Professionally, Dr. Alec Johnson has almost reached his goals. As this year's recipient of a humanitarian award with his ex, Dr. Tyler Hall, Alec's work with the homeless is about to be recognized. Unfortunately, his personal life sucks because now he has to attend several events alongside Tyler - with his ex's new boyfriend in tow. In an attempt to lift his mood and break out of his rut, Alec purchases a motorcycle he has no idea how to start. Dylan Booth doesn't have time for Dr. Clueless and his fickle 1964 Harley, but the cocky mechanic can't say no to the request for help.
Having spent his teen years on the streets, and losing his best friend to HIV, Dylan decides teaching the do-gooder how to ride is the least he can do. But watching Alec flounder in his ex's company throws Dylan into protector mode, and the confirmed hetero introduces himself as Alec's new boyfriend. But Dylan's a master bullshitter, and the phony PDA soon turns ultra-hot. Alec can't afford to get attached, and Dylan's learned everyone eventually leaves. Unfortunately, playing the backup boyfriend is starting to feel way too real...
Contains mature themes.
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- A. N.
Could've benefitted from a different narrator
This wasn't half bad, actually! I did enjoy the story, but I'm also a big fan of fake relationships, so that ought to be kept in mind.
I was expecting half of the story to be about Dylan freaking out about his sexuality, but I was pleasantly surprised when that was his smallest concern. I would've liked to learn more about his background - or Alec's, for that matter - but they had more than enough going on with their relationship problems to be focussing on the past more than they did.
The characters are still interesting and three dimensional enough to keep the story entertaining. The sex scenes are way hot (especially since no ridiculous euphemisms were used in the writing of this story!), so that was a plus!
I'm not particularly interested in listening to the sequel, though, which has a lot to do with the narrator, unfortunatley.
Marc Bachmann's voice is nice enough but the way they kept over-emphasising every other word was highly distracting, and eventually annoying. I'll have a go at the sample before making a final decision, but by now I'm biased against him, unfortunately. Maybe when some more time has passed :)
Overall it's a solid story with good sex scenes. Anyone who enjoys fake dating stories, and some nice pining and denial will definitely enjoy this.
A great book, wonderfully done - one of my all-time favorites. Highly recommend this audiobook.