4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Bi-Sexual Billionaire Book Boss/employee College/University coming of age Contemporary Demi Exploration Gay Geek/Jock GFY/OFY Heat Index Homophobia Insta Love Little to no angst m/m Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Purchased Scorching/high heat Virgin

Boys Don’t Cry by J.K. Hogan

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Mackenzie Pratt is having the worst luck of his life. His apartment building is being torn down, and since he’s jobless and just weeks away from graduating college, he can’t find anywhere else he can afford to live that isn’t a critter-infested dump. As he’s lamenting the very real possibility of job hunting while couch-surfing, he gets an offer from the coworker of his best friend.

An in-demand mobile app developer and heir to his parents’ fortune, Laurent Beaudry is literally an eccentric billionaire. Even though Mackenzie realizes he’s basically living the plot of a cheesy romance novel, he takes the proffered room in Laurent’s Baltimore mansion. He finds his new housemate to be grumpy, brooding, and, at times, incredibly kind and endearing.

Raised by his brother after their father’s death, Mackenzie spent his formative years plowing headlong through school, focusing on little else beyond earning his teaching certification. He’s never taken the time to explore love and relationships, much less sexuality, so when he finds himself being courted by another man, he has no idea what to do. And when he realizes he might actually return those feelings, his life takes a whole new direction.


This was a very unique story and while I’m not sure that I “loved” it – I was glad I’d read it and I found it fascinating.

From what I’ve read this is like a novelized magna/anime story and I read that it’s got a classical theme from that genre.

It’s a bit odd because our MC declares his permanent declaration of love pretty much right from the start. Laurent is definitely eccentric and has that loveable dorkiness to him that appeals to the geek-lover in me. Mackenzie is also clueless in that he’s never really thought about himself in a sexual manner so Laurent’s advances take him by surprise.

There were some times when I felt like Laurent definitely pushed the limits of acceptable “no means no” when I really mean “yes” and I didn’t always like how the introduction of sex was handled – but in the end I thought the abundance of feels and I love yous balanced this out.

If you’re like me and not super familiar with magna/anime I’d read this and see what you think!

I really enjoyed this!

4 of 5 stars


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