My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*
What to do when you are recommended a book, have great expectations for it and have the luck of getting approved for a NetGalley ARC? Well, let me tell you what not to do. You. Must. Not. Procrastinate it.
Ahem. That being said. I had a LOT of expectations for this book. And was also scared to read it. Why? Two main reasons:
1)The person who recommended gave it 5 stars, and was pretty excited about it, specially because it was written by a gay male.
2)A romance book written by a MALE author? – Yes, I admit, I have some pre-made ideas about this. Here’s the drill. I absolute adore MM romance. And, true to the Romance Guidelines, it usually follows the formula: meeting-fighting attraction-banter & teasing-go down and dirty-fight/break up – HEA.
So yeah. I procrastinated. A LOT. And then picked it up. And skies opened up and angels sung because IT FOLLOWED THE FORMULA AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!!!!!!
Gavin and Noah were perfect examples of stereotypes… on the outside and inside. You know, the hot, big ill tempered bad boy with a golden heart and the nerdy Clark Kent with a filthy mouth and inner fire. I loved them. to pieces. I loved their interaction even more. I loved how they changed each other.
The support characters were well written. And also fit flawlessly into the expected roles.
And the “crisis/breaking” part? It was so good that I actually burned dinner because I was crying so hard I didn’t realized the food was getting a shade a bit too dark.
Overall, it is your Tried & True romance book. That keeps up to any expectation you have, and is exactly what you are bargaining for when searching for it.