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Drawn In

(The Family Jules #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,102 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Owen Jules isn’t gay, and the last thing he expects is to get married to his childhood best friend. But when he moves back to his hometown after losing his wife, he finds Jude sick and at risk of dying, all because his medical insurance was cancelled.

Between wanting to help Jude out and wanting to get custody of his daughter back, Owen takes the plunge into a fake marria
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published July 29th 2017 (first published July 27th 2017)
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Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This book was filled with weird and awkward conversations, and I had a very hard time enjoying this.

The way these guys talked just didn't feel all that natural to me.

“There’s actually drool pooling in my mouth right now,” Owen responded, breathing in the warm, bright smell of Jude’s cooking.

“That’s disgusting.” Jude wrinkled his nose. “Swallow like a normal person.”

Owen chuckled. “It was meant to be a compliment.”

“I know. Work on your compliments,” Jude said.

That’s just…. weird...
Denise H.
*** Sean Ashcroft's storytelling is terrific ! ***
Owen, 26, has come home to fight for custody of his 9 mo. old daughter, Kayla.

When his wife passed away during childbirth, her folks swooped in and took her from Owen. His best friend Jude's folks are gone and he's alone, a graphic artist with type 1 Diabetes.

During their catch up conversation, Jude looks ill, too skinny. Finding out he was out of money, meds and the will to live, Owen stepped up; took Jude to the Pharmacy and got his meds. Ow
While I enjoyed this friends to lovers marriage of convenience romance, there are places that needed a great deal more development.

Owen and Jude make a great couple. And putting them in the intimacy of marriage is lovely to watch. However, we don't get enough detail on Owen's previous marriage or a thoughtful discussion of his sexuality. And this lack weakens the overall book.

What we do get is a great family setting, sweet romance and a critique of the sad state of the health care system,
This book was as formulaic as they come.

It had zero soul and no genuine emotion. It also felt like it was severely lacking in detail. The story and emotions just skimmed along the surface; I want something that is going to drag me under and then make me soar.

I won't be continuing on with this series or this author.
K.M. Neuhold
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Happy sigh 💕💕

No one does friends to lovers better than Sean Ashcroft. This book is sweet, sexy, and low angst. Wonderful read.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
*sigh* I went back and forth about finishing this book. I almost DNF'd it several times but kept hoping to get to some meat of the story. This could have been a really good romance book if the author had taken the time to make it a really good romance book. I give it 2.5 stars because the editing didn't throw me off and the writing was at least on par with some of the recent KU writers that dump this stuff out.

The premise is razor thin. (view spoiler)
Gina Marie ~books are my drug of choice~
I loved this book. It deals with some really heavy stuff in such a way to make it easier to deal with. This is a tearjerker that can make you giggle. This is the first book I have ever read that had a character preparing to die because his medication had become too expensive. The idea a diabetic could die from the cost of insulin and/or syringes is a reality. Syringes are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, I paid over a dollar for one in December. Last week I paid almost thirteen dollars for t ...more
Kristy Johnston
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: MM Romance readers
I really want to give this story more stars but I just can’t. There are holes in it big enough to drive an eighteen-wheeler through. Where did this take place? A small town in some state where apparently it is more likely that a judge will take custody of a motherless baby away from the maternal grandparents and award it to a widower father that is now married to a man than to a widower father living alone. So, obviously not in the Bible belt or any state with biased judges. Actually looking bac ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars — Be prepared for a rant. Because even though I thought this book was okay, I had many issues with it.

I really wanted to enjoy it more because I thought Jude was so sweet, but I got so frustrated with the fact that I had to ditch reality to get into it. At first I thought this book was set in the US because New York was mentioned. Then there was something about returning home to the Rockies and I assumed it was Colorado, Wyoming, somewhere over there. But the MC says that he should
While the set-up is very trope-y, the specifics of the situation are quite timely. The rationing of doses as the cost of insulin sky-rockets is a travesty and I applaud the author's efforts to bring light to how drug companies make the smallest of improvements to the drug which allows them to keep "evergreening" the patent, making generic versions impossible at this time. Shameful.

And I liked the friends-to-lovers bit. Very little angst involved with the previously self-identified as straight Ow
Dara Nelson
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, for-blog
If your goal is to find a sweet romance with only a tiny touch of angst or turmoil then this book is definitely for you. I really liked this one - it gave me a break from my usual tear-filled, emotional gut-punch reads that I normally stick with. Jude was warm and sweet, Owen was like a big, lovable clueless mutt who eventually realized what had been right in front of him all along.
Something inside Owen changed. A barrier broke, or a rope snapped, or something, something that would normally hav
HEChapter -Tina J
A few minor cases of terminology indicating a non-US English author is behind this series but nothing really distracting or detracting from the story.
Pleasant marriage of convenience developing into friends-to-lovers, first-time gay, and insta-family plot.
Looking forward to Charlie's story.
Hunter Mallone
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-m-m-reads
This book didn't waste any time jumping into the story. Which to begin with I was grasping on details of the town, but did they really matter? No. I read another review talking about how the characters were trying to flirt with each other and he was talking about the saliva building up from the smell of the food. It's not uncommon for guys to make the corny jokes or compliments. I didn't find it weird by any means. The guy was new to flirting, he had been married most of his life to his high sch ...more
I really wanted to like these guys. There was so much potential here a baby, friends to lovers, it had the makings for a great read. However, It definitely had issues with believability. Then the dialogue was stiff and just didn't work for me. Even the sexy man on man time was awkward at best. The few areas of angst seemed rushed with no real emotion.
This was a 2.5 Stars for me. I'm rounding up hoping book two is more thought out.
Chelsea Williford
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first foray into the "Random Gay Kindle Romance Novella" genre, and it was pretty much what I expected. I really did enjoy this adorable story and am glad I read it, however, I'm also glad I got it on Kindle Unlimited.

While I love the story and absolutely appreciate 'incidental gay' writing, as you would expect from 'random kindle novella', it's pretty average quality. The beginning is very 'the fuck, dude???' because it's entirely unbelievable. There is no way that neither of them
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is SAD. It starts terribly sad but it doesn´t improve! :(

All the dialogues are from the view of 2 MCs that have had a BIG recent losts in their lives so is comprensible but I found a bit difficult to read it,because I really wanted something more light and happy.

It really has some very real feelings about depression , but so real that they make me SAD all the time.

Also the romance... mmm Jude is pretty clear with his emotions but Owen... I really can´t say if Owen is really in love w
Interesting characters and an amazing idea and premise for a story, but, as other critical but respectful reviewers have put in better terms than I could, the execution leaves much to be desired. The story was jumpy and uneven, with some major holes in the premise at the start. They get ironed out, but by that point we've jumped to internal not-really-angst-but-kinda-frustrated dialogue that gets repetitive and doesn't always seem to serve a purpose. Overall, an amazing idea and outline for a st ...more
Ottilee B.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Debby Downer was a Man! Color me surprised!

I shouldn't be making fun as this book deals with the topic of health insurance and medication-- specifically, insulin-- but it's just wwaaaay to Reality for me. Maybe later? Maybe not?
JD Crittendon
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Happy Ending!

Enjoyable romantic pairing of childhood love Owen & down on his luck Jude. Throw in a cute baby, in need best friend...what’s not to love!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love in all its forms

This is a very sweet and gentle romance, with minimal angst and love in all of its forms. It was a lovely read and I enjoyed all the characters in this little world for future books.

This is the classic scenario of marrying someone to save them in some way, though in this book it is for health insurance and actually saving a person's life. Owen has just moved back home after losing his wife in childbirth, and then losing custody of his daughter months later. Once home he meet
Lovely little book that sort of simmers along. The circumstances under which Jude and Owen marry are so spot on. Given what's happening in this country, it's a wonder this doesn't happen more than you think. Wish I'd liked the book more but I felt like the author was telling me the story vs showing me through the MCs' actions. Or we see the action and then we're told! No need to do that!! For example, there is a scene where Jude intercedes with Brenda regarding Kayla. You totally get why Jude sa ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, men-with-kids, ofy-gfy
This is a very, very hard review to write. I've never been so close to DNF-ing a book to be perfectly honest, and considering I've only ever done that to 1 book, I think it says a lot! However I kept hoping it would get better...

There is so much I feel I want to say about this book. It had a great promise and could have been an absolute ripper of a story. But, it wasn't. To be honest, it was a rather big let-down.

There are major inconsistencies throughout the whole book. I found things that mad
Nanna Sander
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Lisa Cullinan
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-read
Loved loved loved this book

Drawn In is such a great book, and it does just what the title says. The moment I started reading it, I couldn't put it down, and at the same time, I didn't want it to end.
Owen and Jude have been close friends since childhood but lost touch as the last several years went by. Owen moved to New York, got married, and had a baby girl.
Jude stayed in their small town in Colorado, but as his health deteriorated, so did his means of making a living.
Timing, with the help of
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Owen and Jude are best friends since forever but lost touch when Owen married his high school sweetheart and moved away. Now Owen is back. He lost his wife in childbirth and stricken with grief and unable to care for his daughter, Kayla, he is forced to come back to his hometown. The first time he sees Jude again he is shocked by his appearance. The exuberant, lively Jude is seriously ill as he can’t afford his necessary medication. The solution to both of their problems is simple: getting marri ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Owen and Jude are lifelong best friends, but Owen left when he married and didn’t return, cutting off his family and friends.

Jude’s diabetes is out of control because he can’t afford his meds, and he’s dying. Owen comes back after losing his wife in childbirth, then having his daughter taken by his in-laws, who now have custody.

Both men have had numerous losses, which makes Owen determined to help Jude. He gives him money for his meds, then comes up with the plan for them to marry for Owen’s be
 ☔️ Stormy Day Reader
Having just finished the 2 published books in Sean Ashcroft's Goode Boys series, I wanted more so decided to start this one. While the story was sweet and I liked the characters the background was so closely related to the ones in the other series it kinda lost its allure. Three books with one of the characters in love with a boy they grew up with that they think is straight but turns out to be bisexual? Just, why? And in the Goode series, there are 3 brothers as well that all turn out gay or bi ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow...I love the progression of Sean's stories and writing as more of his stories are released! This story seems to start as a downer, as two apparent old friends meet up after not seeing each other for 8 years, and as each asks about various family members, the answer always comes up, "oh, they're dead". Yikes. Then one of them tells the other that they, too, are dying. What? Really? Not the most depressing opening chapter I've ever read, but pretty darn close! Thankfully, the rest of the story ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

I really enjoy Sean Ashcroft's work, like genuinely love the way he writes romance... but for some reason, the plotting of this book didn't quite work for me completely? as usual for one of Sean's books, the characters were all complete sweeties - the two MCs especially, but (most of) the side characters were adorable, too - but the way all the plots wrapped up and were resolved so easily just felt a bit silly. don't get me wrong, I don't want or expect a bunch of angst
Roger Shredl
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Love Story

The love shines through in this book. I love the interaction between the two men. I just wish that Mr. Ashcroft would have shown more interaction with the Jules family. The thing that felt off to me was the fact that it took him so long to introduce Charlie and his daughter. The other thing discussed in my book club was how no one ever called the mom about baby issues, even though it was made very plain that neither man had any idea how to raise a baby. It turned out to be a grea
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Sean Ashcroft likes rainy days, white hot chocolates (don't knock it 'til you've tried it!) and boys kissing in books. He currently resides in Australia, all the way down at the bottom of the mainland in a sleepy little seaside town.

He writes sweet, hot books about sweet, hot boys who absolutely deserve each other.

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