The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles 01), River Jaymes

The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles 01), by River Jaymes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay for You (GFY), MM Romance
Stars: 5

Professionally, Dr. Alec Johnson has almost reached his goals. As this year’s recipient of a humanitarian award with his ex, Dr. Tyler Hall, Alec’s work with the homeless is about to be recognized.
Unfortunately, his personal life sucks because now he has to attend several events alongside Tyler—with his ex’s new boyfriend in tow. In an attempt to lift his mood and break out of his rut, Alec purchases a motorcycle he has no idea how to start.
Dylan Booth doesn’t have time for Dr. Clueless and his fickle 1964 Harley, but the cocky mechanic can’t say no to the request for help. Having spent his teen years on the streets, and losing his best friend to HIV, Dylan decides teaching the do-gooder how to ride is the least he can do. But watching Alec flounder in his ex’s company throws Dylan into protector mode, and the confirmed hetero introduces himself as Alec’s new boyfriend.
The ex suspects Dylan is lying.
Alec claims Dylan’s plan is insane.
And Dylan’s not sure he can fake being gay.
But he’s a master bullshitter, and the phony PDA soon turns ultra-hot. Alec can’t afford to get attached, and Dylan’s learned everyone eventually leaves. Unfortunately, playing the backup boyfriend is starting to feel way too real…

Faced with his former boyfriend embarking on a new relationship after recently dumping him, Alec decides to make some life changes. He starts by purchasing a classic Harley. Unfortunately, he has no idea how to ride or maintain his motorcycle, so he turns to a Dylan, a mechanic who shares a mutual friend for help. Dylan doesn’t have much extra time on his hands, but he goes to Alec’s house one afternoon where he happens to meet the ex-partner, Tyler, who is there to pick up belongings he’d left behind. Alex and Tyler have seen each other since breaking up, they co-own a clinic, after all. But this time, Tyler has his new boyfriend with him. Upon seeing Alec’s vulnerability at the situation, Dylan, the prototype for butch, straight men everywhere, announces he’s Alec’s new lover.

As their charade turns into reality, Alec and Dylan’s friendship grows and their feelings for each other deepen. But eventually they have to deal with one another’s preconceived ideas about relationships.

They both have perfectly reasonable and understandable reactions to their situation. Dylan’s response is particularly fantastic, and fits perfectly with his experiences. Meanwhile, Alec is in a somewhat panicky state, which makes complete sense, given how he’s so caught up in a “straight” guy.

The Backup Boyfriend has the added benefit of being more than just a fluffy GFY romance, thanks to the excellent writing of Ms. Jaymes, and dips into questioning how much external validation really matters.

I only noticed a couple of editing errors (like “eek” instead of “eke” and “housed” instead of “house”). Particularly for a self-published book, that’s not bad at all, and didn’t interrupt the flow. The writing and story were good enough to smooth easily over any small missteps, and the plot was as close to perfectly executed as I’ve read in a while.

Publisher and Original Publication Date: Self-Published, November 28, 2013
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Formats Available: mobi
Length: 225 pages
Reviewed by: Adrienne


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