Author: Nicki Bennet
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/08/2016
Length: 05 hours 15 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
It might be a sham to his boss, but it’s all too real to him.
Administrative assistant Jonah Hollis has nurtured a hopeless crush on his boss, millionaire cattle rancher Lincoln Courtwright, ever since he started working for him. But hope is kindled when Linc and beautiful rodeo star Melissa Cutler break up just weeks before the biggest event of the Dallas social season, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, and Linc asks Jonah to accompany him in her place.
Is it all a ploy to make Melissa jealous? Can Jonah fit into Linc’s world? It takes some encouragement from his roommates and his best friend, Caylee, for Jonah to agree. Before long, Jonah dares to believe Linc might just feel something for him… until interfering family and a series of misunderstandings threaten his fragile dream of happiness.
Cattle Baron’s Bogus Boyfriend is a misleading title for this book. To me, it implies the mc’s conspired to trick people about their relationship, however I found this wasn’t exactly the case, although there was confusion over their relationship.
The book is rife with misunderstandings and assumptions that hinder their relationship and yet they make up too easily. The “villains” were homophobic and self-centered women with nothing redeeming in them.
And yet, it was still entertaining in a bubblegum sort of way. It had a ranch, a ball, and sickeningly sweet Happily Ever After. I liked Jonah and Lincoln, even if Jonah needs to learn how to communicate.
I guess it was a typical harlequin type romance with two men and explicit sex thrown in. While I’ve read better, it was a still an enjoyable way to while away an afternoon.
I think Rusty Topsfield did a great job with this narration. Each character had a unique voice complete with appropriate accents. He was able to emote and increase my enjoyment of the book.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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