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Something Borrowed

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  23 reviews
When public defender Trevor Ortega finds himself dateless for his ex’s wedding, faking a relationship seems like the perfect solution. Less perfect is his thoughtless impulse to invite Sebastian Greer—friend, federal judge, and former boss—as his plus one. It would be a solid plan if not for one problem: Trevor’s been in love with Sebastian for years, and each fraudulent t ...more
Published March 29th 2021 by NineStar Press
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I just wish this book was longer!

The writing is just too good; the characters (help!) Ppsst! Their slow burn romance. Damn.

The characters seem so real and their development is amazing for such a short book!

I am surprised with how the fake dating trope turned out so well.

Well, this book has raised the bar. Like s good level of high and higher.

And author, what's with the characters' names? Trevor and Sebastian! I fell in love with their names before even meeting them.

I am eagerly waiting for th
Roelina Smedema
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I love a good fake dating trope and this one is so well written. I love the characters and they were really easy to relate to. I also really liked the slow-burn romance between Sebastian and Trevor, they are so cute together. Wish the book could have been even longer, I would have enjoyed every last bit of it.

Thank you Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the arc in return for an honest review.
Anushka Sierra
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Something Borrowed is a typical, fluffy, romantic short story with lots of warm feels involved. Maybe a little too typical.

The bad: The characters are neither well defined, nor authentic. In fact, they sound very much like a man and woman lifted directly off the pages of the Great Heterosexual Romance Book, from which every book in the romance genre is ap
Sara B
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wish there was more! I was hooked!

I wanted more of Trevor and Sebastian! I’m left waning and longing for a longer story so the novella did it’s job! This was probably the shortest romance I’ve read but it was super sweet and enjoyable to just see how things play out.

I would’ve loved to see a full novel with these two but it made sense for their relationship to be a novella. They’re both very straight forward characters and it worked really well with the story so I’m left satisfied!

Thank you t
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story. So I’m glad I picked it. It was a short and lovely love story between two former colleagues and now friends. I would have liked a longer ending since I felt it was a bit unfinished. Overall, it was a cute short story.

I received this ARC from the publisher and Netgalley for my honest review.
Mar 28, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

What does a single man need when attending his ex’s wedding? A fake boyfriend!

Lawyer Trevor is the single man in question, and he immediately regrets it when he impulsively asks Sebastian—the judge he used to clerk for, now his friend, and, oh yeah, the guy he’s been in love with for years—to go with him. When Sebastian shockingly says yes, Trevor expects to have to pick up the pieces of his heart after one night playing “what if” with Sebastian. Of course, what Trevor’s forgetting is t
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This novella offers a world of history and the scaffolding of a heartfelt romance through the lens of a few days and one impulsive decision that sets into motion events that have been building for years. When attorney Trevor asks his former boss and current friend Sebastian to be his fake date to his ex-girlfriend’s wedding, he doesn’t think for a moment that the man he’s been secretly in love with for years will agree— but he does. I love how beautifully the author manages to show the depth of ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

This novella was my first story by the author, and I was super happy I chose to read it. It's a sweet, slow burn story with just enough background and character development to make it work as a short story.

While I could sympathize with why Trevor wanted a date for his ex's wedding, I did suspect that, like most people, he was envisioning the worst case scenario. On the other hand, if he hadn't asked Sebastian, there wouldn't have been a story. LOL. I initially was unsure why Sebastian
Apr 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
Trevor should have already RSVP’d with a plus one, on the hopes of having someone to bring or having already planned to bring a fake date.

Otherwise, you have to either pretend wedding invitations go out shortly before a wedding and not months in advance. And since the wedding was described as extravagent, you would definitely expect invites to go out with of time. Because Trevor & Sebastian didn't discuss what their backstory would be until they were on their way to the wedding. In theory, they
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Trevor is out for drinks with his ex-boss, and now friend Sebastian when he notices an email from a past girlfriend asking him if he's going to her wedding. After grumbling to Sebastian about the difficulty to find a date for this event, he blurts out an invitation. Sebastian agrees to be his plus-one.

Trevor's best friend Cam insists this will be trouble. Trevor has been hung up on Sebastian all these years and now they are g
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
This felt more like a lovely premise for a book rather than the complete thing. It was so short that it gave me no time to get to know the characters which meant that I had no investment in their fake relationship dynamic. It's such a shame because I am the ultimate sucker for this trope and really wanted to read a book that had it at the centre.

Both of the characters were sweet and fun, and I could tell this had such potential to be something great. If it were even a couple of hundred pages, i
Poptart19 (ren)
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3 stars

A sweet, cute, sappy fake-dating romance novella with a nice amount of pining before a satisfying ending. I mean *very* sappy, but not annoyingly so.

[What I liked:]

•The characters & relationships are nicely developed for a short novella. I like both MC’s, Cam, Emma, & even Sloane. The complex history between Emma & Trevor makes a lot of sense. Sebastian & Trevor’s professional/friendly relationship is skillfully drawn, & professes nicely into something else throughout the story.

•The prose
Flying Snow
A very engaging and super-cute, quick read.

Yes - the plot is pretty far-fetched. No - the fake boyfriend trope isn't new. Yes - I knew from the outset exactly what was going to happen... But none of this reduced my enjoyment of this very sweet romance, which despite its foregone conclusions kept me turning the pages right up to the end.

The writing style was better than most books of this genre, and the characters were described well - although the length of the book (it's short!) means that you
Joyfully Jay
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
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4 stars

This has to be one of my favorite fake boyfriend reads. There’s no lying to each other; Sebastian and Trevor are friends and have been for years. Their chemistry is real and honest and you can feel the rapport the two men have built together. Trevor used to be Sebastian’s law clerk and has, during his career as a public defender, done his best to stay in Sebastian’s district. Not just because he’s in love with the man, but because Sebastian is a fair, honest, and br
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this sweet novella! I love the fake-relationship but both people are actually attracted romance trope, and it's well done here. Trevor needs a date to his ex-girlfriend's wedding. He asks his boss from a previous job, Sebastian, if he will go as a pretend date on a whim and is completely shocked when he agrees. Trevor's best friend believes this will only leave him heartbroken, but Trevor's not
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly sweet and tender story about two older men pining after each other for years. The book is short, but I was incredibly invested and charmed by the relationship between the two characters. I would immediately read any other books about them! I appreciated the honesty and openness of the book, between how the characters discuss their relation to each other within their careers and what they expect from each other.

Thanks to NetGalley and Nine Star Press for the free eARC in exchange fo
moony ☽
Something Borrowed was a quick read, at times funny, and incredibly sweet. It features one of my favorite tropes, the fake-dating one, and treats it in a lovely way. I really needed something this soft for a break. The ending made me wish there was more to further explore Sebastian and Trevor's newborn relationship, but overall I'm very happy with this novel.

Thanks to NineStar Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Free copy of the book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What can I say? I love a sappy romance.

This story really hit all my buttons on the "tropes I love" board and I devoured it all in one sitting. At the end of it, I really hoped the story would have been longer because I'd love to see how the relationship develops but I'm still very happy with this story and how it ended.

If you need a little pick-me-up, this is the story for you!
Nicole Pinto
Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a very quick read that had potential to be a good book. Unfortunately the ending cut off rather quickly and left me unsatisfied. Otherwise I thought that the two main characters had great chemistry together. Thank you to netgalley for the ARC! All opinions are my own.
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
Will this fake date lead to real love? Read this short, sweet story to find out if love is in the cards for Trevor and Sebastian.

I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sid Blackwood
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
A very quick and sweet romance. I would have liked to get to know Sebastian a bit better but other than that I really enjoyed it.
Grisel Ramirez
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wanted more! I read this in a couple hours and I loved Trevor and Sebastian so much I didn’t want to let them go. If you’ve read a sad lgbtq book recently, this is the one you want to read afterwards (Looking at you Song of Achilles readers). It is however, for adults only, this isn’t a book for young audiences. That being said, it left my heart feeling warm and happy.

Edit: I received this book through NetGalley to read for a fair review.
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 5-star, 2021, queer
Trevor is dateless for his ex's wedding. Sebastian is his friend and former boss, and he asks him to accompany him on impulse. There's just one problem: Trevor has been in love with Sebastian for years.

Ok, even just the premise was everything I wanted. I love the fake dating trope, and this was set up in a way that was believable. There is plenty of romantic and sexual tension right from the get go. I really liked Trevor straight away, and Sebastian was slightly mysterious and I wanted to know m
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Yolande Kleinn is a shameless dreamer, a stubborn optimist, and a purveyor of erotic romance. Excitable, fastidious and just a little eclectic, she spends every spare moment writing the stories she wants to read. If she can drag other people into the pool along with her, then so much the better.

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