A Higher Flame (Assured Elites #2)

Title: A Higher Flame (Assured Elites #2)
Author: Parker Avrile
Publisher: self published
Release Date: January 24, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 204
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


A celebrity matchmaking service pairs a lonely billionaire with a playboy actor. Are they nuts?

“Just be nice, and don’t break his heart too fast. Wait until after the Oscars.”

Bad boy Trent has been nominated for Best Actor, and now the rising star needs to clean up his act. A steady man at his side will make him seem more authentic to the Academy voters.

“There are so many ways this could blow up into you screwing up and having fun.”

Ben isn’t quite sure why Gran volunteered him for a blind date with a Hollywood actor. The spotlight is for other billionaires. Ben chooses to be alone in the shadows
Assured Elites never fails to put together the dreamiest matches. Will Trent and Ben break their perfect record?

A Higher Flame is a steamy gay romance novel that features a bashful billionaire, a secret beach, and a bad boy who needs to clean up his act. Always a guaranteed happy ending, and absolutely no cheating or cliffhangers.

Each novel in the Assured Elites series deals with a different couple. Feel free to start anywhere and to read them in any order.

The blurb was interesting as I found idea of matchmaking services for rich and famous intriguing. It promised to at least be fun.
The beginning suffered from fits and starts and the portrayal of the characters didn’t exactly endear them to me. But the setup was still interesting. I liked the idea of grandmother trying to fix her grandson and the sly way she went about it.

The story moves along easily giving alternating POVs of two heroes. It is fun, with entertaining dialogue. The guys engage in game of oneupmanship, which is at least, a novel way of wooing someone. (It does seem to work in this case!)
They both knew the score (it was supposed to be fake relationship) but are nevertheless interested in where connection between them could lead. I liked that they were willing to try and enjoy something that started as obligation for both of them. The play of emotions both men experience as the game between them slowly turned real added new dimension to the story, pulling me in deeper.

I didn’t buy into conflict between men at the end. It wasn’t very logical to me and the almost break up that followed seemed over the top. It is, however, very well described and the emotions both Trent and Ben experienced smoothed the edges away. The conflict drew on insecurities both men have and they were both forced to make pivotal changes in their life. Ben needs to make decision on what he wants from life while Trent needs to believe he deserves what he wants.

In the end, this story is exactly what it says on the tin: a cute story about matchmaking with a happy end.

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