Title: Romancing the Wrong Twin (Dreamspun Desires #21)
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
How tangled can a romantic web get?
When gruff mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George seeks sponsorship for his latest expedition, his London PA insists on a more media-friendly profile—like dating celebrity supermodel Zeb Z.
Zeb can’t make the date, so he asks his identical twin, Aidan, to stand in for just one evening. Aidan, a struggling playwright, shuns the limelight to the extent people don’t even know Zeb has a sibling, but he reluctantly agrees.
When the deception has to continue beyond the first date, Aidan fights to keep up the pretense. Dominic likes his sassy, intelligent companion, and Aidan starts falling for the forthright explorer. But how long can Aidan’s conscience cope as confusion abounds? Will coming clean as “the other twin” destroy the trust they’ve built?
“Romancing the Wrong Twin” is the tale of a grumpy hairy mountaineer and a struggling playwright with a Harlequin-esque twist involving twins. Sure it’s improbable but it’s a delight to buy into the trope and enjoy this deliciously sexy story.
It’s simple really – Dominic Hartington-George needs money to finance his mountaineering expedition to Eiger, and Aidan needs funds to support his struggling group of players. In order to raise his profile for potential investors, Dominic needs to be seen out and about with an A-list celeb – someone like supermodel Zeb B. But when Zeb B is double-booked for a promotional event, he bulldozes his twin brother Aidan into impersonating him in exchange for the hefty fee.
Aidan, “the more timid twin, a quiet, creative, deep-feeling man” is out of his depth with the charade but quickly finds himself drawn to Dominic’s “Hairy skin. Strong arms. Warm, muscular thighs. Oh fuck.” as well as the man behind the grumpy rough exterior. The spark between them bursts into flames during a oh-my-god-steamy underwear photo shoot and the chemistry between the two is ridiculously hawt.
The story clips along at a steady pace as we get both Dominic and Aidan’s POV until the very satisfactory ending with a big reveal. This was a fun read and a really enjoyable twist on a romance novel trope.