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240 pages, Paperback
First published January 28, 2017
This is Kelly and Jase's story. This story is set at the same time as book one (Be True) they can be read as standalones but I recommend you read them in order. I really enjoyed book one and was looking forward to book 2 and it did not disappoint! Loved this book.
'He was the only man in bLoved’s database of hundreds of thousands of eager, eligible gay men for whom the algorithms had never found a match. He was fundamentally unlovable. Destined to be alone.'
Kelly is founder and co owner of bLoved which is a gay matchmaking app. He designed the complex algorithms used himself and to his immense dissatisfaction has never found a match for himself. He therefore uses his time focusing on his business with random hookups thrown in. When he starts receiving death threats the police officer assigned to his case a random recommends his best friend Jase to be his new bodyguard. Jase is a veteran who was medically discharged from the army when he lost part of his leg in an IED explosion.
With everyone but Kelly taking these threats seriously Jase insists on taking Kelly somewhere remote and off the technology grid to hide out until the perp can be found and arrested by police Kelly is really not happy with this plan and particularly leaving his beloved (get it? Har Har) business in the hands of his stoic business partner Logan around all the Valentines Day campaigns.
Everyone convinces Kelly this is for the best and he takes off with Jase. After a few mishaps they end up in Jase's secluded cabin in Washington. This is very much hate (but secret lust) at first sight for these two and Kelly's natural snark and Jase's seemingly endless ability at neutral expressions just clashes from the very beginning but it's very funny to read.
'He gritted his teeth, silently chanting Stockholm Syndrome in his head. He didn’t actually like Jase as much as it felt like he did. Besides, even if he were to fall for Jase, which he wasn’t, it definitely wouldn’t happen this fast. Stockholm Syndrome it was.'
Most of this book takes place in Jase's cabin where their relationship develops and Kelly manages to chip away at Jase's stoic nature - mainly through the use of sass and snark which was very funny. Loved both of these MCs and I found them both to be well developed and interesting characters.
“When this is over? Kelly, you’re going to be mine.”
Secondary characters were good and I'm looking forward to Brandon's book! Overall a good read and looking forward to more from this series.
Reviewed by Lulu from Alpha Book Club