Bethany and Dana review Wanted – Bad Boyfriend (Island Classifieds Book 1) by T.A. Moore (Published by Dreamspinner Press, August 21, 2018, 218 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why Bethany read this: After reading the blurb I knew this was something I would enjoy.
Why Dana read this: I read one other book by this author and really liked it, but it was a mystery. I wanted to see how she wrote a contemporary m/m romance.
His mother. His best friend. The barmaid at the local pub. Everyone is determined to find Nathan Moffatt a boyfriend. It’s the last thing Nathan wants. After spending every day making sure his clients experience nothing but romantic magic, the Granshire Hotel’s wedding organizer just wants to go home, binge-watch crime dramas, and eat pizza in his underwear.
Unfortunately, no one believes him, and he’s stuck with lectures about dying alone. Then inspiration strikes. He needs the people in his life to want him to stay single as much as he does. He needs a bad boyfriend.
There’s only one man for the job.
Flynn Delaney is used to people on the island of Ceremony thinking the worst of him. But he isn’t sure he wants the dubious honor of worst boyfriend on the entire island. On the other hand, if he plays along, he gets to hang out with the gorgeous Nathan and piss off the owners of the Granshire Hotel. It’s a win-win.
There’s only one problem—Flynn’s actually quite a good boyfriend, and now Nathan’s wondering if getting off the sofa occasionally is really the worst thing in the world.
Bethany’s review – So I really liked the idea of a “fake boyfriend” to get those well meaning family members off your back. You know the trope, “fake” boyfriend turns into the love of his life. Yes I LOVE those books, so when I came across this one, I thought, “awesome, let’s take the ‘fake’ boyfriend and turn him into a ‘bad fake’ boyfriend, count me in.” Except Flynn, in my honest opinion, wasn’t bad at all.
Like Dana I adored Flynn from the very beginning and knew he just wouldn’t fit that bad boy image everyone seems to think of him. Any man or woman who rescues animals and kids is in hero status in my book. So yea I just could not see him as a bad guy. Unlike Dana Nick won took hold of my heart from the beginning. Yes Nick was using Flynn to get everyone to stop trying to set him up. But saying yes to Nick’s request, Flynn knew what his was doing. In some sort of backwards way they ended up being exactly what the other needed.
Ok so Nick’s friend was actually the person who pissed me off the most. I am not saying he was perfect, and yes he is fiercely loyal and protective of Nick, but there were times I wanted to scream at him, “this is not your relationship, try to be a tad supportive.” Then again at the end there was a time where I was disappointed in Nick for how he handled things with Flynn, though he did redeem himself.
But the end, oh my. Things come to light, secrets are revealed, truths are known. My goodness this author writes a damn good book. It is one that I highly enjoyed and will be looking for more books by her. I was very pleased with how everything worked out and I am sure I will be rereading this one again.
Dana’s review – I was eager to read this book after reading the blurb. I like misunderstood “bad” boys. A little bad can be a good thing, and to know that maybe it’s all just lies and misunderstandings makes me want to get to the bottom of who the person is inside. Flynn really isn’t a bad boy or a bad boyfriend. That much is obvious from the blurb and it is apparent right away in the books as he rescues goats, grooms, and little girls from dangerous waters around the island. He doesn’t do much to deny the claims or to actively disprove the rumors so he’s kind of friendless and the object of my affection from the beginning.
Nick is a pretty good guy. He loves his mom, has a funny but sometimes annoying best friend he is loyal to. I like Nick but he didn’t steal my heart in the same way. Not at first. Choosing to use Flynn and the rumors against him in order to stop others from pressuring him into a relationship felt harmless at first, but as I got to know Flynn I quickly started to feel like it was insulting. Nick really didn’t know Flynn but I felt like he owed him the benefit of the doubt.
Dangerous rescues, changes in wedding plans, and secrets come to light turn their fake relationship upside down. Though they seemed to get closer, both of them held a part of themselves back. Those are the kind of frustrating moments that have me hanging on until the end, because I need to see how they will make things right. It’s not an easy ride, but it’s well worth it.
I definitely enjoyed this different type of story from the author. It only cements that I will read anything she writes. Definitely recommend it if you are looking for a sweet romance.
TA Moore genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid when she was a small child. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in a market town on the Northern Irish coast and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a month (although she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing).
She believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any animal she meets (this includes snakes, excludes bugs), and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach, realized it was really high, and chickened out.
She aspires to being a cynical misanthrope, but is unfortunately held back by a sunny disposition and an inability to be mean to strangers. If TA Moore is mean to you, that means you’re friends now.