Author: Kate Aaron
Publisher: Croft House
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Owen Barnes never expected writing to make him rich, much less with a YA novel written for a bet. Being nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the most prestigious award a children’s author can win, is a dream come true. But Owen’s newfound fame comes at a price, and not just changing his surname to Black.
Gruff, gentle building surveyor Magnus Cassidy is the first man to catch Owen’s interest in almost two years. Owen’s agent, Max, might be trying to control his image, but Magnus sees the real Owen: the eyeliner, drainpipe jeans, and sexy underwear, not the Young Conservative in a tweed jacket Max is turning him into.
When a photo of Owen and Magnus appears online, just weeks before the Carnegie ceremony, Max starts damage limitation. Out and proud since he was fourteen, Owen isn’t going back into the closet without a fight, and he refuses to let his agent erase Magnus from his life. Encouraged by his friends, Owen lashes out, not realising his behaviour could hurt the man he’s doing it all for. Can Owen find a way to reconcile his public and private lives, or has he already blown it?
Contents: passive tops and slutty bottoms, bitchy best friends, bad jokes, sexy underwear, an excess of beards, and a smattering of angst. May contain nuts.
I really enjoyed Kate Aaron’s Free Men series and was looking forward to Blowing It, even though it is a completely different genre. This story is much more light hearted and focuses on Owen’s ability to be himself.
The story entertained me for the most part with witty dialog and humorous moments. I liked Owen’s friends a lot, they were very supportive.
However, I found both MCs struggled to stay true to character; their behaviour sometimes waivered. I thought that some of the day to day details bogged the story down a bit with repetition or minutiae. As well, having a ten year old daughter myself, I felt the author’s portrayal of a ten year old was more like a much younger child.
That aside, there were good parts to the story and I was left happy. If you are looking for a light read, give this book a chance.
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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