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Professionalmente parlando, il dottor Alec Johnson ha quasi raggiunto tutti i suoi obiettivi. Insieme al suo ex, il dottor Tyler Hall, è anche il vincitore di un premio a loro destinato per il lavoro che svolgono con i senzatetto. Purtroppo, però, la sua vita privata fa un po’ pena, soprattutto perché ci sono in previsione per lui diversi eventi ai quali dovrà partecipareProfessionalmente parlando, il dottor Alec Johnson ha quasi raggiunto tutti i suoi obiettivi. Insieme al suo ex, il dottor Tyler Hall, è anche il vincitore di un premio a loro destinato per il lavoro che svolgono con i senzatetto. Purtroppo, però, la sua vita privata fa un po’ pena, soprattutto perché ci sono in previsione per lui diversi eventi ai quali dovrà partecipare insieme a Tyler e al suo nuovo fidanzato. Nel tentativo di sollevarsi l’umore, Alec acquista una moto, ma non ha nemmeno idea di come si usi.Dylan Booth non ha tempo per il dottor “Incapace” e per la sua Harley del 1964, ma nonostante sia un meccanico un po’ arrogante, non riesce a dire di no alla sua richiesta di aiuto.Dopo aver trascorso la sua adolescenza per le strade e aver perso il suo migliore amico a causa dell’HIV, Dylan decide che dare una mano a quell’uomo impegnato a fare del bene sia il minimo che possa fare.Ma vedere Alec interagire con il suo ex rende Dylan stranamente protettivo nei suoi confronti, tanto che invece di presentarsi come meccanico dichiara di essere il suo nuovo fidanzato.L’ex sospetta che Dylan stia mentendo.Alec sostiene che Dylan sia pazzo.E Dylan non è sicuro di riuscire a fingere di essere gay....

Title : Fidanzato di scorta
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ISBN : 23470508
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Fidanzato di scorta Reviews

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2019-03-27 13:13

    4.25*I admit I was wrong. ( try and keep it together people)I thought this book would be a regular GFY trope. Alec would fall for the 'straight' guy and pine for him and the unfairness of it all. Dylan would, after an internal war with himself realize that he's actually 'gay', at least for Alec. The ex would be an asshat and be miserable after letting Alec get away. Like I said, I was wrong.I found this story to be so much more.Yes Alec, a genius with a photographic memory is clumsy and slightly clueless with his motorcycle ( a-I'm-making-a-big-change-since-my-boyfriend-left-me kind of motorcycle) so his friend Noah sends him to Dylan for help.Dylan is a rough and tumble kind a guy at first glance, but seeing and feeling the difference between what comes out of his mouth compared to what is happening in his heart made me fall for him myself.It all does start out as a kind of payback for Tyler, although it's really Dylan who wants to do it, not Alec. As their mutual friend Noah puts it : “Me?” Noah pressed his hand to his chest. “I wouldn’t miss this fake-homo show for all the Gucci shoes on Rodeo Drive. Besides, once Dylan Booth gets an idea in his head, the threat of hell and high water pants won’t change his mind. Hetero or not, he’ll make a fabulous backup boyfriend.”But soon the 'backup boyfriend' turns into a real friend and then more.The sex is hot and despite what I thought, Dylan has no problem sleeping with Alec.He doesn't worry about his 'manliness' or question his sexuality at all. It is as it is. I found that very refreshing.“What does that even mean?” Agitated, Dylan strode a few steps away before turning to pace back. “Fifty percent gay? Fifty percent straight? Can I be ninety percent of one? Ten percent of another? I’m not part this or part that. I’m just me.” He came to a halt in front of Alec. “A hundred percent whole me.”Dylan doesn't do relationships, even if deep inside he desperately needs and wants one. He is such a caring and good man, it's a shame he doesn't see it. He's a little dense and a little stubborn. He makes it so much harder on himself and on Alec than it needs to be, but those glimpses of his feelings and his heart really did make me forgive anything.And Alec has his own issues and although they aren't as obvious as Dylan's.I loved watching these two men fall for each other, even if there are some very serious issues touched on in this book, but it never felt dark or depressing.I loved that Tyler, the ex, isn't an asshat, he's actually a good guy too and their friend Noah is hilarious and I really can't wait for his story.I think this was a great story, I really enjoyed it and read it in one sitting, definitely recommended. The epilogue was definitely worthy of a big happy sigh.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-04-10 11:07

    **Whoop! On sale for $0.99 at Amazon US right now, 10/23/14****3.5 stars**It is universally known among my GR friends that I LOVE a good GFY/OFY/Gay-virgin story. I loooove it. I'm just pervy like that. However, this story isn't quite what I expected from that genre. When I think of "gay for you", I usually think of the emotional journey that the guy goes through to get to the point of coming to terms with the fact that he is attracted to another guy. That soul-searching, that hesitation, that is part of the delicious build-up that I crave. I love the "aha" moment, the tentativeness, the hunger... I get into the psychology of it all. Honestly, this book struck me less as a "gay-for-you" (though technically it was) and more as a "relationship-for-you" story. Dylan was really sexually free and unflappable, so the GFY aspect was more of a technicality, in my opinion. The entire book, I think, was more about Dylan trying to come to terms with the fact that he had emotional feelings for someone. I liked a lot of aspects of this book. I thought that the overall lightheartedness was refreshing, and I loved the dynamic between Alec and his mom. I think that the relationship between Alec and Tyler was ever evolving and interesting to witness. Also, I can't forget about the sex scenes- VERY hot! I especially liked it when Alec was more verbal and dom-y, like in the beginning scenes. I had some issues with the writing style of this book. It was a little stiff and literal for my tastes, though as I read more and more it bothered me less. The characters were also really obtuse as times, not picking up on things that were glaringly obvious to me. I also found Noah to be meddlesome to the point of irritating. In the end, I fell somewhere between "like" and "really like" so 3.5 stars. **Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

  • Gigi
    2019-04-23 11:51

    So funny, so SEXY, so angsty and delightful! I absolutely LOVED The Backup Boyfriend. Don't just take my word for it, as of this review date, this book has a 4.39 rating racked up with 119 reviewers and the book was only released a week ago. All the M/M romance fans love this one! It's a pretty safe bet that if you are a M/M romance fan, you will like this one too.The kicker for me was the over-the-top-squeal-with-delight epilogue. I swear I heard the angels sing.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

  • Ingela
    2019-03-25 10:05

    Written December 11, 20134 Cozy Stars - fun, sweet and so romantic - a lovely easygoing GFY storyYum, a romantic M/M novel about a recently abandoned gay doctor, Alec and a straight MC guy, Dylan. ~ Just a lovely read.The Backup Boyfriend is one of those nice romance that makes me warm and happy, I feel good, and read with pleasure every page. Although it is a bit of hassle and takes time for the characters to solve problems - dare to talk openly, initiate a real (official) relationship and talk feelings - I know all the time that this can only end in one way; cozy and heartbreakingly sweet. A perfect read after reading some more intense, tough and emotional novels.‘The scene was kinda cute. Almost...adorable.Dylan blinked, the word rolling around in his head. Adorable. Adorable? Shit, next he'd be buying a fucking minivan.’It all starts with that, the grieving and sad doctor, Alec buys a Harley Davidson. A motorcycle that unfortunately begins to fuss and refuses to start, already the very first day. The HD purchase was a somewhat ill-considered impulse purchase, because of the shock of hearing that his former boyfriend ( be future husband), who suddenly left Alec after two years, now already after just 52 days have met a new man and lover. Alec is cracked.Through a friend has Alec received a (hot) tips about a good motor repair shop. A buddy's unknown friend, called Dylan can maybe help him. Once there, he meets a laid-back, tough biker who looks absolutely stunning (but which unfortunately is completely straight). After some persuasion helps Dylan, the very nicely praying Alec (..with all thumbs), to kick start the bike.Here begins an unexpected acquaintance and pretty soon is also Dylan, to be kind, the fake backup boyfriend at a party where Alec former boyfriend Tyler will be too. Too much (strong) drinking, a still broken heart (Alec's), sympathy (Dylan's), and a new (mutual) budding lust leads to an unforgettable (surprisingly) hot evening.Pretty soon, they have some sort of friends with sex - no strings attached - relationship. That Dylan is a "straight" guy, is not the problem here ...he is soon caught on with most things, when it comes to the hot part. ~ What a yummy guy! I would love to go for a ride with him on one of his motorcycles. ~ But of course, both Alec and Dylan have some old junk in the trunk and there are a few "rides" before everything in their lifes are in place.~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~These main characters, Alec and Dylan, are two adorable men who are virtually impossible not to love right away. They have indeed, both of them, a bit difficult to find the right words, or to even say what they feel. Not surprisingly, leads this behavior (male?), quite unnecessarily, to some mess and painful misunderstandings. But, well... what would a sweet romance be, without a lot of hassle and tears, before we put an end to the saga.. . . . . “Jesus, Alec,” Dylan croaked, “you forget to mention the part where I'd feel like I got hit by a speeding semi. A very big speeding semi.”Do you want to read something really entertaining, light and with a witty dialogue (even an inner). Something easy to read, with nice (sweet) steam in the bedroom (and in the motorshop, in the garage, in the...) and overall an adorable charming story - do not hesitate, this is the book for you.I wasn't completely mesmerized and captivated by The Backup Boyfriend, but absolutely delighted. An obvious four, no doubt. ~ Nicely done Ms Jaymes, I would really like to read some more romances written by you.I LIKE - charming sweet and fun~~~~~~~~~~~~~# Macky wrote such a nice review so I couldn't help but buy the book at once. Though ... it was expensive and I really should read 100 others (owned) books first. - I have terrible bad character!!# Extra fun was that my sweet friend Maria (from the wonderful country just a bit west) joined and read it too. # ...and a new Bonus Chapter to read if you want and need more:

  • Susan
    2019-04-03 11:57

    M/M Bingo Round 8 - Week 1"Gay Romance Working Class Heroes"********************I like GFY. I like bikers.I like awkward'ish doctors.I like good deeds.I like San Francisco.And I liked this was fine. Forget all the hype for just a moment: I found The Backup Boyfriend a decent book. Nothing offended me. Nothing necessarily pissed me off about the writing. The story was alright. The lovin' was hot enough. And by the end, I guess I got, at the very least what I was looking for. Easy enough read.Now let's add in the hype: Different strokes for different folks. Totally get that. Completely fine with being excited about a book and loving it (I could never judge anyone for this after my own over-the-top behavior with Glitterland). I personally just didn't see...what the big deal was...? There didn't feel to be anything in this book that sets it apart or head and shoulders above other GFY books (though, this is actually more of an OFY (out-for-you) story). In fact, it's not any more special than Promises or Faith & Fidelity in my mind. They're all similar. So, I was a bit surprised myself to see the reaction to it. And, in my opinion, Dylan's kind of a dick at times (totally get it that his past has made him react this way...but...still...)Is it a decent read? Sure.Is it worth recommending? I guess. Is it memorable and going straight to my favorites list? Not likely (in fact, I remember Dylan's name, Tyler's name, Nick's name...and for the life of me could not remember the other MC's name (looked it up: Alec)I'm glad to be intro'd to a new author, River Jaymes, and I probably would read another book by her. Like I said...liked it...nuttin' special...but ok...

  • Macky
    2019-03-30 13:43

    You know when you just pick a book up and within the first few pages you click straight away? Well that's what happened to me with The Backup Boyfriend. I'd seen a great review ( thanks Eli) and got the vibes, so off I went to buy it and like I said more or less from the word go I was a goner! GFY might not be everyone's cup of tea because of its unbelievability factor but there's no doubt it generates great sexual tension between its MC's and the ST, which I love, in this little beauty is Off. The. Charts! Not a lot of stories carry off GFY that well but I think this one is an exception. I loved how there's much more to Dylan the ' straight' guy. He doesn't actually believe in labelling himself as any sexual persuasion, even though its always been women he's been involved with, so he has no major troubles entering into a hot and steamy ( and OMG the sex is HOT with a capitol H ) relationship with Alec when he offers to be his ' backup boyfriend ' for one night, all because poor Alec is struggling to get over the break up with his ex Travis. However, that's actually the trouble... he can do the sex — oh boy can he!!! * fans self* — but giving himself fully to a committed relationship is a no no for Dylan and that's where the misunderstandings begin to fall between the two of them. Complete opposites but deeply drawn to each other, despite their differences and backgrounds, the chemistry between them is explosive. I'm still tingling over the garage scene... * shivers* Dylan is hot, funny, exasperating, contrary, loveable and sex on legs but he also has a poignant backstory that plays a big part in why he acts like he does. Alec is just a sweetheart, who I hearted because he's conflicted about his feelings for Dylan, his ex Travis who I think gets his story next and the relationship he has with his mother which is complicated to say the least. I absolutely adored them both. Then there's larger than life Noah, a friend to both Alec and Dylan who he has a history with because of a mutual friend from Dylan's past who is also a huge part of the story. Great supporting characters who I hope will play big parts in the series to come. River has taken two gorgeous, endearing but stubborn men and woven a story around them that's made me laugh with its dry wit, sizzling sexy as hell love scenes, delicious UST and gripping ' will they/won't they' give in to their true feelings storyline... Oh and there's motorbikes too. Yum! Lighter weight but with enough conflicts and poignant undertones to move it away from being just mindless fluff and nonsense, I was entranced from start to finish. So much so that when I finished it in bed at about 1.15am I turned on my phone tethering and downloaded her other book Brad's Bachelor Party which I'm going to get stuck into ASAP. Another book and author who has gone into my faves of 2013 and I can't wait for Travis' story now. Bouncing up and down in anticipation! Recommend highly.

  • Ami
    2019-03-30 12:02

    3.5 starsAfter reading so many MM contemporary romance, finding something refreshing can be difficult. So I must give thumbs up for a different take on 'gay-for-you' (sort of), labels, and relationship in this story. Before that, let's get out the things that not working so great for me first, shall we...What Could Be Better:** The writing itself for me was a little bit stiff. It didn't flow smoothly and at times I felt like there were weird sentences, and I had to re-read the paragraphs again. Of course it's all about writing chemistry, so my issue on it might not be yours. I did notice a couple of typos (It's Y-O-U-R not you're!) but I would let that pass since this was a self-pub book.** The internal monologue could be tone down a bit. I don't mind internal pep talk, but here, it happened in almost every conversations. Alec would ask Dylan something then we got pages of Dylan's internal monologue before him answering, or vice versa. If that happens in real life, I would think that the person I talk to just spazzed out. What I can I say, I like my quick banters when it comes to conversation (I think this also contributes to my thinking the writing as a little stilted)What I Did Enjoy:** I really liked how this book challenged the 'ideal' gay and 'ideal gay relationship': that sometimes labels define us, and it ends up making person forget what is important. It was great to see how Alec's perception was thrown out by that -- that all this time he was confined with the idea of how to be gay in relationship, with labels that come with it "a couple, boyfriends, partners" and later on "husbands". I liked how Alec finally realized that he was grieving over the loss of status as couple rather than losing Tyler as a man, and he noticed when it came down to it, it was more important to have Dylan in his life, even without labels. ** I also enjoyed how Dylan didn't really care about labeling himself too -- he acknowledged that loved the sex with Alec, and he didn't really care that Alec was a man. I thought Dylan was very interesting as a character, he definitely had baggage which made him refused to be in 'committed relationship'. But again, when it came down to it, what was important was Dylan wanted to be with Alec, and he wouldn't simply walk away. My favorite part would be near the end:Alec gave the moment the consideration Dylan's concession deserved. “Actually, there's really only one thing I need you to call yourself.”Dylan tipped his head curiously. “What's that?”“Mine.”Because seriously, introducing Dylan as "My Dylan" was is wonderful as using the other labels, right?** That conversation between Alec and his mother? I LOVED that. I loved when Alec said that he fight for Prop 8 for the "right to choose" not simply fighting so he could get married, and there was a difference between the two. Heterosexual couples can be together without marriage but they also know that if they "choose" for it, they can. Not so with homosexual couples. Loved the nuance of that.** I really liked that it's not just black and white when it came to Tyler (Alec's ex). It would be interesting to read his story next, especially since it would with Memphis. 'The one who got away' is one of my favorite themes). I loved Noah too -- and it would be great reading his story next.** Sex by bringing up Leonardo Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man"? Gah, I would give extra stars just for that Final verdict:I really liked it, though I couldn't say I loved it due to the writing issues, which sort of reduced my joy of reading it. I hope it would feel better for the second book. However, I could definitely recommend it if you want to read an atypical gay-for-you story. Besides, fake-relationship is exciting (admit it, you all read at least one fake-relationship male/female romance long time ago, like when a girl asks her male friend to be her pretend boyfriend, and they end up falling in love. It was fun, right? )

  • * Meli Mel *
    2019-04-17 13:45

    ♥♥♥ 4.5 "No to Labels" STARS ♥♥♥●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Backup boyfriend?""You know. The Boyfriend substitute, at least that's how I use the term. He's not a real boyfriend, just a convenience. For display purposes only. Sometimes used to make the ex jealous."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●This book was SO good. Seriously, didn't expect it to be this good. But the characters... I just LOVE Alec and Dylan. And, if they are together... EVEN BETTER!!Alec has broken up with his boyfriend. He is sad, and still hoping to get him back. But then he finds out his ex Tyler has moved on and is dating someone. Alec is even more depressed and wants to change things up in his life a bit. So, he "impulsively" buys a motorcycle that does not work very well. His gay friend Noah recommends going to see Dylan, the owner of a motorcycle garage, to help him with his motorcycle that won't start. Somehow, these two form a friendship. Then Dylan comes up with a plan to pretend to date Alec, in order to make Tyler jealous. They didn't count on both of them developing feelings for one another.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Right now I'm choosing to be with Dylan."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●Alec, the sweet, adorkable Alec. I LOVED him! Alec was a doctor that focused on gay health, who had problems somtimes when it came to thinking about himself and his wants. I was sad for him about his split with Tyler. But once Dylan entered the picture... I was like "Tyler, who?" I loved how Alec was around Dylan. He was carefree, sometimes bold, and I loved his quirky intelligence. He made me smile so many times. Any scene with him and Dylan... always made me giddy like a school girl, that I was SO happy with how much time together they were spending. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"What does that even mean?" Agitated, Dylan strode a few steps away before turning to pace back. "Fifty percent gay? Fifty percent straight? Can I be ninety percent of one? Ten percent of the other? I’m not part this or part that. I’m just me." He came to a halt in front of Alec. "A hundred percent whole me." ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●I friggin' LOVED Dylan also. He had his issues and was quite broken from his past... which was not a great one. He lost his best friend to HIV and hasn't ever really recovered from it. I loved how possessive Dylan could be at times. I loved how goofy and funny he was with Alec. And it was quite refreshing to see a character that is "straight" be gay for someone without so much hesitancy. So there was no drama about... "I'm not gay.. I love boobs and vajayjay, blah, blah, blah." He was definitely shocked, but went along with his feelings for Alec. I really liked that.... A LOT.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Topping is like the Sky Rocket of roller-coasters, but bottoming is like a wild ride on the Screamin' Demon Express. I promise, you'll love it." ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●They steamy scenes were explosive!! Seriously... SCORCHING... CALIENTE!!! Well, too me they were anyways. *fans self* So, that part definitely didn't disappoint. I loved the writing style and how things were described. That is what made it so damn enjoyable to see Alec and Dylan turn from friends to lovers. All the characters were great, even the sometimes annoying Noah was awesome. Heck, I even liked the ex Tyler by the end of this book. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Actually, there's really only one thing I need you to call yourself.""What's that?""Mine."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●I laughed, I hurt, I smiled so big, and my ereader fogged up so bad. It was a great romantic story, with just a bit of drama to keeps things interesting without becoming too much. At times a little too sweet, but I don't care. I still loved the crap out his book. I recommend every hopless romantic m/m reader should definitely give this a try. I can't wait to see what else comes out of this series because I will for sure be checking it out.

  • Lena♥Ribka
    2019-04-22 14:44

    My 4 to 5 stars books are:OrOr Or Or Or a nice mixture at least out of two of them.In other words --->DEEPLY EMOTIONALNever boring.Never clichéd.Never ridiculous.Here it was:AndAndAndThis book was okay. At the beginning.And it was getting worse and worse as the story moved forward.The story didn't touch me in any way.I like GFY stories but I was not convinced by the transformation of Dylan from straight to gay. I couldn't buy it in this way.I didn't have an emotional connection to the characters.They were sweet, cute and extremely boring. For my taste. And I think I'll put the word DOCTOR on my no-go list straight after PRINCE.I wasn't turned on by the sex scenes.I prefer quality over quantity. I read it as a handbook for a gay technique. Sometimes you read about only one kiss and sexual tension is thick enough to cut it with a knife and sometimes you're drowned in cums and lubricants and feel nothing. Like here. I had my problems with the writing style. I like when authors make me think. I want to read how MCs feel BETWEEN the lines. This possibility was taken away from me. I was only a passive observer and it was also one of the reasons why I couldn't build any emotional connection to the characters. In spite of everything I can understand why this book is so well liked by many readers. It is a GFY book and this genre is very popular. In spite of this story is full of cliches and it lacks the originality, it is an easy-going steamy read and if you like contemporary romances without thinking a lot about you can enjoy it. It was just not for me.

  • Eli Easton
    2019-03-29 12:02

    This was a super enjoyable read from a new author to me. It was very well-written with strong characters. The UST was nice and the sex scenes were fresh and not repetitive. One of the best GFY I've read in months.The 'straight' character of Dylan had a very trouble past, being homeless for years as a teen. He has a lot of mental blocks about getting close to anyone, yet is an engaging charmer. I loved how the sections from his POV were so committed to his way of life and unable to see his own issues. The other MC, Alec, is recently out of a break-up and longs for committment and stability, almost irregardless of the other person involved. This is not a good match on paper, and yet the power of their love and attraction keeps these two coming back for more and finally resolves their differences.The author did a great job of building backstory for these two characters and the secondary characters of Noah and Tyler were interesting. I'm definitely putting River Jaymes on my buy list.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-04-11 15:58

    3.5 starsThis one grew on me. I liked both Alec and Dylan, although I wanted Dylan to pull his head out of the metaphorical ass and stop pushing Alec away. I was proud of Alec for realizing that he was too focused on the idea of being part of the perfect couple and for accepting Dylan as is, oil grease and all. And the lovin was hot, as were the motorcycles (men on Harleys, baby).Even though the GFY theme (always a downer for me) was present, it was dealt with fairly realistically, and I bought the change of heart (ok, almost...).What's stopping me from rounding up to 4 stars is the writing, which was a bit awkward, especially at the beginning, with some grammatical issues and odd word choices. The sentences didn't always flow, and the style felt off, a little amateurish maybe.Not sure I'd read Tyler's story; I didn't much like him. Noah, though, was adorable, if a bit meddlesome at times.

  • Camille
    2019-03-31 16:03

    I love GFYs. They tie with brats and daddies for being my m/ m favourites. The blurb and the enthusiastic reviews had me looking forward to what promised to be a great GFY. It was not.Don't get me wrong, it's not really bad, per se, and I can certainly perceive why so many readers enjoyed it but personally I was never able to immerse myself in the story. The mechanics of writing and the ways in which the author lacked the expertise to wield such remained too apparent for me.First off, there are grammatical issues, particularly in regards to tense.Secondly, Jaymes desperately needed to employ the use of an editor who would have banned the writer from utilising her go-to words an embarrassing number of times. I am sorely tempted to run a word count search for the words 'bark', 'wry', 'crinkles', 'huff' and several others. Buy a bloody thesaurus and attend a writing workshop please.Which brings me to my third point, this read self-publish-y. I have nothing at all against self-publishing; quite the opposite in fact. But one's work need not read amateurishly. It should not. Produce a polished manuscript before putting work on the market, please.Fourthly, there were too many tropes. I could see them popping up all over the place like mushrooms on a dead tree stump. The end, especially, read chick-litty. I hate chick-lit, passionately.Number five, there was zero GFY tension. Hello? The entire premise of a successful GFY is firmly hinged upon that tension, internal and external. There was none here, not at the beginning nor throughout. My boy was receiving blowjobs and taking it up the ass with nooooo hesitation. Yeah, okay.Finally, despite the relationship struggles, the reconciliation came easily. Again, no tension.So...this did nothing much for me. It's a perfectly reasonable read that quite a few readers will enjoy but my seasoned eyes never got a story that moved off the page.,.the page that contained errors that kept me firmly grounded.

  • SheReadsALot
    2019-03-24 17:55

    Opposites attract (white collar/blue collar score)?Fake boyfriends?This one is right up my alley!

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-04-17 14:44

    4 Reluctant Stars“Jesus had two Dads and he turned out okay.”This comment was just about a perfect sum of a conversation I had recently on whether or not gay couples should have the right to adopt(I'm definitely on the "yes" side, my dad is more conservative on the subject than I thought he would be). Anyway... Back to this book...The book had every potential for greatness and it was fun but it fell a bit off the mark. If one asked me what exactly it was I'd have to admit that I can't exactly pin-point something partiular that made me like the book less. It was just this overall feeling of detachment I had from the characters.Both Alec and Dylan lacked "fire". If a character can be called lukewarn I would say it was them. I felt none of the passion, the frustration, the struggle to accept. Dylan was slightly better that Alec in the passion department but maybe that was just because he was the one struggling with commitment.“I think you’re afraid to admit you’re bisexual.” “What does that even mean?” Agitated, Dylan strode a few steps away before turning to pace back. “Fifty percent gay? Fifty percent straight? Can I be ninety percent of one? Ten percent of another? I’m not part this or part that. I’m just me.” He came to a halt in front of Alec. “A hundred percent whole me.” The story was typical. Fake relationship turning into lust and a night of sex that leads to two that leads to a friends-with-benefits deal that never really stays that. Not many surprises there but still a storyline I enjoy a lot. I never get tired of watching friendship develop to more. Although I wouldn't call what they had "friendship" since they only knew each other a few days after Alec's weird attempt to gain control over his life by buying a motorcycle he can't handle.“Uh…” Alec scratched the back of his neck. “It was kind of an impulse buy.”“Candy, gum, and porno magazines are impulse buys,” Dylan said drily. “Not motorcycles.” Not surprisingly my favorite character was Noah, the noisy and weird friend with the twisted sense of humor and the huge heart.

  • Jilly
    2019-04-06 13:53

    This book was so cute and funny, but also devious. That's right, it gave me feelings and you know I'm against having those. The author sucks you in with the funny and charming antics of Dylan, the straight guy, pretending to be the boyfriend of Alec, the gay man with a broken heart, in order to fool Alec's ex. Dylan is determined to make Alec's ex believe they are together and it makes him angry that the ex thinks they are lying."I'm not letting that asshole call me a liar and get away with it.""But you were lying," Alec said."Hah." Dylan pointed his bottle at Alec. "But he can't prove that, now can he?"stupid self-righteous truthers..As is usually the case in trying to prove you're not lying when you are in fact a dirty liar, now Dylan and Alec must do a lot of work to prove that the lie is not a lie. And, that right there is why I tell the truth. I would rather offend someone with my truth than to have to do the work of lying. It's much easier for me which is really the most important thing.and I'm lazy..So, Dylan and Alec become friends in order to convince someone that they are lovers. And, we all know that a straight guy becoming a friend of a gay guy will make him gay, right? That's been scientifically proven according to homophobic straight men's brains.what are you trying to say?Okay, okay. I'll let that pass because their friendship to romance is pretty adorable. And, Dylan wasn't as straight as he thought he was. And, he did have a gay best friend in his youth, which I loved. So...this time...So, everything is going swimmingly well until the author decides to hit me with the feels. How dare you, sir?! Ugh, it was a tough one. You see, Dylan's best friend from his youth died of AIDS and Dylan is still really broken over it. There is a flashback of him at his friend's hospital bedside that really got to me. I needed to go quickly chop some onions in order to allow for my teary eyes. But, I don't know if it will get to others as much as it did me, although it was sad no matter what, because it hit me in a personal way. My brother died of AIDS a couple of years ago so this targeted my heart. I remember many days of sitting by his hospital bed. And, just recently I lost my dad to cancer and the last day at his hospital bed is still fresh too.Thanks a lot, book!Still, in spite of the feels, this book is totally fun and worth it if you like the m/m romance genre.

  • ⊱ Poppy ⊰
    2019-03-24 11:07

    "Backup boyfriend?”"You know. The Boyfriend substitute, at least that's how I use the term. He's not a real boyfriend, just a convenience. For display purposes only. Sometimes used to make the ex jealous."If you know me or even know my taste, you probably would've guessed that i have a taste for straight-guy-turned-gay for his partner, i loved how Love can change particularly anything. Plus this book was fun, this book got NO drama of how can i be attracted to a guy, i am not gay, i can't do this. type of drama, and that my friend was a relief.I thoroughly myself at this expense, this book didn't start well for me as i found myself fighting to have a interest in this book, but after 20% this got picked up, and gosh after that i didn't even got bore or rolled my eyes on them. I loved Alec and Dylan same, well at some time i loved Dylan more and than at some time i loved Alec more. So i still haven't decided whom i love more. Both Men were really really hot and awesome and fun to read.“I'm feeling pretty motivated," Dylan said. "Cuz the sooner you leave, the sooner Alec and I can get back to that sex swing."Tyler paused in the midst of picking up the remaining boxes. "Alex doesn't have a sew swing."The grin that hijacked Dylan's face was huge. "He does now.” The Backup Boyfriend is story of Alec & Dylan. Alec breakup with is 2-year-living-in boyfriend and a clinic partner and he was devastated and when he got to know that his Boyfriend replaced her with another man. he decided to let go and with this impulse he decided to buy a harley which he got no clue about.Because of this Harley, Dylan come's in the picture because he is an owner of his own shop. So, their first meting really made me cringe, lol yeah that's why the first 20% was not good for me, but the things really got up when Dylan got to Alec's house when his Harley was not starting ... again. Then he met his Alec's ex and seeing him giving Alec attitude Dylan and this got on Dylan's nerve and he impulsly said that he was Alec's boyfriend and that got him stuck to became his backup boyfriend on a work function they had to attend after 2 weeks.“This is the messiest, geekiest kink ever.” Dylan’s voice held a hint of awe. “Why the hell is this a total turn-on?”The fun start after they got together for Driving Harley classes and their friendship and relationship started as fun and lie, got serious. It was fun reading Dylan's thoughts about Alec and his confusion. the dual POV really helped in this situation when we got to know both side and know what they were feeling. I loved the kinky Alec and the curious Dylan. and the sex scenes were bomb. SO HOT. There was alot of emotions in this book, Dylan's past, Alec's present insecurities, and there was alot of in their own plates. This book really made me all geeky and smiley all the time when i was reading it. I loved all characters even Tyler the ex that got to be saying something about the book. i LOVED the friendship between Alec and Dylan as much as i love their chemistry and steamy scenes. Read this book all of you, a light read packed with alot of emotions.“Actually, there's really only one thing I need you to call yourself.”Dylan tipped his head curiously. “What's that?”“Mine.”

  • DW
    2019-04-06 17:43

    What a fun and sexy book. The chemistry between Alec and Dylan was great. Dylan's first encounter with Alec's ex boyfriend was hilarious. When he said they had a sex swing and that they had been getting it on for a while now, I about died. The sex was pretty hot and heated. Dylan usually took control but when Alec was in control it was all....My DylanMy Alec Dylan just could not admit that he was at least bisexual and he kept insisting that he was straight but the hot sex that he was having with Alec said otherwise. It was definitely worth a 4.5 stars!!

  • Isabel
    2019-03-24 17:12

    I loved this book, the way how Alec and Dylan's relationship started... how Dylan became Alec's white knight not even knowing what would become from that... how unexpected was the thrill of pretending to be Alec's boyfriend... and mostly how everything felt so right for them! Really sweet!!! Some super hot scenes were a fantastic bonus!!! And here it is a sweet bonus scene:

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-04-06 14:13

    Alec and Dylan..HAWT!BUT....I'll start with what ALMOST did me in because, gosh towards the end, I felt like, I was in a whirled wind of he loves me, he loves me not...and it made me feel like this.... I'm Just Say'in And Now That I've Expressed Myself, I Feel Better...The Book And Its Entirety~I Love the Cover... Is that Dylan...after the party?I Loved their first "Fake" Kiss...I Love the use of the Vector I Love the Tone of the Book, It's Ever-So-Sweet!I LMAO, some parts were so funny, and it was AWESOMEI love, the MCs ...Gosh, they were so cute together, I love them to pieces~ And...... Noah....Well When He Said...“I wouldn't miss this fake-homo show for all the Gucci Shoes on Rodeo Drive. ” — River JaymesHe Won Me Over, I Love Him!I'm glad I didn't "miss this fake-homo show " either,it was AWESOME... and I look forward to more, and really I hope for Noah's story, he's such a drama queen and since I am one as well, we will get along fabulously!"I must say, I have never read from this author~and I peeked at her bio, and I saw she is a physician, and gosh I was tickled pink! Cuz, I knew I'd get some Good Medical Jargon! "So I read on....and I got Da Vinci Vector" and I will NEVER look at the vector the same way again...EVER!4.5 Daisy Pulling Stars~

  • Debra
    2019-04-09 13:50

    4.5 starsI really liked this different take on the GFY story.Alec, successful, brilliant doctor trying to get over his lover and work partner Tyler leaving him after two years. Prone to at times babbling or being struck silent when he is stressed. Dylan, the motorcycle mechanic, has had a tough life and doesn't do anything more than a one night stand. His protective streak is brought out when he sees Alec stammering before his ex and the new boyfriend, blurts out that he and Alec are an item. They aren't. They barely know each other. And oh yeah, Dylan is straight but he doesn't mind playing the boyfriend for a few hours at a party.I enjoyed watching these two men become friends and lovers. Alec is so used to being gay and being part of a couple, Dylan's friends with benefits attitude is difficult for him to understand. Dylan doesn't want to label their relationship or his sexuality. He is happy being what they are for as long as it lasts and doesn't care what other people think about it. Their two attitudes are at conflict, but neither really want to lose the other. Add in a meddling mutual friend and Tyler's continued presence in Alec's life and the tension mounts. At least there is one time where they are completely compatible, and that is when they are having hot, steamy sex. The story is at times funny, heartbreaking, super sexy and has great pacing. The secondary characters all play their parts well. I am looking forward to the next book to get Tyler's story.

  • Shelley
    2019-03-24 13:53

    This book just proves that I should no longer be reading contemporary romance. These tropes are boring to me to death! I can see the appeal of this one ...I guess. But to me, it's all just ...meh. Read it all before ...2 Stars if I was to rate it because it was okay. I'll refrain from pulling the rating down because it was probably just me. *slumps*So I'll drag my jaded arse off to find a contemporary with space ships, goblins, or even zombies in it.

  • Heller
    2019-04-16 17:06

    4.5One of the best GFY stories that I've read. A fresh take on the trope that worked on all levels. Great characters, great chemistry, great sex, and great story. Definitely picking up the other books in the series. I have nothing but admiration for how Dylan sees the world and Alec's conversation with his mother about gay marriage was a telling moment. Fab little epilogue as well.

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-04-15 12:08

    *sigh*This one was hard to rate. On the one hand I really liked this book. It had really good feels and I liked both of the main characters.However...(view spoiler)[One thing I cannot stand in books is unnecessary angst caused by a lack of communication. And it didn't really jive with Dylan's personality. He wasn't afraid of telling others how he felt so why did he have to be that way with Alec? It didn't ring true to me.And the part when the truth finally comes out Dylan just walks away. And Alec lets him. He doesn't go after him. That frustrated me to no end.They did redeem themselves for the most part in the end so I felt a bit better about everything by the time I finished. I just wish they hadn't had their heads stuck up their asses for so long. (hide spoiler)]So I'll give this one 3.5 stars. It was enjoyable yet frustrating at the same time.

  • Rach
    2019-04-20 11:51

    OMG I cannot begin to say how amazing this book is to do it justice. The characters are swoon worthy, especially Dylan- although Alec had his moments too! Who am I kidding they are both beautiful! The story is just ABSOLUTEThe fact there is hot sex and amazing chemistry between Dylan and Alec just rounds up the perfection of is this book! I laughed, had tears in my eyes and was shouting whoot whoot a number of times throughout reading itI cannot wait for the next book in the series! YEY!!! Would I recommend it to m/m readers? HELL YES I would and will do. It is a perfect reminder of why I love m/m books. River Jaymes you have a new fan!!! I love you for giving me this book. It is one of my top 10 for 2013!!! Thanks Kelly for reading it with me and suggesting it I would have seriously missed out if you hadn't. MWAH!

  • Bev
    2019-03-26 18:01

    Really enjoyed this one, many thanks to Eli Easton for the rec....she obviously knows what I like, hehe!! 4.5 stars and 5♥♥♥♥♥ from me.Shortie review, popular book so lots of in-depth reviews. I liked all of the characters which is unusual in itself, Dylan was a very complex piece of work but some problems were to be expected in view of his past, Alec deserved some happiness after being dumped by Tyler and if he found it with a guy who wasn't exactly sure who or what he was/wanted, well so what!! Tyler...the jury's still out on him as far as I'm concerned, but looking forward to seeing what the next book brings with him as the main character and Noah, well is anyone going to be good enough for our Drama Queen?? The Boyfriend Mandate....bring it on!!

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    2019-04-06 13:07

    Almost two months had passes since Alec’s boyfriend left him. He feels humiliated and demoralized. Why? Because is ex, Tyler has already moved on, he has a new boyfriend. Alec is a successful doctor, but he can’t get over his ex, especially since he and Tyler work together. Impulsively he buys a motorcycle that does not work very well. He needs help, so a friend recommends him a good motor repair shop. The owner, Dylan he’s gorgeous man, but unfotunately for Alex, he's straight. Soon Alec and Dylan become friends, spending more and more time together. To help Alec, somehow, Dylan comes up with a plan to make Tyler jealous – pretend he dates Alec."Backup boyfriend?”"You know. The Boyfriend substitute, at least that's how I use the term. He's not a real boyfriend, just a convenience. For display purposes only. Sometimes used to make the ex jealous."Dylan is straight and doesn’t do relationships. He has a rough past. From the ages of fifteen to eighteen he’d lived on the streets, every day being a fight to survive, his only family being Rick. But Rick left him, he died almost 5 years ago. Everybody in his life left him at some point. Alec and Dylan’s relationship change at a party, when they start kissing and do some other hot stuff. What comes next - they soon become friends with benefits“It’ll be s’good,” Alec said. Lids heavy, he looked up at Dylan. “Topping is like the Sky Rocket of roller-coasters, but bottoming is like a wild ride on the Screamin’ Demon Express. I promise, you’ll love it.”but what happens when Alec falls for the straight guy and Dylan doesn’t want to be in a relationship, not because he doesn’t want the relationship, but because he practically hates the label. This was a really sweet and sexy read! I really liked how things evolved between Alec and Dylan. I loved both Alec and Dylan, they are perfect for each other. I loved their chemistry and the steamy scenes between them are really hot.I enjoyed the witty dialogue, the funny moments and the fact the story doesn’t have stupid drama or stupid angst. Also I enjoyed Noah’s character, Alec and Dylan’s friend, and even Tyler’s character.I loved how Alec realize in the end that labels are not important and having Dylan in his life is all he needs. Overall, a very nice read! “Actually, there's really only one thing I need you to call yourself.”Dylan tipped his head curiously. “What's that?”“Mine.”

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    2019-04-03 17:10

    4.5--Sweet and HOT--Stars!!This is my favorite kind of book. It left me all happy and smiley. This is a GFY (gay for you) story...which I personally like. This one had a little different take on the concept. The Backup Boyfriend is Alec and Dylan's story. Alec is a doctor. He's broken up with his boyfriend of 2 years--not his choice--who he works with and has to see on a daily basis. The story begins with Alec finding out his ex, Tyler has a new boyfriend.So....what does he do? He buys a motorcycle. "Candy, gum, and porno magazines are impulse buys....not motorcycles."Too bad it's a POS. Enter Dylan....owner of Adams' Classic Motors....motorcycle aficionado. Alec and Dylan start spending time together working on Alec's motorcycle and a friendship builds. During a run in with Alec's ex Tyler....Dylan outs himself as Alec's f*ck buddy in an effort to make Tyler jealous. One thing leads to another and Dylan has now become Alec's backup boyfriend.But Dylan's straight and he doesn't do relationships.Mostly Alec and Dylan knew they wanted to be together, they enjoyed being together, it was just a matter of getting past titles and labels and realizing what really mattered. I wanted to tell Noah to and mind his own business. I loved the sarcastic undertones and dry sense of humor that the characters had. There were several lol moments and boy oh boy were there some hot moments. This had one of the hottest non-sex scenes I've ever read! While I didn't LOVE Tyler in this book--mainly because he was the ex who broke Alec's heart--I'm still interested to read his story with stuntman Memphis Haines!I'd definitely recommend this book for all lovers of the MM genre. It was sweet and sexy!

  • Xing
    2019-04-03 15:53

    Rating: 3.25?Maybe my hormones are off today. The gay-for-you trope is my absolute favorite and the blurb sounded so promising. I was expecting the equivalent to a hot shower after a long, cold day, but ended up getting lukewarm water instead.My biggest issue with The Backup Boyfriend was my inability to sympathize and like Alec. Don't get me wrong, Alec is a good guy. Heck, he runs a clinic for homeless people! But he just didn't stick out to me as anyone special. Compared to Dylan's tragic past, Alec was just...boring. Even his problems with the ex-boyfriend, Tyler, seemed trivial to the issues that Dylan has lived through. When confronted with the ex, Dylan saw the vulnerability in Alec and wanted to help by being the fake boyfriend. I wanted to roll my eyes and tell Alec to get over it. My second issue with the book was that most (if not all) the conflicts seemed to stem from misunderstandings. Even when they agree to start communicating with one another, things continued to escalate into the BIG clusterfuck towards the end. I understand that misunderstandings seem to be the underlying problem with most M/M romance, but I felt like I needed more Hell, give me a life and death situation, give me alien invasions or zombie attacks. Just...something. But overall, this book wasn't bad. Even though the situations presented were cliche, it worked well. Dylan's humor was charming and the sex between him and Alec caused some brain overheating. Alec even got more likeable when he got his big, fat revelation towards the end (took long enough). The epilogue even left me grinning like a looney.

  • Arthur
    2019-04-12 16:43

    The fake relationship plot is found plenty in fan fiction world. This one, however, is a bit different.What I like- The inclusion of Prop 8 is nicely done. It is about politics but it is incorporated into the story without being preachy. - At least one character realizes their problem : communication issue. That even after everything is on the table but they still have issues to work on shows that authors can write a good story without resorting to the 'guys don't talk' myth. - gays or liberals in general can and might become conservatives with opposite contents. This is when they start to expect (or even worse, require) individuals to behave or think in certain ways. The book touches this favorite issue of mine. What I don't really care about - inner dialogues. Just too much. All in all, quite a nice book. Note on the sequel: (view spoiler)[Apparently, Tyler, the ex, will not last long with Logan, his nice current (on/off) boyfriend since the story is about him and his celebrity ex, not Logan. Perhaps to make room for another book with Logan as the main character? (hide spoiler)]

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2019-03-31 15:58

    4-4.5 Grease Monkey StarsOh, le sigh. I really liked this one. Alec and Dylan were super sweet and super hot. Especially Dylan. He and Alec had a lot of chemistry and I thought the progression of their relationship and their characters was decently fleshed out. Noah was also a really fun character, if a bit overbearing. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.