The Straight Boyfriend (Loving You, Bk 3) by Renae Kaye ~ Book Review by Karen

straight-boyfriend-coverTitle: The Straight Boyfriend (Loving You, Bk 3)
Series: Loving You #3

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Maria Fanning

Rating: 2.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/21/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:

Aaron Hall has never been able to remain faithful to a single woman, and for most of his life, he’s dated two women at once. Recently his girlfriend tracked him down and knocked on his door—and his live-in girlfriend answered. Now he has no girlfriend and a mortgage he can’t pay by himself.

Vinnie Rosello needs to change his life—get a better job, stop drinking all his money away, find himself a serious boyfriend… and move out of his parents’ house. Aaron needs help with his expenses, so they become housemates.

Even though Aaron harbors some misconceptions about gay men and Vinnie misses his large Italian family, both men find comfort in their friendship. It’s a good arrangement until everything between them changes.

Vinnie falls in love with Aaron, and Aaron is shocked to realize he feels the same. There’s only one problem—he’s still straight. He’ll have to overcome his fear of labels in order to love the man who’s captured his heart.

My View:

The blurb pretty much tells it all, it’s a actually a sweet story about a gay guy who rooms with perhaps the most aggressively straight man (almost to the extent of parody), and how they fall in love.

Vinnie is living with his polyamorous parents, stuck in what he sees as a dead end job and he’s also looking for The Relationship. When he moves in with Aaron – man so straight that only two women at one time can satisfy him – they become friends, then Vinnie is attracted to Aaron, and from there develops feeling for him.

Coming from a large affectionate Australian/ Italian family Vinnie is tactile and used to having people around all the time, so touching and cuddling soften up Aaron, who hasn’t had a lot of time for that previously, and so the two grow closer and sleep in the same bed, and Aaron needs to face up to his feelings.

Vinnie is a sweet and caring man, and very likeable he was wary of falling for Aaron, understandably, and Aaron, I would normally say that anyone who protested that they were straight so many times – was covering up an insecurity. As a love story/ fantasy it works quite well- the writing is good, especially when it comes to Vinnie and his family.  So, as a book it was average, may be a little better.

I understand that romance as a genre of fiction is relatively formulaic, but for me people have to behave like people, their reactions have to feel real even if you think the situations they are in are not necessarily realistic. So Aaron saying all the time, I’m straight, I’m straight while clearly becoming more than friends with Vinnie did not ring true, yes there was a nod to watching gay porn, and not being aroused but that was it.  Then there was the inference that Aaron’s sex drive was so great that two women – or one man could satisfy him, and finally Aaron’s belief that although he was in love with Vinnie he would be unfaithful (with a woman obviously) because he just wouldn’t be able to resist the lure of the breast.  It seemed that the author went out of their way to perpetrate stereotypes that are offensive to members of the very community that they are writing about, and as a bisexual woman I found that concerning.

So, can you or indeed should you take the politics out of the book ? I have to say I couldn’t. 

Links

The Straight Boyfriend (Loving You, Bk 3) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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