Mr. January (Calendar Men #1) by Bailey Bradford

GoodReads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37541479-mr-january

Blurb

There’s no sense in pussy-footing around when it comes to love.

Albert E. Washington is a nerd and proud of it. He’s a cool cat when he shifts, but for the most part, he’s just a guy who sometimes tapes his glasses together and enjoys quality clothing like bowties and suspenders. When his boss has him acting as an errand boy, Albert finds himself in the middle of a sexy calendar photo shoot. It’s a little too much for him to process and he ends up embarrassing himself.

Gregg is Mr. January—or he will be if the photo shoot ever gets going. Injuring his back when he trips on the set isn’t going to speed things up. The appearance of a seriously hot guy who flips the switch on Gregg’s geeky-man button makes a bad day great. Now, if Gregg can just get Albert to agree to a date, if he doesn’t scare Albert off, if Albert will just pick up on the flirtatious things Gregg says…

That’s a lot of ifs, but Gregg isn’t intimidated by them. He knows his dream man when he meets him. Now all Gregg has to do is survive the photo shoot and convince Albert to give him, and love, a chance.

Review

I’m a big fan of this author’s paranormal stories. One of my favorite shifter series is her Southwestern Shifter series https://www.goodreads.com/series/48347-southwestern-shifters, so I was excited to read this based on that.

Well… though there are shifters in this story I’m not really sure why. There was little if any shifting or use of those characteristics. There wasn’t any “mate” type stuff which I adore, either. Instead this was more about a nerd and a hot guy and a mystery which only involved these guys peripherally.

I skimmed most of it and will not likely pick up more from this series.

If you’re in the mood for some slightly funny nerd/hot guy romance with a lot of smexy times – this might be for you.

2.5 of 5 stars
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Deal Maker by Lily Morton

GoodReads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36801370-deal-maker?from_search=true

Blurb

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?

Review

This book had me smiling, chuckling or ‘aww’ing throughout! There are some sober moments, but even those have a thread of humour.
The story starts with Jude, Dean and a neighbour’s bathtub – Dean is funny, but a few cells short of a working brain! Jude needs a place to stay, so Dean, his current hookup offers up his half-brother, Asa’s, place to stay. There is just one small detail Dean forgot to mention: Asa is not aware of the offer ….
We meet Billy, (Asa’s son), who won’t let Jude into the house without the password -that scene had me chuckling. Then Asa and Jude meet. They start off okay, but eventually end up on the wrong foot, with hilarious consequences!

The writing is very good, engaging and entertaining. I particularly love Billy – out of the mouth of babes (he has some gems) and Amos, who is brilliant as the voice of doom, (he reminds me of Alan Rickman).
There is so much to say about this book; it’s fun, heartwarming, touching, but I won’t be able to do it justice. All I can say is that I highly recommend this story.

I loved it.

5 stars out of 5

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