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Clique by Jayden Brooks (Heartsville)


Adam Locke’s youthful looks aren’t the blessing everyone seems to think. At twenty-eight, he’s a successful photographer with his own studio and respected by his peers—but that doesn’t seem to matter to the men who catch his eye. Instead, he’s brushed aside like an underage twink with a daddy fetish.

When a hot, bearded stranger stops him from accidentally walking into traffic, Adam looks up and finds the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, his first meeting with Brandon ends with him being dismissed as a kid. Again. Adam can’t help his annoyance. He also can’t help staring (and drooling) whenever he spots Brandon walking through the neighborhood with a different dog.

He watches from afar, wondering about Brandon’s story—until the day he’s dared to take another chance. It’s just the push Adam needs, and finally, he catches Brandon’s interest. Now if only he could figure out the key to getting taciturn Brandon to open up and let Adam in. But Adam knows sometimes all it takes is a little patience for the last piece to click into place.


Adam is sick and tired of looking 18 when he’s 28. He wants a “man’s man” but he’s nobody’s “boy”. When he runs in to dog walker, Brandon, he has hopes of finally being seen for who he is and getting what he wants. When Brandon rejects him, he’s crestfallen. But his buddy Mark, from Bookmarked, convinces him to fight for what he wants … and he’s richly rewarded!


This is another super cute story from Heartsville. This time Adam finally gets his man, the recalcitrant Brandon. I loved how they drew out the “dating” process and didn’t just jump right into bed with one another.

The first person POV was hysterical and I loved the idea of Adam carrying over his aunt’s vision. This was a very sweet book with a lovely HEA.

4.5 of 5 stars


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