Author: Lou Harper
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/19/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance
Self-confessed gold digger Dylan Price is cooling his heels as a waiter at a trendy West Hollywood restaurant, waiting for the sugar daddy of his dreams to walk through the doors. Someone rich, sophisticated. Preferably old.
Bookish Simon Wainwright couldn’t be further from Dylan’s ideal. Aside from his terrible fashion sense, Simon suffers from a glaring lack of a Beverly Hills mansion. And he’s barely over thirty!
Dylan, however, isn’t made of stone. Coincidence, an obscene candle, even Simon’s dorky cardigan compel him to give the shy academic a very special birthday gift, which Dylan files away as a one-night stand. But when Dylan’s quest lands him in hot water, he runs to Simon to hide.
The two take off for Las Vegas, where Dylan takes upon himself to give Simon a complete makeover. For reasons he can’t comprehend, Dylan begins to reevaluate his life—and what he holds most dear. But with danger not far behind, he might be too late.
Contains a nightclub where the staff is as hot as the food, a waiter with a smart mouth (in more ways than one), a nerdy college professor, Vegas “boylesque” shows, and lots of smexy times.
I would like to start off by awarding the author 1 million cool points for the dedication at the start of this story. Secondly, I would like to award another million cool points for making me laugh throughout this entire story.
Secrets and Bow Ties is book 3 in the secrets series, it has characters from the previous books, but they were not critical to the story so Secrets and Bow Ties can be read as a stand alone. Book 3 continues to display the author’s writing abilities and penchant for humorous overtones. Even in the face of danger, this book had a light hearted and flirty feel to it. This type of writing style is my favorite and this author nails it!
I will admit, I didn’t care for Dylan for the first half of the story. He was overly shallow, irresponsible, and self absorbed. He used the people around him. However, I knew that there was more to his character that was just waiting to be revealed. Dylan would cavalierly drop hints that his life to this point has not been all sunshine and roses. There were clues to the fact that his current behavior was a smokescreen to hide vulnerability. So while I didn’t “like” Dylan, I didn’t hate him. But after his history was revealed and he began to change, he somewhat redeemed himself in my eye. He was still not my favorite type of character, but became likable.
Simon on the other hand was adorable from the get go. I love shy, nerdy characters. I also liked that while he was shy and maybe not as experienced as Dylan, he was intelligent and not a pushover. He saw things in Dylan that Dylan was trying to hide. I would have like to have gotten to know him better though.
My favorite aspect of this story was the plot. As quoted by Dylan himself,
“It’s like one of those movies when the clueless dope is mistaken for a secret agent.”
And it was! It was funny and over the top, but it fit with this story and with this world. A bit of the ridiculous to add some tension and forward movement in a fun way. It kept things interesting while providing a mechanism for Dylan and Simon the start a relationship and get to know one another. It provided that impetus for Dylan to see what was happening to his life and for him to start maturing. But mostly, the plot was great. It kept me chuckling and this book left me with a happy afterglow.
I am loving this series. It is well done but not overly serious. It is easy to connect with the characters and plots and the author keeps me wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book, which I suspect will be Teag’s story.
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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