Title: The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles #1)
Author: River Jaymes
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Page Count: 279
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Professionally, Dr. Alec Johnson has almost reached his goals. As this year’s recipient of a humanitarian award with his ex, Dr. Tyler Hall, Alec’s work with the homeless is about to be recognized. Unfortunately, his personal life sucks because now he has to attend several events alongside Tyler—with his ex’s new boyfriend in tow. In an attempt to lift his mood and break out of his rut, Alec purchases a motorcycle he has no idea how to start.
Dylan Booth doesn’t have time for Dr. Clueless and his fickle 1964 Harley, but the cocky mechanic can’t say no to the request for help. Having spent his teen years on the streets, and losing his best friend to HIV, Dylan decides teaching the do-gooder how to ride is the least he can do. But watching Alec flounder in his ex’s company throws Dylan into protector mode, and the confirmed hetero introduces himself as Alec’s new boyfriend.
The ex suspects Dylan is lying.
Alec claims Dylan’s plan is insane.
And Dylan’s not sure he can fake being gay.
But he’s a master bullshitter, and the phony PDA soon turns ultra-hot. Alec can’t afford to get attached, and Dylan’s learned everyone eventually leaves. Unfortunately, playing the backup boyfriend is starting to feel way too real…
CONTENT WARNING: This book contains Man-on-Man action, adult situations, and language.
Aw what a cute, sweet story!! Dylan, the grease-covered mechanic and Alec, the geeky doctor are great together! The story was definitely nothing like the typically over-done gay-for-you. For one, Dylan’s hang-ups revolved around labels, not his sexuality, which was really refreshing. He went into this relationship full force, just without calling it one. Alec, on the other hand, is all about the labels. He wants the husband, kids, the whole nine yards. It was fascinating to see something that started merely as pretense to make Alec’s ex jealous develop into a real, heart-warming relationship. The story was told in third person, and alternating POVs, which I love. My only minor complaint is that there wasn’t too much dialogue between Dylan and Alec. I wish I heard them talk more instead of getting their individual inner monologues in alternating chapters. All in all though, this was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to mm fans -especially those who appreciate their mm with a good dose of steamy smexy!