulously shiny—outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware p ...more
ebook, 303 pages
Published December 5th 2016 by Riptide Publishing
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Fabi
This was very easy to read because the writing flowed effortlessly. Even though I read an ARC, it already had near perfect editing.

We meet our two main characters Alex and Gideon.

Alex is currently struggling with supporting his parents emotionally, financially and physically through his adoptive father's progressive dementia. Immediately our hearts go out to Alex. He's in an untenable situation doing the best he possibly can and feeling like it's never quite enough. His adoptive mother is a gem
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Ami
2.5 stars

I agree with majority of the not-so-favorable reviews here in Goodreads. I felt like a lot was going on with both Gideon and Alex's lives but at the same time nothing was really accomplished in the romance department...

Consider this ... Alex is struggling with his Dad suffering from dementia as well as the financial problem with having "restricted" time at his jobs (he cannot ask for a lot of overtime). Gideon has his projects being postponed by clients so he has to take a job that is
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Pixie
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars.

E.J. Russell is a new-to-me author, and I was hooked from the start of the novel, but my interests waned from the 30% point onward.

I'm going to be upfront about my malfunction with the story. If a reader has a difficult time connecting to one of the narrators, it's nearly impossible to enjoy the story- no matter what.

Alex was an amazing character- caring, compassionate, loving, patient, hard-working, and family-orient
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Chris, the Dalek King
Gideon Wallace is in a bit of a bind. His web design business is not going nearly as well as it had been last year, and he is quickly running out of money. Forced to take on a job that requires him to get a bit more hands-on than he is used to, Gideon only hopes that if he can impress his bosses enough (and somehow restrains himself from bludgeoning the idiots with his laptop) he will get a chance to do something he is actually good at. If he can’t do the job, though, it will be a lot more than ...more
Beebs
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

I just loved these two characters. Gideon's inner snark is amusing but Alex's self-doubt and tendency to take the responsibility for everything is not. He tends to bottle his feelings up so it's no wonder he eventually explodes and everyone around him gets damaged in the fallout. Thankfully, for the most part he's a reasonable guy and listens to advice. It was a pleasure seeing these two put the past behind them and move on together.

So why 4 stars not 5, there was one thread that IMHO wasn't qui
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Ije the Devourer of Books

Gideon is a bit of a diva, and quite superficial. He doesn't really believe in long term relationships and is not planning on having one himself. Such romantic notions for him have been left far behind, buried under the ashes of a previous relationship which was burnt up on the altar of selfishness. In any case he has far too much to worry about, with his business being at the sink or swim stage. He gabs an IT contract that he is not entirely suited for but grits his teeth and does it any way. T
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Tam
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
This is a fairly easy read and I did enjoy it but a few things like the family hiding that their father had alzheimers. What's the big deal? Lots of families deal with that. Maybe you want to be cautious telling a potential boyfriend, but roommates, best friends? Keeping that a secret is kind of weird to me. It's not something to be ashamed of. Gideon had a lot of issues to sort out, more than Alex who was primarily just overwhelmed with working enough to care for his family as well as elder-car ...more
Sandra
3.5 stars.


Gideon Wallace is a self-employed web designer, whose projects have dried up, inexplicably. His latest proposal has been declined/delayed, and he's in desperate needs of finding a paying job.

He's hired to set up a brand-new server room for a company, but has zero input on what servers and equipment is being purchased. Additionally, while he's supposed to set up the servers, there is still construction happening on the same floor.

Which is how Gideon meets Alex Henning. Alex is an elec
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Becky Condit
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clickbait is a fun read with stressful moments. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to, even if you are not in the business of construction or information technology. I particularly enjoyed the interjections of geek-speak definitions.
Alex is an electrician but has many construction skills. Right now money is his main concern. He lives with his parents in order to help care for his father, who has Alzheimer’s and has begun forgetting people and places. He also tends to wander off
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Rosalie's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

3.5 stars

Gideon Wallace is trying to make ends meet and survive. After a failed relationship and his business venture, he decides he might have to do something other than computer work to make money...like pick up a tool and make things. AS IF!!!??? Alex Henning goes above and beyond for his family. His father has dementia and doesn't remember anyone or anything and he has had to step in and be the man in house. Needing help to survive, he
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Stephanie   GooglyEyes
What I loved about this book, the interracial coupling, the interracial adopting, and the realness of a family going through the struggle of a loved one diagnosed with dementia.

I myself have gone through this the last few years up until my grandmother passed away last year, and the struggle is real, for everyone. If this is you, I highly suggest support groups, because it can be so difficult.

What I wasn't too keen on was sooo much back and forth between the two MC's. How Gideon seemed so shall
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Jenn (not Lily)
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku
Great story, both hilarious and tender. I loved watching Gideon's views change as the month progressed, but that was an awful helliday -- I can completely understand why he won't speak its name. My one problem is that I guessed who the consultant was very early in the book, but I don't think there was any way to hide that surprise.
Veronica
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

It took me a little while to get into this story, probably because I found Gideon annoying to begin with and a little shallow. He is highly intelligent and judgmental but meeting Alex starts to broaden his world. That is because Alex is a blue collar worker, an electrician, and he doesn't fit Gideon's stereotype of what a blue collar worker is.

Alex I loved right from the start but I'm a sucker for a tradie. Alex is hard work
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Lelyana
I gave up at 68% mark.
It was boring, and for a story that 'nothing really' happened, this is too freaking long and bored me to tears.
Some language I didn't understand, too many cyber words, and no romance and lacking of chemistry between the two MCs, made it more exhausting.
I guess this one's not for me.


*I received the ARC from publisher through Netgalley in exchange of a fair and unbiased review. No high rating required.*
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review.

I have to admit this is one of those books I chose solely for its cover. I’d never heard of the author, and I toyed with the idea of requesting the book from NetGalley for weeks. If I’d had a daisy, I would have plucked the petals to help me decide. But, I can’t begin to say how happy I am that I finally decided to just jump in and read it. This story does not disappoint. At all. From the clever cover that actu
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Elisa Rolle
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Clickbait E.J. Russell
1) I absolutely love the two main characters. They are complex and likable, with relatable problems and great chemistry. They’re excellent foils for each other, without being caricatures. Alex Henning, the hot, brawny construction worker with equally heavyweight brains, a heart of gold, and unexpected emotional depths, will remain one of my all-time favorite characters. It’s also a good emotional coming-of-age story for gun-shy Gideon
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Jessie Pinkham
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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HarbingerOfSilence
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, just-real
I really liked this one for the dynamics between Alex and Gideon. Also, getting to know what happened around these two, i.e. Alex's struggle with his family situation and Gideon's wariness after his bad experience with the ex, really added depth and made the story come to life. I love books where the MCs are actual people with family, friends and problems. It's really hard to sell a story that only happens in the micro-cosmos of the MCs.
The writing style was fluent and all around enjoyable. The
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Maria Lima
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-contemporary
Cute enough, BUT a few quibbles:
* The whole job thing - yeah, no. No way is a web designer going to be able to ALSO be a network engineer AND do it by himself. Completely different skillsets.
* The timeline of said job - not even remotely feasible. Trust me. I have worked in this field for more than twenty years - both network installs and web.
* The romance - seemed rather sidelined. There wasn't much show there, mostly tell.
Slashreader
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the writing in this book. I had not before read anything by this author, so I took advantage of the free sample option on Amazon. I purchased the book before even finishing the sample. I particularly appreciated Gideon, flaws and all -- his way with words had me hooked from the first sentence. I also immensely enjoyed the Seven of Nine/Toshiko character. I will certainly be looking for other books by this author.
Carey
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
This could have been 4 stars if I hadn't been 1/3 of the way through the book before I got fully invested. Oh, and the "clever" chapter headings were annoying to me TBH (so I ended up ignoring them).

It was a sweet story though, once I got through the beginning.
Sylvia
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.25☆



Meh this was just an ok read for me
Angelique
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lot off promis,but despite that all is there.
this one did not click with me.
I found that both guys where ,sweet,fun and nice.
both have problems,but I did not feel the Chemistry.
Nin
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Took me a long time to warm up to Gideon
Page Crusherz
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really cute. I needed a nerdy guy/blue collar worker romance. I wish Mr. Nerdy got a little bit more of a call out on some of his bad behavior, but I loved it.
Barbara
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed getting to know Alex (Gideon was too irritating for me at the beginning), but I didn't believe in them as a couple. Their relationship changed too fast.
Veronica of V's Reads
I’m going to call this a redemption romance, because one of the main characters is a brilliant dope at Humans 1.0, and he learns how to interface well with others by the end.

Gideaon Wallace is a prima donna web content designer. He freelances web design, and has a knack for building tasteful, engaging content. Unfortunately, in his personal life he’s all about the flash, the appearance, and content isn’t always important. HE never dates a man more than twice, and most hardly get that much of his
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Diana in SC
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
A swing and a miss
I was very disappointed by this C.J. Russell book. Previously, I had read "Wolf's Clothing" by this author, and I absolutely adored that M/M paranormal romance. In that book, one of the characters was a little abrasive, but he had several redeeming features. However, in "Clickbait", I did not like the characters at all. Gideon is so obnoxious! He insults people in his mind all of the time, including thinking of a prospective employer as a Luddite. He also verbally referred to
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Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
What I enjoyed most about this book was the story behind it. EJ wrote a story that pulled you into the lives of this family. Alex was the son who is trying to keep his family's head above water so he is working all the time. Alex's father has dementia and he doesnt remember his family at all. Alex is now the head of the family and he takes the job very seriously. He is trying to protect his mother and sister while helping take care of his father. It broke my heart to see how this family was suff ...more
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E.J. Russell –grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.

Reality? Eh, not so much.
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