Thursday, June 9, 2022

Jerk by Daryl Banner Release Blitz

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You don't want a nice guy.
Just admit it.

The real guy you want to sweep you off your feet isn’t wearing a cardigan. He won’t remember your anniversaries or bring you hot chocolate on a cold night.

The guy you want is rough, rude, and hotter than sin.

A total jerk.

Still, inexplicably, you’re madly in love with him. Why? Is the sex really that good? Why don’t you want the nice guy? The one you can actually take home to Mom and Dad? The one who smiles with his eyes, who will laugh at your jokes — even the bad ones? The one who will hold you after a hard day, who will run to your side even if it’s inconvenient, who will cherish and worship you like something priceless and precious?

It’s inevitable that guys like me lose hope in ever finding love. Capturing your heart isn’t easy when the world is full of countless jerks you’re so willing to give it to. What’s a nice guy to do when he’s playing a game you won’t let him win?

To tell my story properly, we have to start at the end.
As in: the end of the Mr. Nice Guy I used to be.


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Jerk by Daryl Banner

Book 10
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Rome is an average gay man. He works in advertising, goes daily to the gym with his best friend, and uses a dating app to try to find love, without much success. There is one particularly interesting date that left me smiling, even if it didn’t go well for Rome.

I quite enjoy reading stories about everyday people and Rome really is a good guy. But a romantic failure, and seeing the guy he actually wants dating a complete jerk, changes Rome. We jump forward a year and Rome has changed. We don’t see him go through the transformation. On one page he is a sweet guy and on the next he is an A-hole, behaving the way the guys he used to hate behaved. The sudden change was a bit jarring. And I didn’t think much of the new Rome. He wasn’t nice and really seemed fake. But the old Rome and the new Rome collide when his old crush, Danny, now single, reappears.

Seeing Danny pretending to be someone he is not was a little difficult to read at times but it was also entertaining. There is a great scene at a party where dates from his old life and new life appear and it was fun, and could have come straight out of any romcom film.

Rome’s search for romance is a rocky one, but to see him find the real Rome and find love was totally worth it. Jerk was an entertaining and ultimately satisfying story.

This is part of a connected series, but you do not need to have read the others to enjoy this one.

Romeo is not exactly a standup guy, in fact there was quite a lot of the book where I could not decide whether I wanted to continue – but trusting that there would be a turning point, I read on, and I am glad that I did. His problematic year did then lead to an opportunity to try again with Danny, the guy that he behaved very badly towards. Danny may be his love interest, but he doesn't really have a starring role in the story.

When the lead character is behaving like a jerk, it is more difficult than usual to read on, but given the title, I knew that in this meaning of the word, the author was definitely making a strong point.



Author Bio

DARYL BANNER is an author and composer who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Honors College with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. During his time in college, he wrote, composed, and produced a musical under Tony Award-winning musical and Theatre producer Stuart Ostrow, as well as two original plays produced under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, who also mentored Daryl through the writing of his first novel.

In addition to new adult and M/M romance, Daryl writes post-apocalyptic fantasy and dystopian fiction. He is most inspired by the smart and unlikely hero, but urges you (the reader) not to fall in love with them; they may deceive you with their innocence.

Connect with Daryl Banner

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Facebook Group: Daryl's Doorway


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Jerk (ABCs of Love #10) by Daryl Banner to read and review.

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