Book Review: Judging a Book by Its Cover by L.D. Blakeley

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Judging a Book by Its Cover
Author: L.D. Blakeley
Heroes: Emory North/Bryce Palmer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 32 Pages
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: October 22, 2014
Available at:  Evernight Publishing and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Agonizingly shy Emory North has his life mapped out for him: finish his business degree, go to work for his father, and one day take over as CEO of North Star Publishing. More at home amongst stacks of books, Emory has little to no interest in his lot as ‘North Jr.’, but has never had the courage to follow his true passion—writing.

Brash and ballsy Bryce Palmer, editor-in-chief of ECLIPSE magazine is known for bedding and discarding PAs like yesterday’s newspaper. He’s up against a serious deadline and down two staff members. And the last thing he has time for is babysitting the spoiled rich son of a CEO. But when Pierce Barclay North insists now is the time for his heir apparent to get his feet wet in the company waters, Palmer’s hands are tied.

But looks can be deceiving. And, sometimes, passion can spark in the most unlikely of places…



Emory is super shy, the boss’s son, forced to be a PA to the company playboy. Bryce has a bad reputation as a sex-hound, and he’s hard to work for. He goes through PAs faster than they can be replaced, thus the need for Emory to step in to help.
When Emory is forced to accompany Bryce to a black tie dinner, he gets drunk, and Bryce gets a peek at the real Emory. He likes it… a lot.

In addition to finding out Emory is a great kisser, he also finds out Emory is a great writer.
Together they thwart Emory’s dad and his plans to force Emory into a job Emory hates and together they begin a relationship.


MAN! I wish this were a full length novel. It was sooooo good! I loved Emory and Bryce together. Emory manages to overcome his shyness in a way that is believable, and though the romance is rushed (37 pages isn’t much time), it felt somewhat organic and plausible.

LD Blakely did a great job setting the scene, and I only wish we could have spent more time developing their attraction and the culmination of that attraction, as well. Of course, that’s the bane of many short stories (IMHO). However, I will say that the brevity didn’t force the story to go terribly off track. I thought it was a fully developed, complete story arc and I really enjoyed it. I’d have given it a 5, though, if it was longer 😉

Overall Impression: I loved it!

**I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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