Tanja reviews ‘The Backup Boyfriend (The Boyfriend Chronicles #1) by River Jaymes (Self – Published; November 26, 2013)
Why I read it:This book was recommended to me by friends on GR. So I already had it on my tbr when it was offered to RGR and of course I jumped at the possibility to read it 🙂 .
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 Dylan’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…
I was sucked right into the book and went full speed for the first 40% of it. I loved the main characters. Alec, a doctor is soo cute, sometimes clumsy with a big heart which roots for the underdog. His boyfriend Tiger left him out of the blue and turned Alec´s world upside down. In the spur of the moment he buys a Harley, which is the reason he meets Dylan, a mechanic. Dylan, straight, confident, knows what he wants and what he doesn´t want. One thing he absolutely doesn´t need is a relationship; never had any never would want one. Well, that´s what he thought until he meets Alec.
As I said the first 40 % were full speed as we get to know Alec and Dylan. The story runs smoothly, I enjoyed the ride, had a hard time putting the book down and simple had fun. That was until one night when all that comes to a stop….full speed, braking….stop. And good god what a break, it was pure HOTNESS 😀 .
After that the story ´s pacing was slower and I first had to wrap my mind around it. Was it bad? No absolutely not because that was the turning point in Alec and Dylan´s relationship. At the beginning Dylan was Alec´s backup boyfriend which turns into a friendship and from that….well each one of them had his own description for it. Alec is domestic, wants somebody who he can share his life with and thinks he has exactly that with Dylan…minus the label boyfriend. Dylan is completely contrary to Alec. He enjoys his life, thinks he doesn´t ever need a relationship and for him, Alec is his friend with benefits.
As the story progress you can see how the fell in love with each other, although Dylan didn´t get it until near the end. They were great together; fell easily in a routine like it was meant to be so. Nonetheless there was this big elephant in the room, namely labels.
Straight, gay, bi, friends, lovers, relationship and so on. Most of us use them to categorize ourselves and the relationships we have with other people. Is it good? Certainly, in parts because it gives us security but does a label really define who we are? This book shows that it doesn´t have to be. You actually can look and think outside those categories and define it on your own and be happy with it. Alec and Dylan had a long way to accept each others boundaries and what they can or can not give. In the end both had to learn do make compromises and not let labels dictate their life.
This story is about learning to think outside the box with great main characters as well as secondary characters. I´m looking forward to Tiger´s story. Although he is an Ice Man his façade was slowly cracking and he actually grew on me.
9/10 pots of gold