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Deal Maker

(Mixed Messages #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  3,828 ratings  ·  648 reviews
Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.

Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a de
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published December 22nd 2017 by Lily Morton
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☆ Todd
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Okay, apologies in advance, but let the profuse gushing begin! : )


As much as I enjoyed "Rule Breaker," this story was so up my reading tastes alley that, for me, "Deal Maker" blew the first book completely out of the water.

Jude was a 29 y.o., fun-loving, irreverent, underwear model and best friend to Dylan (from book 1) since they were in nursery school together. But when his upstairs neighbor's bath tub was suddenly dropped into his bedroom, he found himself without a p
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I didn't read Rule Breaker, a decision I'm regretting since I loved Dylan and Gabe in this book. Dylan's interactions with Jude were hilarious, but then again this is the funniest book I've read in a long, long time.

Seriously, I was giggling like a lunatic, to the point that my dogs were giving me the Mom Is Crazy look. Any book that can make me laugh like that is a WIN, but Deal Maker is more than just humour, snark, and banter (although it has all three in spades!).

The MCs are complex and f
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars.

I was really looking forward to getting Jude's story after he was introduced in Rule Breaker and he was just as delicious as I thought he'd be.

Jude Bailey,29,model.Quick witted,beautiful but there's a lot more to Jude than people first think when meeting him.He's given up on letting any man get too close to him.When he puts his family commitments first men tend to walk again so he's happy with no strings sex

Asa Jacobs,44,actor,father with a strong sense of family.He's been burned in love
Re-Read October 2019 via Audiobook
Audiobook - 4 stars
Story - 5 stars

This is even more funnier the second time. Joel Leslie has his good days and this was that day. The voices are distinct enough and Billy's voice fits him.

The adventures of Billy, Jude and Asa are epic

This Book!


5++++++++++++++++++ stars for this amazing book!


I laughed, i swooooned, i did fan-self so many times and laughed some more.


I had a blast during my vacation time.

~Mindy Lynn~

5 Stars!

An amazing book to end my year with.

I was beyond thrilled when I learned Jude would not only being getting his own book, but that his would be coming out next. I loved him from the first book and couldn't wait to see where his story would take him. I was VERY pleased where it went. I loved that we got plenty of Gabe and Dylan as well. It was funny how Jude came off like their wayward son. Jude and Dylan were as entertaining in this book as they were in the first book. I love their friend

I abolutely loved the previous book ...... , so I could not wait to get my grabby hands on this one. I finished it in one go...I don't even think I took a pee break, that's how much I enjoyed this one ;)

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Now for those of you haven't read Rule Breaker, no worries, this one can be read as a stand alone. I don't know why you would want to do this....but it's possible :P

Jude was introduced in the previous book as Dylan's best friend. He's a model, but other than that we didn't get to know a lot about
Lorraine Lesar
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear Ms Lily Morton,
Your humour is just sublime. So much so, you are no longer an author to me. Instead, you are now a Legend.
Thank you.
Devoted Reader
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 5 +++ stars Joel Leslie was perfect for this book!
Story - 4.5 stars

This book hits hard in the feels department. And 5 year-old Billy steals every scene he's in.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
BR review w/my girl Lost

You know those book experiences where from the start you can't stop smiling? That was me from the start, a déjà vu of Rule Breaker, so I completely agree with Lost about this author now moving into auto-buy territory. I found myself, yet again, having separation anxiety from Asa and Jude just as I did with Gabe and Dylan. So as soon as I finished it I immediately went to read the extra on her website and here I sit still feeling the loss. Lily Morton sprinkled her sparkl
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

“My Jude. My best friend, my lover and my heart.”

This book made me swoon! And I don't friggin swoon!!!

Jude is a reluctant model, working the career because it pays well. When his apartment gets flooded, he needs a place to stay other than the sex filled apartment of his best friend. A fellow model gives him a tip, leading Jude to actor Asa.

Asa loathes models, everything they stand for. So when he takes Jude in he makes it clear he thinks Jude is dumb and self involved because of h
5 Stars

For the uproarious laughter, the happy tears, and the constant state of dopey grinning, I’m dishing out full stars to this instant favourite.

I had a grand old time reading Rule Breaker, and as such, this (unfathomably-not-marked-as-a-sequel) sequel had a lot to live up to. But, oh boy, did it surpass my every expectation effortlessly.

The love story between MCs Jude (the relationship weary model) and Asa (the single father actor) progressed so perfectly, starting off with a bit of an enem
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, m-m
4.25 Stars

Unlike Rule Breaker that was full of angst, this one was very low on it (almost angst-free) but so so so funny! Oh, you couldn’t guess how I laughed hard! Every time Jude opened his mouth or Billy did something, I laughed out loud or smiled! I loved these three characters. They were so perfect. I loved Billy (Asa’s five-year-old boy), he was so so adorable and cute!

We met Jude in Rule Breaker, he was Dylan’s best friend. He’s a model. When a gap opening in his ceiling and a bath fell t
**4 unexpected but deserved stars**

It’s no mystery I was in the minority regarding Rule Breaker as I didn’t find it humorous at all. And to be honest, the introduction of this book made me fear that it would go the same way.

So, I was deliciously pleased (and relieved) that the ridiculness stopped fast and made way to banter, witt and tease to compliment this swooning building of a relationship between Jude, as beautiful as he’s kind and fun, Asa, with a big personality and a bigger heart, and B
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Second re-read: 21.08.2019
This book is adorable. It's not great, but it's very cute and funny, makes me smile and it's fast forward; meaning it's easy to read when I'm sick.

⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Still funny*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 06.04.2018
This book was still so cute and funny. I adore the characters and I like the storyline. Of course, I don't remember if I felt like something was missing the first time reading it, but I do know. I just want more, I guess. Overall, I enjoyed this re-read, but sorry to s
5 stars
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I loved this one! The writing was amazing. I fell hard for this author after reading Rule Breaker. Both books are great.
Lily Morton's writing style makes you feel like you can read on and on without getting bored for a second. And what makes a book amazing for me would be the banter between the main characters. I love laughing while reading and this author surely knows how to make me laugh.

This book is a stand-alone, but I'd recommend you to read Rule Breaker before, because: 1) it was
Witt, humor, snark galore. I spent the first part of this book laughing like a lunatic.

Asa is a movie star, Billy is his five-year old son and Jude is a Calvin Klein underwear model that barrells into their life to liven things up.

Oh my goodness, Jude made me laugh so hard at the beginning of the book.

There are also some great secondary characters. A shout out to to Peggy and Amos who are servants friends living with Asa.

It's a fairly long novel at over 350 pages. I admit I had more fun during
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.25 Stars***

I loved Jude, Asa and Billy!! ♥ ♥

The quote at the beginning of the book beautifully lays the groundwork for the journey the reader is embarking on.

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

I'm really glad that Lily Morton didn't go down the whole misunderstanding and angsty route with this book, which she could have very easily done.

Instead this book was sweet and funny and heartwarming and quirky and just dow
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
3.5 Stars
​Ever since I read ​Rule Breaker, I've been keeping my eye out for new books by this author. ​Rule Breaker had some epic banter and I was hoping the trend would continue -- and it did!

​​Deal Maker is about family and friendship and learning how to let go of responsibilities that aren't yours and learning that you, too, can find happiness. That you deserve to find happiness.

I really enjoyed Jude's voice and his general approach to life. He may seem like he doesn't take anything too seriously, but
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars ✨

𝗝𝘂𝗱𝗲'𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝘆 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘄. I knew he will be when we first met him in the first book. He's funny, clever, a loving son and an amazing friend. He can be annoying at times but that doesn't matter to me. Nope, not bias at all! :))

I love the Characters. Jude, Asa and Billy's relationship is just precious that for some reason their love felt genuine to me. Gabe and Dylan are both amazing to Jude. I found myself caring for them all even tho Gabe was horrible at fir
Lost in a Book
BR with Cupcake

4.5 Stars

Well Ladies and Gents, it’s official- Lily Morton has been added to my automatic author list. If she writes it, I’ll read it.

I really enjoyed this story with Jude and Asa along with the frequent appearances from the fabulous Dylan and Gabe.

I loved almost everything about Jude. He’s sassy, loyal, loving, funny, and intelligent. When his ceiling caves in from water damage, he’s directed to visit Asa for possible boarding in exchange for being his assistant. And man did Ju
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
I've read 1 other book by this author and liked that fine.

I like this one better. Not the least of which is because I keep envisioning Lee Pace as Asa:


Gorgeous, gorgeous man.... obsessed with him as Thranduil.

This can't possibly be a real pic - he's too private for it, but... I like it :)


Anywho... It was funny, made my chest hurt when Asa hurt. The only reason it's 4 stars instead of 5 is bc I feel like it dragged some toward the end and in the middle. I like the single dad trope. I love Asa.

Shin Mon Thway
I loved Gabe and Dylan and “Rule Breaker” but I am heads over heels in love with Asa and Jude. 😍 This book is just epic .. like Billy would say. 😁 Seriously, I’m sure enough people have sang praises about this book but I’m going to do it again because it’s that kind of book that deserves all the praises in the world. 😉

Jude is really tired of people never seeing past his facade as a superstar model. He may be pretty and stunning AF but that doesn’t mean he has dumb model brain. When his flat got
5+++++ and beyond stars!


THIS WAS PERFECT! Oh man it was so so so good! I can't asfhaksjfh I stayed up superrr fucking late to finish this because I just could NOT. PUT. iT. DOWN.

I loved this so much, I loved it even more than the first book, which was pretty fucking good. But oh man, this...THIS! <333

From the start I was laughing my ass off, and I continued to laugh frequently throughout the rest of the novel. Jude is so freaking hilarious - the reply letter at the beginning of each chapter were
Oh, my, my. I was super excited when I saw that Jude’s book was finally out! Dylan’s story was absolutely brilliant and I knew Mrs. Morton wouldn’t disappoint me with Jude.

Jude, Asa, and Billy made this story so worthwhile. They were real, funny and the chemistry between them was natural. They made me fall in love with each one of them and made me laugh so hard more than once. Boy, oh, boy, I absolutely love Mrs. Morton’s dark and subtle humor.

Seriously, the banter was amazing! That’s one of t

Boy did Deal Maker by Lily Morton, have some tough shoes to follow. For me, Rule Maker, its predecessor, burst out of nowhere to make it on everyone's favorite of the year lists. I was equal parts excited and nervous; I mean I didn't want to be disappointed if it didn't measure up. Well, not only did it measure up but I loved it more. It had a more emotional, softer side than Rule Maker, but it also still had the same hilarious, biting banter.

We have two men who have been hurt. One is carry
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: low-angst, mm, series
3.5 stars

While I liked this better than the first time I tried it (and got to 70%), I do have to admit that the first half was better than the second half.

I liked both Jude and Asa (and Billy of course), but once they got together it started to drag a bit.

And what I often have with Lily Morton books is that I really like the banter at first, but then it slowly starts to feel a bit forced. Like with the letters Jude wrote to Asa’s fans. At first they were super funny, but then they were either re
This felt like a historical romance setting, not a contemporary love story. Lots of cooks and drivers and nannies live in house and Asa and Jude’s relationship was quite chaste, except when they do some hard fucking. The sex was so different than what these men actually act like in public. It just didn’t sit right with me. And the relationship angst was a sorry attempt (view spoiler) at real, suspenseful drama.

This just didn't sit with me. But the s
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

4/5 ★

“It was lovely to see him with such a big smile on his face.”
“Why was he smiling?”
Rachel speaks again and steals my thoughts away. “You.”

It makes me feel a bit better reading a book that is not as heavy as the ones that I have been reading lately.

Well, this book was way, way better than I had anticipated. I absolutely adored it.
The writing was good, the banter between the two main characters was on point, just like with chemistry and tension.

This was a was a slow, slow-bu
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Lily is a bestselling gay romance author.

She lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven't had a proper conversation with her since she got her Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams, and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing because how else

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“Forever?” I say softly, and Asa buries his head in my neck.
I shiver as I feel, as well as hear his words falling into the air like a magical incantation.
“It’s a deal, Jude.”
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