Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Yes, He’s My Ex
Author: Julie Lynn Hayes
Heroes: Tim & Sonny
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 152 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 2, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sometimes Sonny Scrignoli forgets he’s Tim Mansfield’s ex. He waltzes in and out of Tim’s apartment like he still lives there, driving Tim crazy. Is it really so hard to remember they’ve broken up? Then again, maybe Tim should quit having sex with him.
When Sonny disappears for two weeks, Tim can’t help but be concerned. A strange phone call and a mysterious cry for help leads Tim on a desperate search for his ex.
Sonny’s in big trouble, and it’s Tim to the rescue! He’s the only one who can save his ex from a fate worse than death. Bumbling gangsters, a thick-headed former boyfriend, and secretive FBI agents lead Tim and Sonny on a merry chase full of laughs and quirks.
I picked this book for review because I was hoping for something fun and light to read, but I soon realized that this book WAS NOT FOR ME…AT ALL!! I would have DNF it early on, but since I requested a copy for an honest review, I had to continue and give it a fair chance. So I did.
What almost worked for me:
- The present tense took a bit to get accustomed to, but I think it helped keep the pace of the story moving along.
- Tim’s “flighty” way of delivering the story was humorous, but eventually became exhausting to follow.
- Sonny’s nickname for Tim, “Tim-tim”, was cute in the beginning, but then it became very annoying the more it was repeated. Then I just started thinking about Tim-Tams and wanted to go get myself a cookie.
- They ended up at the Bates Motel, which had me cracking up.
- The overall plot was kinda outrageous and funny and waaaaay over the top, which would have been okay without THE ONE BIG THING that did not work for me.
What did not work for me:
- I was very uncomfortable with Tim and Sonny’s relationship. I’m not sure what mental handicap Sonny had, but he was definitely “simple” or “special” or whatever the politically correct term is these days. He’s described as “thick-headed” in the blurb, and thats the only description I ever got. To me, he had the mentality of a small child, and Tim was more adult and held a decent job as a book keeper. Sonny did soooooo many child-like things…so that was how I saw him. And when Tim and Sonny would start making out or having sex, it really squicked me out! I’m sure that makes me sound like I’m a mean and horrible person, but no, everyone deserves to be loved and to be happy. I just saw Sonny as a better fit for Dale…the guy that asked his kidnapper for chicken nuggets. Where Sonny is the guy who started dancing to the bad guy’s Lady Gaga ringtone…the one holding a gun to his head.
- The ending was sweet…but I’m still uncomfortable with it!
Overall Impression: It Wasn’t For Me 😦
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*