Deal Maker (Lili’s Review)

Title: Deal Maker (Mixed Messages #2)
Author: Lily Morton
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: December 22nd 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 335 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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.

Boy did Deal Maker by Lily Morton, have some tough shoes to follow. For me, Rule Maker, its predecessor, burst out of nowhere to make it on everyone’s favorite of the year lists. I was equal parts excited and nervous; I mean I didn’t want to be disappointed if it didn’t measure up. Well, not only did it measure up but I loved it more. It had a more emotional, softer side than Rule Maker, but it also still had the same hilarious, biting banter.

We have two men who have been hurt. One is carrying a heavyweight, and the other has been betrayed in the past. In the middle is a funny little boy who will steal your heart.

Some highlights:

-ASAAAAA! Oh my gosh. Tall, dark, handsome, kind, funny, and sexy as hell. This man turned me into putty. Good lawd!!!

-Jude. He certainly lived up to the image I had in my head of him from RM. He was every bit as loving and loyal as I had built him up, and his sense of humor was a big bonus.

-Banter. Calling all banter lovers! Just like in book 1, that hilarious British humor carried into this book. Lily Morton is one funny lady. I imagine she must keep her hubby on his toes.

-Relationship development. My favorite part of this story. I got the feeling that I was witnessing these men falling in love and becoming a family. It was lovely and heartwarming.

-Chemistry. The attraction was palpable from their first meeting, and it only grew from there.

-Billy. Billy is Asa’s son and having a child in books is tricky-it either works or it doesn’t. In this case, it does. His presence in the story never became overwhelming and annoying, and I loved the little guy. He was precious.

-The epilogue. The end had me crying happy, sappy tears.

Can this be read as a standalone? Yes, but don’t. Read Rule Maker! You won’t regret it- I promise.

All in all, I’m giving Deal Maker 5 Big Stars! I love when books make me feel an array of emotions. Here, I laughed, I cried, I got hurt, and in the end, was left incredibly happy.


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Galley copy of Deal Maker provided by Lily Morton in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant
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