Deal Maker (Renee’s Review)

Title: Deal Maker (Mixed Messages #2)
Author: Lily Morton
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary/UK
Page Count: 335
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level:  4 flames out of 5
Rating:   4.1 stars out of 5


Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.

Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a deal with himself and his hook-ups. Get in, get out and no ties with anyone.

However, an accident at home one night leads to him making a new deal and accepting the offer of help from an unlikely source. It leads to an unexpected summer of falling in love with a larger than life man and his child.

But by the end of the summer his reasons for not staying are still valid. Will he turn away? Can he?

Asa is a talented actor who has spent time away from the scene to look after his son. But now he’s back, and the last thing he needs are complications from the gorgeous man who is staying with him. Scarred from too many betrayals, he has no intention of forming a lasting tie with anyone. However, he can’t resist the beautiful man with secrets, and to his horror he develops feelings.

But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?

From the Amazon bestselling author of ‘Rule Breaker’ comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy.


So hard to review this book. I’m trying really hard NOT to compare it to Deal Breaker, but it’s almost impossible. Lily Morton hit it out of the park with that book! So this one had big shoes to fill.

Did I like it? Absolutely.

I highlighted the hell out of this book with the comedic gold available. It’s different than the banter from Rule Breaker.

The relationship development and character building were on point.

There was some of the grit from Book 1 missing in this one, but I didn’t feel bereft in any way.

Jude meets Asa through one of his fuck buddies. After a weird incident, Jude winds up temporarily living with Asa and assisting him with PA duties.

It’s through proximity that they come to be friends and then more (with a detour into passive aggressive fighting in the beginning, which was the funniest part of the book).

My one niggle was that both MCs’ exes make coincidental appearances. It didn’t feel organic. And while neither instance led to melodrama, it still felt manufactured.

Most of you who read Rule Breaker fell in total love with Jude. I’m so glad he got his HEA. I highly recommend this one.

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I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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