Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Speed Dating the Boss
Author: Sue Brown
Series: Cowboys and Angels #1
Heroes: Dan & Gideon
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Will a mix of privilege and blue collar be a recipe for love… or disaster?
Dan’s pretty satisfied with his job at the working-class bar Cowboys and Angels. He enjoys his simple life, his apartment, and his cat, but he could do without the fights that break out in the bar, his boss’s meddling daughter, Ariel… oh, and a brutal, unrequited crush on his straight alpha boss, Gideon.
When Dan’s friend prepares to tie the knot, everyone insists that Dan needs a date for the wedding. Before he can protest, Ariel arranges a gay speed-dating event at the bar with Gideon as a participant. The unforeseen revelation that Gideon is bisexual raises Dan’s hopes, especially when Gideon announces that he wants to accompany Dan to the wedding. Could Gideon really be interested in Dan?
When Dan needs someone most, Gideon offers his unconditional support, and with genuine commitment, he shows Dan the kind of man he really is. Teaming up to save the wedding from a hungover groom and intolerant parents, can Gideon convince Dan they’re the best match since beer and pizza?
This book was absolutely amazing. I loved Dan as a character and how he’s been mooning over his boss for the last five years. I loved that he was pressured into bringing a date to his best friend’s wedding and that his boss’s daughter set up a speed dating event for him so he could bring someone. It was so funny seeing how he hated the lead up to the event but I loved the time he spent with Gideon. Dan was such a sarcastic but endearing character that had an almost dry sense of humor. As for Gideon, I loved that he wanted to take care of Dan and, even before Dan decided to bring him to the wedding, Gideon was showing Dan that he cared by doing little things – taking him home after an exhausting day, helping him when he was injured, worrying about if Dan was eating enough. I just adored his protectiveness over Dan and I loved that Dan didn’t really realize what was going on. When they finally get together, it was such a sweet and intense moment, I ate up every word of it!
I really loved this book but Dan’s inner voice was a bit too wordy and repetitive at times so it felt like he was just dragging things on. Add to that, I was utterly confused on the timeline when Dan meets Gideon, when Gideon loses his wife and when Gideon ultimately started having kids because Ariel is twenty-one and Gideon lost his wife just before hiring Dan, which was five years ago which made Ariel sixteen when she lost her mom. I get that but then that means Gideon had Ariel when he was twenty-one which is impossible if he knocked up his wife the last year of high-school, which is when it’s mentioned he had Ariel. I don’t know why but the timeline just really grated on me every time something along those lines was mentioned.
Overall, I really loved this book. I loved Dan and Gideon and the connection they had. I loved that Dan put up with the speed dating and then ultimately went to his best friend’s wedding with his boss. It was interesting to see how Gideon lured Dan into bringing him as his date but what I really loved was the whole set up for the speed dating and what Dan goes through to get ready for it. It was absolutely hilarious! I can’t wait to see who gets their story next because there were a lot of secondary characters that I’d love see get their happily ever after!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*