Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Mr. Right Now
Author: Annabeth Albert
Heroes: Russ & Esteban
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 127 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 14, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: He’s Mr. Right Now, but for how long?
When Russ suffers a Thanksgiving disaster, his gorgeous neighbor Esteban is there to save the day. And after an innocent mix-up leads to the former Hollywood hottie playing the role of Russ’s date, Russ thinks scoring Esteban as his fake boyfriend is a huge win. The newly discharged marine is healing inside and out and could use some holiday cheer.
For his part, Esteban is intrigued by his big, bad neighbor. He likes how his matchmaking cat brings out an unexpected caring side of Russ. Desire flares as the reasons to continue their ruse pile up for both men.
And pretending feels so good. From chocolaty kisses to late night cuddles, their burgeoning friendship is getting cozier and cozier. But as the end date for their little deception looms, all the real feelings they’ve tried to ignore come tumbling in. Each must decide whether they have what it takes to ring in the New Year as a couple.
Mr. Right Now is a stand-alone holiday novella with sweet, low-angst feels, spicy love scenes, and foodie inspired, quirky Oregon romance with a military flavor. Happy ending guaranteed with no cliffhangers!
Oh my god, I absolutely loved this one! I adored how sweet and clueless Russ was and how easily Esteban came to his rescue. It was adorable how Russ couldn’t really cook and I loved that Esteban stepped in to help. It was interesting seeing where things went with them when Russ’ family mistook Esteban as his boyfriend but I really loved that Esteban just went with it. It was sweet seeing them get to know each other and also how they had a planned break up but kept seeming to put it off.
While I really enjoyed this one, I wish it had been a bit longer because I wanted to see more of them after Christmas and after they settled things. I wanted to see more of them as real boyfriends instead of fake ones.
All in all, though, this was such a cute, sweet story and I really loved Russ and Esteban as characters but also how easily they connected. I enjoyed seeing them get closer and the reasons they kept coming up with for not breaking up yet. Definitely give this is a go if you’re looking for an adorable Christmas story!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*