Erryn reviews ‘Sweet Thing (Masters of Romance Book 2)’ by Emma Alcott. This book was released on September 30, 2021 and is 292 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was released November 5, 2021 narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo and is 7 hrs and 6 mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved Bad Boy.
My name is Patrick Neumann, and I have the world’s worst-kept secret — I’m in love with my boss, Aaron (aka: Nyx), and everyone knows it but him.
You’d think an award-winning romance author would be able to spot his own happily ever after a mile away, but nope. Aaron is clueless. I could show up on his doorstep in a jockstrap with a rose clenched between my teeth and he’d still think I only want to be friends.
Which is why I’ve written myself my own perfect happily ever after and published it under my new secret pen name: Miller Night. It’s 70,000 words of sweet, steamy romance starring thinly veiled versions of me and Aaron — all my deepest, darkest desires spelled out right there on the page. I haven’t been subtle about it, but I’m not worried. It’s not like Aaron will read it. And even if he does, he’s so oblivious he’ll never figure out that Miller is really me.
I’ve read a lot of romance novels in my life, but the one I just finished is the most perfect of all. It’s swoony, sweet, indulgent, and so hot the words almost melt off the page. It’s so good that if I didn’t know better, I’d think it was written just for me.
Best of all, it’s helped distract me from the feelings I shouldn’t be having for my cute blue-haired personal assistant, Patrick.
I don’t know the author who wrote it, but I need to be his friend.
Miller Night, watch out, because I’m going to make you mine.
Sweet Thing is the second book in the Masters of Romance series, where romance authors don’t just write about happily ever afters — they live them. Get ready for love, laughter, and some serious steam. No cheating and no love triangles, guaranteed. This boss/employee, friends to lovers, secret identity rom-com romp of a book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, but it’s way more fun to binge them all. Which author are you most excited to see get his HEA?
I adore Emma Alcott. First of all, her text discussions between the Masters of Romance authors are a hoot. The all-male group are supportive of each other and their career highs and lows in the gay romance industry (and m/f as well). Being an author myself, I know only some of the pitfalls. I’m learning a ton from this series. Anyway, the conversations are so funny, reminiscent of the Piper Scott created chats in the Single Dad group – only without the mpreg.
This book was especially sweet (see how I snuck the title in…?) Patrick has been in love with Nyx forever and ever and ever. Since Nyx first interviewed him for the job as author assistant. Nyx writes gay romances and counts on Patrick to do all the administrative tasks so he can focus on writing. Don’t we all wish we could have such devoted employees. Patrick takes that love to a new level when he writes a gay romance of his own – thinly veiled as a boss/employee book – quite a popular trope. Nyx reads the book and has to reach out to the author – hence the hijinks begin.
Now, I have to say Nyx’s family is a hoot as well. All those brothers! I have two and that’s more than enough, thank you very much. How their mother corrals them, I’ll never know. Oh, wait, she runs the garage where most of them work. Keeping it in the family.
I knew the men would get together, but there were plenty of hurdles to overcome. Because inevitably Nyx was going to learn the identity of the new romance author he admires. And, of course, Patrick was going to have to figure out how to make the new relationship work.
They did. All ended well, and I got my happily ever after. Yay!
Michael Ferraiuolo narrates this series and I just think he’s brilliant. Somehow, he keeps all the voices straight (or gay) and delivers a fantastic performance. There are more books to come and I can’t wait to see who gets their HEA next.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Should you ever find yourself traveling down the gravel street of a quiet forest community in the Midwest, you may come across Emma Alcott—suburbanite by birth, but small-towner by choice. Emma loves all things doctors say you should only enjoy in moderation, writing the stories of her heart, and traveling. Once upon a time, she fell in love with a man from another country and moved mountains in order to be with him. They’ve now been married for half a decade and have far too many fur-children. Seriously. Do you want a dog?