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The Pretty Boy and the Tomboy

(Genetic Attraction #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Caleb Martin faces a life crisis -- and he’s pretty embarrassed about it. A talented soccer star, he has the chance to sign a lucrative five year contract and be rich and famous. Two problems -- Cal is gay and signing the contract means he has to stay in the closet, maybe for life. Plus, he’ll have to spend his years diving for soccer balls when he’d like to be helping peo ...more
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Published March 3rd 2020 by Tara Lain Books (first published November 1st 2011)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I love this series. Tara Lain has written such endearing and believable characters that just grab your heart.

Deceptive Attraction is the 3rd book in her Genetic Attraction series and what a delightful and charming read.

Caleb is Jake’s brother, photo 484f26939929853ee37882ec3e69beec_zpsf44596c0.jpg who we first met in Genetic Attraction (which is one of my favorite m/m/f books ever!!!) is gay and in the closet. He has a one night stand with Elijah. Angel, Em’s cousin is a tomboy midwife who arrives from Africa
loved, loved LOVED this one. Who knew Caleb had all those layers. When I met him in The Scientist and the Supermodel, I kinda just saw him as a scared kid. What a difference a few years make! I thought that the matching of Caleb, Eli, and Angel just worked. They accentuated each others strong points and helped each others weaknesses. How perfect is that?

Although I pretty much figured out how the story was going to go, I loved reading how it was revealed. I also loved the way Caleb and Angel foug
Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

Even though I don't read many ménages with one of the trio being a woman, I can say with certain confidence that this book was different from the others. Maybe because I am a fan of m/m romance and do read almost strictly that, the combination or rather the characteristics of the main characters really appealed to me.

Cal is a football player or a soccer player if you will, but I live in Europe and soccer doe
I liked the spin on gay-for-you now being straight-for-you that this book had. I am one that likes plays on sterotypes so the whole (Guy is the one that looks like a girl and the Girl actualy looked like a boy) thing worked well for me. I thought Cal and Angel's first meeting was rather funny and their trip to the gay bar was great. I loved getting to see Jake, Em, and Roan start their family in this one too. ...more
Patricia Nelson
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tara Lain, you've done it again! This fantastic, grab-you-by-the-feels, poignant, simmering, amazing, wonderful, charming, delightful, heartfelt, and totally awesome story had me hooked from beginning to end. I would recommend getting this gem immediately, and I can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
Denise H.
(This is part of a series but can stand alone.)

*** Amazing M/M/F romantic ménage ! ***

6'5" big muscled athlete, Caleb,

is celebrating his game with the crowd when he spots blondish ringlets on a beautiful face that belongs to

slim, smaller, toned and fit male, Elijah.
A one night stand, and neither can forget the other. Cal is house-sitting (overseeing the remodel construction) for his brother, husband and wife, yes the trio, when a cousin shows up who will be the midwife for his brother's wif
Buffy Kennedy
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First I have to say that I LOVE this series. I have loved Jake and Roan, then fell for Em too. That being said, this is my favorite in the series (so far)! For one, we still get a bit of Jake, Roan, and Em as Caleb goes to housesit for them, and I don't want to say too much and risk giving some awesome surprises away, but damn was their part in the story awesome.

Now to tell you more about why I loved it...where to start?! Ok, so I loved Caleb from Jake and Roan's book, and was really excited to
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read just about all of Tara Lain's books and have enjoyed every one of them. Deceptive Attraction is no different. I have been excited for this to come out because I read the first book Genetic Attraction and loved it. I instantly fell in love with the characters from Genetic Attraction so I was looking forward to reading all about Caleb who was introduced in the first book.

Caleb (Cal) is a professional soccer player and loves the sport but doesn't know if he loves it enough to sign a con
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
This is the story of Caleb, Jake's brother, mentioned in Genetic Attraction (Genetic Attraction, #2) by Tara Lain , soccer star who's not out and is struggling with the deception; Angel, Emmaline's cousin; and Eli, a mysterious guy with commitment issues.

Caleb is being strong-armed into signing a new five-year contract which means that he has to continue to keep his sexuality secret plus he wants to do something meaningful with his life. He and Eli have a hot one-night stand and don't even exchange last names. Enter boyish Angel who twists up Cale
Rider Jacobs
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the beginning of the book Tara Lain grabbed me and pulled me into the book of Caleb Martin, the Runt from the Genetic Attraction book. Absolutely fell in love with him and Eli get together it's steamy and I wanted more!

As always things happen and the lovers go through trials of life to have to decide what they want to do and if they love each other enough to be with their lover.

My heart went out to Cal, Angel and Eli. I wanted to slap them all at one time or another, pull them in my arms a
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a thoroughly amazing story, really loved reading it. Enjoyed how the characters were all able to grow and come together to find a place in each other's lives. Enjoyed the fact that Cal and Eli were able to stand up for what they believed in and not let anyone force them apart. And Angel is the glue that holds them together. Nice to think that the three of them are off helping others in the world. A really great story! ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is a wonderful story about Caleb Martin the younger brother of Jake Martin from the first book Genetic Attraction. The book was amazing. The connection between Cal, Angel and Eli was intense. These three have to work through several issues and stumbling blocks before they can find the happiness they all want.
I love Tara's books and hope there will be more stories in this series.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is Wicked Awesome! I loved all three characters! I recommend this book as a must read!
Love hurtswick
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorry I'm behind, I was reading this book and it was amazing. A must read. ...more
Cathy M
Nov 09, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by:
Love Tara's storytelling, and have her latest man fest on my wish list. ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Here we go.....instalove! I don't like instalove stories and this story is a threeway instalove story. I'm going to ignore as much of that as possible because it weakens the rest of the story, in my opinion. And yes, I get that the three characters are genetically attracted.

Cal has to make a huge decision. Does he want to play soccer for the next 5 years or does he want to do something else? If he plays soccer he will have to keep his sexuality hidden from almost everyone in his life. When Cal
Gabrielle Lee
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
3.5 stars
While trying to decide what to do about his career Caleb finds himself with another dilemma. Caleb has found an attraction to not one but two people. Can he have what he longs for or will he let it slip away because of his fears?

I enjoyed this sweet story and was happy to see Caleb find his way to happiness. He works through a lot and it was nice to see him fight for what and who he cares about. The attraction between Angel, Caleb and Eli was strong and they clicked nicely in and out of
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like this one! It went a bit more smoothly than the others before it, due I believe, to the fact that Cal, Eli, & Angel had 2 examples of happy threesomes to show the way. Of course they still had all of the angst going on about Cal needing to make a life/career decision, and Eli's fathers meddling. I also liked that Angel is an androgynous, "tomboy" female, often mistaken as a male, and Eli pretty enough to be mistaken as a girl! Such contrast!

The snowstorm "surprise" was absolutely wo
Heather in FL
More 3.5. I think there's always a danger in reading a series back-to-back. But I don't think this series suffers from basically the same thing happening. My issue is the insta-love. I don't get the "I can't live without you" or "I love you so much" after an extremely short period of time, which is what seems to happen in this series.

In this one, instead of everyone trying to run from who they were, there seemed to be real reasons that might keep everyone apart. Caleb is a professional soccer pl
Secretly Reading
Originally Reviewed for The Book Vixen

Wowsa is this an erotic MMF ménage story! The leads are likable and the family setting makes me want to read the previous books in the series. The plot was charming enough to make up for its predictability.

Wow can this author write erotica! I’m not a shy reader but I flushed a few times at the descriptive sex scenes between the tomboy and her two gay men. Interestingly, I’ve never read a straight-for-you story but that’s exactly what this book is. Cal espec
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-f, adult, sports, menage
Good addition to the series I love. We spend a quite a bit of time with characters from the previous books given that Em's cousin, Angel, is back from work over in Senegal to deliver Em's baby and Eli has been hired to finish the carpentry in their guest house before the baby comes.

Is there hot MMF? Yes, but for a book that I liked so much there was an awful lot that annoyed the crap out of me.

Caleb is a wannabe do-gooder, deciding between a multi-million dollar soccer career and wanting to devo
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Somehow I missed this third book in the series. Instead of Em, Roan and Jake, it's focused on Jake's brother Caleb who is a hot soccer athlete. The problem? He's gay. This is not a good thing for most athletes. For soccer guys, I think it's worse because they do travel world wide (or they can) and many of those countries hate gays. This is always so frustrating to me when someone's sexual orientation or their personal preferences impact their job. It's no one's fucking business and I just don't ...more
Erica Fisher
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Pretty Boy and The Tomboy by Tara Lain was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Cal Martin is house sitting for his brothers Jake and Roan and their wife Em. The vacation is what he definitely needs to finally make a decision on what to do with the rest of his life. Sign a contract to play soccer and hide in the closet or do something socially important. Elias, likes his privacy and not willing to commit to a relationship, he meets Cal and has a one night stand, leaving was hard but ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic
Having read many Tara Lain books in the past I was delighted to have won this one even though I had not read the previous books in the series. That said I had no problems getting straight into the story. I loved Caleb and the way he was so confused over the two love interests in his life. Tara Lain has a way of making a menage seem normal and interesting enough that I feel deprived at only having one man in my life :D Angel and Eli came close seconds to Caleb as my favourite characters in the bo ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romace

A menage with a woman found its way into my mostly mm romance pile. This one was actually a good one.

I liked the fact that the romance actually was balanced across all three main characters, and didn't fall on just the woman being the submissive part. No, the author actually managed to create a believable relationship.

Throw together a soccer goalie who wants to do something more than be a jock, a tomboy midwife and a feminine model-beautiful carpenter and you get an interesting mess.

I liked t
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance readers
Really enjoyed Caleb's book and so glad he found the happiness his big brother did! I love that we got to meet Shakti 'in person' in this book! Also Jake and Caleb's older brother Sean! All the family gathered at the end of the book and I loved the interactions between them all! Loved Angel and Eli too! Now we just need their sister to find her HEA and the family will be set! ...more
3.5 * - although I was looking forward to Cal's story, the first two books in this series about Jake, Roan and Em were more interesting and drew me into action. ...more
Again love this series of books. The evil character was an a** and eli's character was not my favorite but it all ended up good in the end. ...more
Kyra Gates
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book almost brought me to tears!
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