Wednesday, December 4, 2019

ARC Review: The Christmas Deal by Keira Andrews

From the Blurb:
Will fake boyfriends become the real deal this holiday? 
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—except ex-Marine Logan is jobless and getting evicted. Worse, he’s a new single dad with a stepson who hates him. A kid needs stability—not to mention presents under the tree—and Logan’s desperate. 
Then he meets lonely Seth and makes a deal. 
Can Logan temporarily pretend to be live-in boyfriends to increase Seth’s chances at a promotion? If it provides a roof over their heads for the holidays, hell yeah. Logan considers himself straight—he doesn’t count occasional hookups with guys—but he can fake it. Besides, with his shy little smile, Seth is surprisingly sexy. 
Make that damn sexy. 
Shocked that Seth has only been with one man, Logan can’t resist sweetening their deal to teach him the joys of casual sex. No strings attached. No feelings. No kissing. 
No falling for each other. 
Easy, right?

Ky's rating:

As usual with the Christmas stories that feature a new relationship, things moved fast here. But the good thing is it wasn't very noticeable so didn't bother me.

Logan is at a very low point in his life: he has no money, no job, he's about to be evicted, he lost his wife a few months ago and he's responsible for a teenager that doesn't want to have anything to do with him. No matter how much he tries he can't find a silver lining in the situation he's in.

Seth is lonely after breaking up with his long-time boyfriend a few months ago and doesn't believe love is in the cards for him anymore. The only good thing he has going on is his job but the promotion that he's after doesn't look like it's going to happen because of his single status and how pro-family the owner of the company is.

Enter Jenna, his friend and co-worker and Logan's sister who has a spur of the moment idea that somehow grows into this big deception in the span of ten minutes. Seth can just watch and nod along as Jenna goes on to the their boss about his supposed fiance, Logan.

One thing leads to another and now Seth and Logan have to pretend to be a couple for some work gatherings. Even though Logan is straight he goes along with it because it means he's going to have a roof over his head for the holidays.

I love the "fake-boyfriends" trope so I couldn't pass up on this story. The reason why it happened here was a bit bizarre and Seth's boss was kind of pushy and odd but other than that the execution was great.

Connor, Seth's step-son, was quite a character. My heart broke for him and the miscommunication that went on between those two. Luckily Seth was there and he shed some light into Connor's behavior so Logan finally got clued in about what was happening.

The supporting characters were all great - except maybe for the boss, who even though was very kind she was also too much to handle. Logan's father was amazing and I liked his personality very much. He was a quiet man and everyone thought that he was disconnected from what was going on around him but every once in a while he opened his mouth and rendered everybody speechless. It was so funny to see him stun his family!

Recommended for fans of the fake-boyfriends trope and Christmas!

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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