Friday, February 24, 2017

ARC Review: After the Romance Novel (Before...and After #1) by Susan Laine

After the Romance Novel (Before...and After, #1)
Romance novels always end with a happy ever after. Right?

Evan and Adam are best friends, but they don’t know everything about each other. For one thing, Adam doesn’t know Evan writes and publishes gay romance novels until he discovers one while snooping on Evan’s laptop.

This revelation changes their relationship in ways neither could’ve imagined. Adam’s reaction to reading Evan’s stories is not what he expected, nor is the new way he’s looking at his lifelong pal. After all, Adam is straight, or so he’s always thought, and that is what Evan believes about Adam as well.

When Evan admits he might be bisexual, Adam suggests he try dating girls to find out for sure, but when Evan follows his advice, Adam is caught off guard by his feelings of jealousy. And when the date proves Evan isn’t bisexual, but gay, Evan’s request that Adam find him a guy might be the last straw.

How can Adam admit he wants that guy to be him? His epiphany will either end their relationship—or change it into something wonderful in their very own friends-to-lovers romance.

Todd's rating:

This short YA read follows the story of two 17 y.o. best friends redefining what they mean to one another after Adam discovers that Evan has been publishing erotic romance novels. But not just any erotic romance, but gay erotic romance.

And, oh yeah, Evan is bi. Well, maybe bi. Okay, straight up gay. And hoping to date. Other guys, much to Adam's chagrin.

Unlike a lot of YA that I've read, the MC's in this one read as pretty young and a bit immature. Plus, the book fell back on The Big Misunderstanding as one of its driving plot devices.

Yet, in spite of that, I have to admit that I did still enjoy this light and fluffy, if not a bit melodramatic tale, with raging jealousy and fleeing the restaurant during their first date.

I'd rate this one at around 3.25 stars.

However, I would *NOT* want to read further stories with Evan and Adam as the primary MC's, as those follow up stories would most likely be fucking with their somewhat already-established happy ending, which tends to make me crazy.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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