Saturday, November 16, 2013

ARC Review: How I Met Your Father L.B. Gregg

How I Met Your Father Title: How I Met Your Father L.B. Gregg
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Expected publication: November 18th 2013 by Riptide Publishing
Length: 98 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

The man of your dreams could be sitting right next to you.

Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn’t looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can’t dodge the “best man” bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?

Jack Bassinger’s own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter’s hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous—and extremely attractive—young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all.

Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there’s no place like home.

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org/.

Purchase Link: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/how-i-met-your-father

Review:

This story is about retired pop stars really to settle down and start a family. When I read the blurb, I thought there were two weddings on the island, but it turns out that Justin and Jack are attending the same wedding. Justin is the best man for Chuck, the groom, and Jack is the bride's father. That makes for an awkward situation when people find out that Justin and Jack are in a relationship.

I love that each member of the band has a lot of character and distinct personalities. Interestingly, they each have a career that's distinctly different from a pop star and based on their talents. I think their careers are almost too fun and interesting that it's a fantasy. Nevertheless, it is still fun to read.

Justin is retired from stardom and just wants to avoid fans and the media. He's not "out" yet and still dealing with fan's misconception that he's a womanizer. He meets Jack and wants to commit to their relationship but he's hiding secrets from Jack for the bride and groom. I see his struggles with his past about turning himself into a business and trying to become his own man now that he's retired. I love how being with Jack gives him tremendous courage and trust to show people who he really is, not the made stories by the media.

Jack is steady as a rock, nothing fazes him in the story. Part of that stems from having kids before he graduated and being responsible for their lives. He's sad that the bride and groom invited him to their wedding at the last minute as an afterthought, but doesn't hold that against them. He wants them to know he'll always be there for them. I think he's a wonderful father and really keeps in mind of what's important in life.

Overall, this is a great read with a wonderful message between the lines. It's well paced and the story is engaging. This would be a great read when you're in the mood to read about weddings, musicians, and age difference in relationships.

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