4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Arranged Marriage Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Gay Heat Index m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Secret Identity Unrequited Love

Tall, Dark, and Deported by Bru Baker

release day reviewDreamspinner Presents


Crossing the border into love.

Snap decisions and misguided ideas bring Portuguese national Mateus Fontes and businessman Crawford Hargrave together at the Canadian border crossing.

Mateus is caught in a catch-22. With his almost-expired tourist visa, entrance to Canada is denied, but the US won’t let him back in either. Crawford thinks he’s solved things when he tells the border agent they’re engaged, and it works—except now they have to actually get married before either of them can get back into the United States. But Crawford has been burned by marriage once, and he’s determined not to make that mistake again.

Neither of them expects real feelings to bloom out of their fake marriage, but they do. And the two of them have to learn how to be honest with each other to make things work, which is especially hard when their entire marriage is based on lies.


This is a very, very sweet book that fits the “trope” perfectly.

If you’ve been reading all or most of the books in the Dreamspun series – this reminds me a lot of Jacob Flores’ book Suddenly Yours ( Crawford doesn’t want to muddy the waters with sex so they agree (although Mateus is reluctant) to be celibate while they remain married. In that sense, most of the relationship building is strictly platonic and it really gives the story that “Harlequin Romance” feel – where the two romantic leads pine for one another longingly for most of the book as they slowly get to know one another.

If you enjoyed Suddenly Yours, you’ll love this as much. The character development is well done and though I didn’t always like how Davis – the ex- played such a prominent role – I felt most of this was solid, character driven romance with a very, very light dash of sexual tension.

Highly enjoyable!

3.75 (rounded to 4 ) of 5 stars


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