5 stars Actor/Theatre adult - 18+ Angst Level Animals/pets artists Author Provided Bi-Sexual Book Contemporary Dee Gay Gay Heat Index Humor Hurt/comfort m/m May/December May/December Mild level angst model Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Single Parent Standalone

Deal Maker by Lily Morton

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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?


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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