Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ARC Review: Husband Material by Xavier Mayne

Husband MaterialFrom the blurb:

Husband Material is a long-running reality show, where eighteen lucky guys compete for the hand of one lucky lady. Meet contestant number one, Riley. Since being left at the altar, he’s hit the gym to get into the best shape of his life. Now he’s in it to win it. Contestant number two, Asher, doesn’t really want the bachelorette; he needs the prize money for his sister’s cancer treatment. Asher's upbeat personality brings Riley out of the funk he's been in since his breakup. They make a formidable team, with one complication: Asher’s falling for Riley.

Producer Kaitlyn has her hands full when two bachelors are found in the shower soaping up inappropriately, then another live-tweets the entire debacle. If another scandal erupts, the network will cancel the show.

The two bachelors are on a collision course under the watchful eye of a producer torn between wanting them to find true love and trying to keep her show going. In the end, Riley must choose the bachelorette or the bachelor.

Heather's rating:




I want to give this more stars because I LOVED aspects of this book but I also had some issues that brought my rating down a bit.

What I liked:
- The romance! It was slow burn, delicious, and realistic. I loved the chemistry between Asher and Riley and loved the GFY (you know I always do!). I have a soft spot for a well done GFY and this was a really nice one. A good GFY for me is when we see the emotions behind the person realizing/coming to terms with their attraction for men. I like seeing the internal debate, the struggle, and how the MC deals with it. I like first time gay experiences that happen sllllooooowwwwllly with much buildup. God, I love the buildup. This book was like GFY crack for me. Very hot.
- The setting. Oh my god, the setting. Have you ever watched The Bachelor and all of those mostly naked guys playing in the pool together and thought, "I wonder..." Well, wonder no more! This is like your smutty, gay Bachelor dreams come true!

What I didn't like:
- The giggles. What do I mean by that? Well, these men didn't laugh, they giggled. Every. Time. They. Laughed. I hate when authors write that men giggled. I mean, 12 year old girls giggle. I kept picturing these two buff guys tittering behind their nails when the author used the term "giggle".
- The producer POV. I thought it was weird. I wish the whole book wasn't structured with the producer and her assistant's POV. I think the whole book could have been done just inside the MC's head with no issues.
- The ending. It was a little saccharine and fast moving for my taste.

Overall, this book was adorable. Seriously. It was a light, happy, sexy read and I think many people would enjoy it.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Thanks for reading my review!! <3

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