Reviewed by Morgan
Title: A Fine Romance
Author: T. Neilson
Heroes: Benji Rao/Jamie Durham
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 25, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Benji Rao, a hard-working welder from the Pacific Northwest, is recovering from a life-threatening and life-changing injury at a posh California resort. Trouble is, he’s miserable. His friends are worried, his panic attacks are getting worse, and the guy in the bungalow next to his is none other than Jamie Durham—the kind of neighbor who plays music loud, blows everybody’s breakers, and doesn’t care what people think of him.
But there’s more to Jamie than late nights, a huge inheritance, and a wild reputation. After endless bad press, Jamie longs for a chance to live a normal life, without the rumors and innuendo, and without his growing concern that he might be going crazy.
When Ben finds himself desperate for a date and Jamie is the only option, Jamie can’t believe his luck—a date with Ben would be as normal as it gets. But when the date doesn’t exactly go as planned, Ben and Jamie must overcome their personal demons to find their way to love.
Review: Ben was injured on the job and fears returning. He takes a much needed vacation off the coast of California to work up the nerve to return to his welding career.
Jamie is an actor/entrepreneur/son of a famous musician. His family is worried he’s crazy and so is Jamie. If he’s deemed incompetent, he won’t inherit his father’s business, which he loves.
Oh. And Jamie is mostly an asshole.
It takes a long while for these two guys to come together – like 60% of the book, and when they do, it’s tentative at best. Ben isn’t quite sure what to make of Jamie, but he’s compelled by the vulnerability he sees behind the obnoxious exterior.
This book worked for me only a little. I liked the characters – I love a good “bad boy makes good” story and thought they were fun together.
What I didn’t love was the 180 Ben made from hating to loving Jamie. I also didn’t feel the ILY moment when it came. The crazy uncle thing sort of threw me for a loop too and seemed overly dramatic.
But… it was a cute and funny at times and had a sweet HEA.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*