The Summer of Us (Natosha’s Review)

Title: The Summer of Us
Author: Lily Morton
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary Roma, friends to lovers, gay for you
Page Count: 228 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

It’s going to be a long hot summer.

John is an exceptionally good lawyer. He’s driven, arrogant and hides a warm heart underneath a façade of cool politeness. He’s used to people disliking him but for some reason when meeting Matt in London the other man’s open dislike of him bothers him. He’s therefore surprised to find himself offering Matt a place to stay in his villa in the South of France while he’s working nearby. He’s surprised because he’d actually planned to spend the summer working on his book and plotting to get his ex-wife back.
However, his perfect plans take a blow as the long hot summer progresses and the two men get closer, and John starts to nurse an unexpected attraction to his houseguest from hell.
Matt is John’s polar opposite. He’s warm, funny, sociable and scruffy. He loves people and they love him back. However, to his consternation he hates John more than he hates Marmite, and Marmite makes him vomit. He hates his arrogance, his public school voice and the air of superiority that he carries around. The idea of staying in his home with just him for company sounds torturous and not in a good way.
However, as the hot, lazy days slip by he’s forced to realise that maybe he’s not such a good judge of character after all, because underneath that arrogance is a warm, funny, vulnerable man who’s incredibly sexy. The only problem is that while Matt is gay John is completely straight and Matt now wants him more than he’s ever wanted anything in his life.

See what happens when two men who think that they have nothing in common apart from a past mutual hatred find out that they might actually be each other’s future.

From the author of the popular Beggar’s Choice series comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy.
This is a spin-off from the Beggar’s Choice series. It features characters from the series but can be read as a complete standalone.

This was such an incredible read. It may be called “The Summer of Us” but in my opinion it is more a summer of revaluations.

John at first glance would seem like and arrogant, know it all but that is not exactly true. See the way I see it, the arrogance is all a facade for what lies underneath it all. Yes he is arrogant when it comes to his job but that is because he knows he is good at his job and that he will get done what needs to be done. But as far as his self, I think that he is vulnerable. He does not trust himself to be himself around others so he rarely lets anyone in to see the other side of him. He puts up his facade especially when he is not sure how else to act. And that is exactly what Matt met the first time they came in contact with each other. An arrogant man that has a take charge attitude and leads instead of follows.

This rubbed Matt the wrong way especially because from the moment he laid eyes on John he was majorly attracted to him and not to mention the fact that he is straight. So all that led to Matt not liking him right away which is unusual for Matt who likes everyone.

An opportunity arises wher John is able to offer his Villa to Matt as a place to stay while he is overseeing his friend’s renovations. Matt begrudgingly accepts and the offer and decides that this is the perfect opportunity to try and change his views about John.

The two men form.a friendship and the closer they become as friends the more both men are feeling the pull of attraction between the two of them. After a while of John contemplating his attraction to Matt since he has never been attracted to a man before he decides to go with it and see what can turn out between the two of them.

John becomes emotionally involved with Matt and Matt treats them as they are friends with benefits. When John questions this they get into an argument because John wants more and Matt does not seem to want the same. So what do you do when the one you want does not act as if they feel the same? This is what John is going to have to figure out for himself. Does he fight for the love that he knows they both feel or does he give up and walk away.

I love books like this one where one of the main actors realizes for the first that they are attracted to another man. It makes for an interesting read to follow along as it plays out. Then you throw in the twist that one wants things to be strictly casual between the two of them and you have definitely got yourself an amazing read with a lot of drama. And I will tell you this book is not short on drama, that is for sure. I look forward to another book in this series if it is anything like this one.

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Galley copy of The Summer of Us provided by Lily Morton in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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