Reviewed by Morgan
Title: How I Met Your Father
Author: L.B. Gregg
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Justin Hayes/Jack Bassinger
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 3 Hours, 47 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The man of your dreams could be sitting right next to you.
Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn’t looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can’t dodge the “best man” bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?
Jack Bassinger’s own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter’s hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous—and extremely attractive—young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all.
Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there’s no place like home.
Review – Book: Justin is the former leader of a boy band. He’s gay, but in the closet. He’s headed to the Caribbean to watch his best friend and former bandmate get married. While on the puddle jumper to the island, he experiences some turbulence and gets a helping hand from an older (hot!) guy in the next seat. This leads to a different kind of helping hand in the bathroom and it results in him missing the rehearsal dinner – but no biggie, right?
Turns out… the helping hand is the bride’s father – he’s pretty cool and laid back – but will Justin’s fans accept that he’s gay? Will Jack’s kids accept the younger man in his life? Can something like this mean anything in the long term?
The writing, the characters, the humor, the smexy times – were all wonderful. What failed for me was the giant leap we made from the last chapter to the epilogue. I feel like we missed at least 30% of the book in that leap. (Where we go from – hey we might have something, through – hey should we date? To – hey- I think we’ll live happily ever after). All of that was off page and just assumed in the epilogue – which was awesome, but not enough.
Review – Audio: Nick J. Russo kicked butt again! He did a wonderful job with all the various stoner voices, the growly dad, the tempting Justin and the bratty Benjamin.
I really liked the book (except for the brevity) and enjoyed listening to it and would love a re-vision that added another 2-3 chapters.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*