Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wanted – Bad Boyfriend by TA Moore

His mother. His best friend. The barmaid at the local pub. Everyone is determined to find Nathan Moffatt a boyfriend. It’s the last thing Nathan wants. After spending every day making sure his clients experience nothing but romantic magic, the Granshire Hotel’s wedding organizer just wants to go home, binge-watch crime dramas, and eat pizza in his underwear.

Unfortunately, no one believes him, and he’s stuck with lectures about dying alone. Then inspiration strikes. He needs the people in his life to want him to stay single as much as he does. He needs a bad boyfriend.

There’s only one man for the job.

Flynn Delaney is used to people on the island of Ceremony thinking the worst of him. But he isn’t sure he wants the dubious honor of worst boyfriend on the entire island. On the other hand, if he plays along, he gets to hang out with the gorgeous Nathan and piss off the owners of the Granshire Hotel. It’s a win-win.

There’s only one problem—Flynn’s actually quite a good boyfriend, and now Nathan’s wondering if getting off the sofa occasionally is really the worst thing in the world.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was a total miss for me. If you follow my reviews, you know I need dialogue in my books. This book was filled with mindless details of things I cared nothing about. Pages and pages with no dialogue. I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Nathan and Flynn didn't act like middle age men, they seemed more like early twenties. There was some sex, but not enough to keep me interested, and I never figured out why Flynn was supposedly such a bad guy in everyone’s eyes. This book could have been good but ended up boring and I skimmed it in hopes of it getting better.

3.5 stars

I’m a bit conflicted about this book. I loved both Nate and Flynn and they are a pretty perfect match. But the title and blurb promise a story about a fake bad boyfriend and Flynn is almost perfect from the start. Nate’s best friend is at times a pretty bad friend. Nate’s aristocratic boss is a bad man at times, but Nate and Flynn are just two men nearing middle age who enjoy the connection they find with each other.

I really love the descriptions of both Nate and Flynn’s jobs. Flynn is a natural hero. When he isn’t fixing cars, he is a coast guard volunteer. Nate plans expensive weddings for wealthy couples and his work is alternately romantic and frustrating. Their jobs let readers really see both men. We get Flynn’s kind competence and Nate’s slightly flighty hot mess. We also see Nate’s dedication to his mum and his kindness towards his brides.

Despite Flynn and Nate finding each other early in this story, there isn’t a whole lot of romance here. These two seem to thrive on secrecy, miscommunication, and gossip. It might be convincing in a new adult couple but for older men who are both grounded in every other aspect of their lives? It is exhausting and unconvincing. And we never get to find out the details of Flynn’s secret history. There are a few hot scenes between Nate and Flynn and I do love the way two such different men find a way to make a relationship work.

TA MOORE genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid when she was a small child. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in a market town on the Northern Irish coast and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a month (although she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing). She believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any animal she meets (this includes snakes, excludes bugs), and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach, realized it was really high, and chickened out.

She aspires to being a cynical misanthrope, but is unfortunately held back by a sunny disposition and an inability to be mean to strangers. If TA Moore is mean to you, that means you’re friends now.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wanted – Bad Boyfriend (Island Classifieds #1) by TA Moore to read and review.

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