Aaron Baker has a problem. His online clothing company is under attack. Whilst MC Securities tackle the breaches in security, he asks for an agent to pose as his fake boyfriend. He doesn’t bargain for getting a snarky, ex-marine with sad, blue eyes and submissive tendencies.
Dumped by his boyfriend, Finlay Masters concludes that the best, and safest, place for him is to return to the closet. Kicked out by his parents as a kid for being gay, closeted in the army for fifteen years, body wrecked by an explosion that cost him his job, he isn’t the best bet for any kind of relationship. Even a fake one.
Finn cleared his throat. “Just thinking that if you fancy me, and I fancy you, we could take advantage of the situation we find ourselves in. So to speak.”
Aaron couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Finn was suggesting they had sex? “You put forward a strong argument.”
Finn stared straight forward. “You just need to know that my body is a mess. My left leg, left shoulder, chest…” he waved a hand over the area and pulled a face. “Not pretty. I can leave a T-shirt on and sweats if it’s too much for you.”
The matter of fact way Finn said it robbed Aaron of speech. The car pulled up at the venue, and the moment was lost, but Aaron knew he needed to address it, he just didn’t know how.
He walked into the hotel with Finn by his side. He looked absolutely magnificent. His military bearing was clearly apparent in the way he held himself, he looked every inch the protective boyfriend as he stood aside to let Aaron pass. They walked, shoulder to shoulder in the direction of the event. Aaron glanced sideways at him.
“Hey.” His voice was low.
Finn looked at him. His dark rimmed blue eyes unreadable.
“No T-shirts, no sweats.”
Something shone in those dark eyes. The side of his mouth twitched in the tiniest of smiles as he looked away.
MC Securities Series
Finn works for MC Securities. They have been hired to ferret out who is trying to tank Aaron Baker’s clothing company. Finn poses as Aaron’s boyfriend so he has a reason to get close to people who may be involved. Their reactions to each other quickly heats up the working situation, leading to complications neither were prepared for. If you start to have feelings for your fake boyfriend is he still a fake?
Finn’s insecurity’s about his damaged body and failed relationships have left him wary. I liked how Aaron slowly brought him out of that mindset. Finn’s acceptance of Aaron’s bisexuality was pretty much a non issue.
The fake boyfriend trope is used a lot. I thought this book did a fair job of taking them from fake to real. The story was interesting and having people from the first book come into play was nice. Low angst and pleasant characters made this a nice story.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one my favourite reads of this year, without a doubt. There’s so much I loved about this story and I’ll try to break it down for you. I was pulled in straightaway with the plot; someone’s trying to sabotage Aaron’s company, so he brings in MC Securities, namely their cyber security expert Finlay Masters to help find out who the culprit is. You’ll get an idea from the blurb what Finn’s been through in the past, abandoned by his parents as a teen for being gay, then joining the marines at 18 where he’s badly injured, and Aaron, running a company that’s currently under attack, and has a strained relationship with son, Travis, who believes his Dad thinks more of the company than him. Now this is where it gets really interesting; Finlay has to pretend to be Aaron’s lover to try and help root out who’s trying to destroy Aaron’s company and his reputation. This should be easy you may think, two professional men that have been around the block, with an end game in sight but what they don’t count on is how the growing respect and attraction as they get to know one another, and lines become blurred. I adored their easy camaraderie and teasing and the genuine respect that grew between them so organically. There’s a lot happening here with a really interesting supporting cast and the sub-plot keeps you guessing. I read a heck of a lot of books in this genre and now and again one will stand head and shoulders above the others for the skilled writing and interesting, multi-layered protagonists that also has the magic ingredient that just makes it a really exceptional read, and this one is the perfect example. I devoured this book and I can’t wait for more in the series.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
My name is Ruby Moone and I love books. All kinds of books. My weakness is for romance, and that can be any kind, but I am particularly fond of historical and paranormal. I decided to write gay romance after reading some fantastic books and falling in love with the genre, so am really thrilled to have my work published here. The day job takes up a lot of my time, but every other spare moment finds me writing or reading. I live in the north west of England with my husband who thinks that I live in two worlds. The real world and in the world in my head…he probably has a point!
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