The Boyfriend Mandate by River Jaymes ~ Book Review by Caroline

22692930 Title: The Boyfriend Mandate

Author: River Jaymes

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars


Stuntman and two-time cancer survivor Memphis Haines excels at beating the odds. When he’s presented with the opportunity to help his ex-boyfriend with a charity event, he jumps at the chance to make up for the devastating way he left Tyler ten years ago. Memphis might have taken the college geek’s virginity, but the former mathelete is now a hell of a head turner. And Dr. Tyler Hall’s cool reserve is a challenge Memphis can’t resist. A self-confessed rule breaker and line crosser, he keeps turning up the heat with one goal in mind: to melt the man’s composure.

Tyler Hall sticks to one simple mandate: no more dating ex-boyfriends. Ever. He certainly isn’t interested in hooking up with Memphis Haines, the ex who jumps off buildings, dodges explosions, and poses for designer underwear ads. Ten years ago, falling for Memphis changed Tyler’s life. The man’s abrupt departure turned his world inside out. But he moved on long ago. Besides, he has a clinic for the homeless to run, patients to take care of, and no time to deal with the trouble his ex brings. Memphis, however, seems determined to rehash the past. And his boxer-dropping grin, hard body, and confident charm are resurrecting ultra-hot memories best not remembered, making Tyler’s rule harder and harder to keep…

Caroline’s View:

For anyone that has read The Backup Boyfriend you will have already met Tyler. If you were like me and didn’t like him very much in that first book you may have started this one with a little trepidation. Thankfully he redeemed himself but we also found out why he behaved the way he did and most of it stemmed from an ex called Memphis.

Tyler met Memphis in college and the story flits between past and present for a while to give us the back story. After Tyler was rejected by his adoptive parents for telling them he was gay then finding his birth mother only to have a short time with her before she died he came to rely on his dorm mate to hold him together. Memphis was there for him in every way and their relationhip became the thing that Tyer lived for. One day Memphis was just gone, everything he owned removed from their home and leaving no way of contacting him. Tyler was left devastated, vulnerable and blaming himself. The blaming himself and inability to fix it led to some pretty crappy relationships going forward and a habit of going back to ex boyfriends to try and make things right.

He made a promise to his friend Noah, ‘a boyfriend mandate’ that he would stop going back to failed relationships in the hope of making things work.

In the last ten years the only time Tyler has seen Memphis is in the press. Memphis is recently divorced and a story has been leaked giving details of thier time toghether in college. Tyler is feeling raw and vulnerable again and it is not helped by the fact that he has to meet Memphis to carry out some work commitments.

Memphis survived cancer as a young teen and lives life to the full and on the edge. His biggest regret is the way he treatd Tyler and his one wish in life is to explain what happened and ask for forgiveness. He is now a successful underwear model with an ass to die for and this is how he comes face to face with his ex for the first time in a decade. Tyler is clearly affected by the god in front of him in nothing but his underwear and it is clear there is still a lot of sexual tension from the start.

Memphis has secrets. He has secrets from ten years ago and secrets in his current life and slowy but surely he will spill them to Tyler. The secret from the past knocks the wind out of Tyler but the secret from the present leaves him devastated. As these two men slowly become friends again they take a walk down memory lane and forgive and move on from the past.

If it is hot sex you are wanting….OMG! The scene in the elevator when they first get back together will blow your socks off, Im sure it must have nearly blown the roof off their building! Cleary their sexual relationship is as good or better than it previously was but there has been a very clear shift in roles in the last ten years.

Memphis wasn’t all that easy to like in the beginning but he redeems himself as the story goes on and shows that he really does care. The epilogue was perfect after being made to wonder what would happen and having a few moments of panic, and now I am hoping to have Noah’s story, maybe with a sexy Doc 🙂

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “The Boyfriend Mandate by River Jaymes ~ Book Review by Caroline

  1. Ciol. It was hard to like Tyler in the first book. I have been wavering about buying this one because of it, but I think I’ve now made my mind up. Thanks for the review.

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