Emergency Contact by Elle Brown ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

EmergencyContactLG Title: Emergency Contact

Author: Elle Brown

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


When Liam’s best friend has to leave town on business, he asks for a favor—be an emergency contact for his cousin who is new in town. Liam doesn’t think twice before he accepts. He’s great with numbers and confidently plays the odds, because nobody ever uses those emergency contacts, right? Wrong. The very next Sunday, cousin Garrett shows up at Liam’s apartment, fresh-faced, devastatingly gorgeous, and nothing like Liam had dismissively assumed.

Garrett arrived in New York City hoping to make it in the modeling world, and Liam isn’t sure what to do with him. While he eventually warms to welcome the distraction, he’s not prepared to have his steady, predictable world overturned. Liam is sure Garrett will soon tire of him and find someone closer in age and less eager for the quiet, settled life Liam prefers. But Garrett is too sweet-natured and naïve to recognize Liam’s dismissal, and he’s not as shallow as Liam presumes.

Although Garrett sees a future for the two of them, Liam manages to push him away. It is only then Liam sees the Garrett-shaped hole in his life.

Brandilyn’s View:

When you sit with a blank document open for over eight hours trying to decide what to say about a particular title, that in itself tells you something about that title. In order to kick start my brain into action, I am going to give you a little different style of review today. Let’s have a question and answer session.

Did I enjoy Emergency Contact by Elle Brown? Yes, I did

Was it spectacular? No, it wasn’t.

Who will enjoy Emergency Contact? Anyone who loves a good somewhat realistic contemporary romance. Anyone who needs a comfort read where nothing spectacularly bad happens. Anyone who likes to see their main character make spectacularly bad decisions based on fear and self-loathing.

Tell me about the Main Characters. The main characters in Emergency Contact are Liam – a Connecticut trust fun baby who has lived the party lifestyle and is now settling his thirtyish self into a pretty boring, insular life. He is a genius with formulas and actually wants to work for a living. He doesn’t think he is good enough for Garrett. Garrett is a fresh from the farm Iowa boy who has come to NYC to model. How he got the gig is anyone’s guess. He is not “into” the modeling scene and just sees it as a means to an end. That end is kind of geeky and you have to love him. You see him completely through Liam’s eyes.

So What about the story itself Boy meets boy. Boy and boy hook up, have hot sex and a fabulous time together for months. Boy 1 doesn’t think he is good enough for boy 2, so he breaks it off and runs away to the other side of the country like a petulant child. Boy 2 doesn’t stand for boy 1’s childish antics.

What is your overall impression of Emergency Contact My overall impression of Emergency contact is positive. I liked Garrett a lot and wanted to slap Liam upside the head a few times. He was looking at the world through a “I suck” filter, and his thoughts showed it. Luckily for him, Garrett didn’t put up with it. Garrett did what he had to do to make sure he got through to Liam.

What did you like best about Emergency Contact Garrett. I appreciated that he never got caught up in the “model lifestyle” he never strayed from the path he was on, despite Liam’s thoughts to the contrary. He stayed true to himself and his relationship with Liam.

Would you recommend Emergency Contact to readers? Yes and no. If you are looking for an angst fest, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for sweet love story between two very different men, this might be a title for you.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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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