Love you like a romance novel

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Title: Love you like a romance novel (Missing Butterfly/Lord series)
Author: Megan Derr
Cover Artist: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Buy Link: Amazon Genre: contemporary romance
Length: Novel (197 pages)
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Larissa

Review Summary: a wicked and thrilling enemy to lovers story with great characters and a many faceted plot.


Blurb:

From the world of The Missing Butterfly comes a tale of two men who cannot stand one another, but cannot stand to be apart …

Jet gave up everything to make it to the top of rock. On track to take over his family’s business and wealth, he defied everyone to start at the bottom and work his way up to become drummer of one of the world’s most popular bands, Forever and a Dai. And his family might have forgiven him if he hadn’t taken his cousin Dai with him.

Jason is everything Jet chose not to be: an obedient son, a powerful and respected lawyer, wealthy, established, and set to inherit the family kingdom. Dai’s brother, and Jet’s cousin, he is a constant reminder of everything Jet should be and is not.

But everybody has secrets, and those secrets are all about to come out.

Previously a Less Than Three Press serialized online fiction

 

Review:

Love you like a romance novel is one of Megan Derr’s many gems. The story is part of the Missing Butterfly/Lord series, a mixed world featuring rock stars and organized crime. It’s actually two series fused together. It makes for an interesting set of stories.

Love you like a romance novel is the latest in the series and focuses on Jason and Jet. The two couldn’t be more different, but the one thing they have in common in their family and they are in love with each other.

As the blurb says, Jet gave up everything to become a rock star and follow his dreams, including his family when he convinced his cousin Dai to come with him. Now they have everything and are back home for a well-deserved break after touring. However, the rest is disturbed when Jet’s father dies and Jet is made the one and only heir.

That is where Jason comes in. He is Jet’s cousin, a ruthless lawyer…Jet’s lawyer. There is much more to their familiar and lawyer-client relationship. They are lovers as well and their relationship is explosive. But nothing is as it seems.

There is a lot to the plot of Love you like a romance novel. It’s an emotional rollercoaster with many angles to the story. The main plotline is Jason and Jet, but there is also the angle of Jason and Jet’s standing in their family, Jason’s link to a crime family and Jet possibly taking over his father’s company. It’s a good mix. It makes it so the story is definitely not boring and it keeps the reader on their toes. There is always something happening.

The characterization of this story is well done. Nothing about the characters (nor the story at large) is told. It’s for the reader to find out, an aspect I like in a story.

Jet is the independent, rebel rocker who stands for what he believes in even if it means walking away. He is as stubborn as he is talented. Even if he doesn’t want to take over the family business, he is a good businessman and he used that to make his band a success. On the personal side he tends to take care of others before himself. He is in love with Jason, even if he doesn’t let on, and has been for years. The nature of their relationship makes it hard for him, but he can’t let Jason go. Even if it means he has to resort to blackmail. But you can’t help but love someone who has Care Bears tattooed on his ass!

Jason is the golden boy of the family to the outside world. To insiders he’s the one everyone counts on. He is strong and independent and ruthless. He is brilliant and knows how to play the game. He is also stuck in his world. In a way he envies Jet and Dai for their freedom. He also has a romantic side, which he shows through his alter ego: a romance novelist, something Jet shamelessly uses.

Love you like a romance novel is a well written story. What I liked was that nothing in this story is obvious. Plus the characters are not stock characters, the typical stereotypes we see in far too many m/m stories. They are strong and willing to fight for what they believe in. There is no Big Misunderstanding (thank the gods of books).

The only real downside I saw to this story was the editing. There are a little too many typo’s left in the story. Though I have to admit that I was so engrossed in the story, it didn’t really bother me.

Love you like a romance novel is worth picking up. Even though it’s part of a series it can be read as a stand-alone. There are characters from the other books that make cameos, but nothing essential is given away.

As a side note, some of you might find it offensive that Jason and Jet are cousins and thus in an incestuous relationship (even though legal in some states in America). There is more to the story, but you should be aware of it. All I can say is: don’t worry overly much about it.

20 comments

  • Usually, I enjoy Megan Derr’s novels. This one, not so much.
    Jason is supposed to be this level-headed hot-shot lawyer and Jet a wild rock star musician with business background, but their behaviour didn’t ring true. In fact, I was reminded of Kimberling’s TSTL article.
    I’d describe this novel as loud and overly dramatic, but without substance.

    An aside: Doesn’t Derr own Less Than Three Press and is basically self-publishing?

    • Sadly I have to agree – at least in regard to Jason since law is something I do know about. I mean, I do not know much about corporate law but one of the few useful things they drill in you on law school is “think like a lawyer” and so many times Jason just not. And do not even get me started on how he acts. Agreeing to deliver a message was the most hilarious part – I was thinking something along the lines – have you completely lost your brains man? I did love their bickering because I am a sucker for that, but you need to suspend disbelief a lot IMO.

      • Law is something I’m blissfully unaware about. At least American law. Personally I had no problem with Jason’s or Jet’s characterization. Mostly because I do not let myself be influenced by blurbs. I just liked the part where they were not stereotypes. Jason was not the typical lawyer (mistakes in law set aside) and Jet was not the typical wild child (thank goodness). But that is just me. 🙂

  • I liked Missing Butterfly, but not nearly as much as her fantasy, but you just had to say “fromm enemies to lovers and I am so sold. Great review 🙂

    • Hahaha yup! Her fantasy stories are pretty darn awesome too! I like all of this author’s books so far, can’t help it!

      Have fun reading! 🙂

  • I have yet to read a story by this author, but after reading your review and an excerpt from the book, I plan to start with this one, Thanks!

    • Have fun! It’s a good book to start. You might want to read Missing Butterfly first, but this author’s book are usually such that you can read them as stand-alone’s.

  • I LOVE Megan Derr’s books! In the fantasy category she is one of my top three. The imagination and world building put into her stories captivate me every time. I have not read this book yet, but I do have and plan on reading it soon (stupid TBR mountain). But this review has encouraged me to move it up in the list…perhaps this weekend. And I agree the typos can be frustrating, but not enough to make me dislike the book. 😀 Great review!

    • Hear hear! We’re definitely on the same page 🙂

      Same here. It was fun to find out I have almost every single book by Derr, but never got around to reading them. Now they are all at the top of my to be read pile 😉

      I hope you like this one, but I believe you will!

  • I think I will read this book based on your enthusiasm and the fact that the characters are unusual and there are surprises in the story.

    Since you and Jen were so enthusiastic about Megan Derr I requested one of her books yesterday, Dance with the Devil, but I probably won’t be able to review it for about a month as I’m really behind. Apparently it’s one of a series so if I like it maybe I’ll get just as hooked as you are. 🙂

    • Dance with the Devil was quite good. Although I like Dance in the Dark more… I think it was because how Ms. Derr seamlessly incorporated fairy tales into the story.

      I think you will like Christ (the MC) voice quite a lot 😉 He’s the surly. grumpy one 😛

  • I’m a huge fan of Megan Derr’s books. There were problems with typos and editing in all of the stories that I’ve read from this particular publisher, some more and some less.
    Just wishing they could use some type of spell check, grammar check feature etc.

    • Hi Jess. This author’s books sure are likable. Once I get my hands on one, I can’t seem to put it down.

      Concerning the typo’s, yes. Unfortunately it seems to be a common problem. It’s not only this publisher, a lot of them have manuscripts with a great many typos. Something which is the easiest thing to fix in a story, I believe 😉

  • Sounds like a Harlequin story of the M/M version. Interesting though. Debating with myself whether the editing, typo’s, etc will be an issue, though. But it’s not overtly bothersome, is it? (For some, minor things can ruin the whole reading. 🙂 )

    • Hey D. I’ve never really been into Harlequin stories, so I wouldn’t know.
      Megan Derr’s writings are of such a calibre that I didn’t mind the typo’s. There are no plot holes or switching of names. It really is just typo’s. While not ideal, it could be worse.

      I hope you like it 🙂

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