Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: Deal Maker by Lily Morton

Deal Maker 
(Deal Maker #1)
by Lily Morton
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: December 22, 2017

Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.

Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a deal with himself and his hook-ups. Get in, get out and no ties with anyone.

However, an accident at home one night leads to him making a new deal and accepting the offer of help from an unlikely source. It leads to an unexpected summer of falling in love with a larger than life man and his child.

But by the end of the summer his reasons for not staying are still valid. Will he turn away? Can he?

Asa is a talented actor who has spent time away from the scene to look after his son. But now he’s back, and the last thing he needs are complications from the gorgeous man who is staying with him. Scarred from too many betrayals, he has no intention of forming a lasting tie with anyone. However, he can’t resist the beautiful man with secrets, and to his horror he develops feelings.

But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?

From the Amazon bestselling author of ‘Rule Breaker’ comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy.

The reason I was very eager to start on this book after reading Rule Breaker is because I need more Dylan and Gabe even if they just appear for a little while. Deal Maker is Dylan's bff, Jude's story. Jude was a model who choose the profession due to the money not because he enjoy strutting around and he loves historical romance. That's quite an important point, if I say so myself. When his flat got a collapsed ceiling, he ended up staying at a place arranged by a friend because he can't stand staying with Dylan and Gabe for even a day longer.

Asa is a larger than life film star and a judgmental prick because once he knew Jude is a model, he thought he is stupid and shallow. Jude decided he should just live up to his expectation and spiced up Asa's life. Oh, the things Jude did was absolutely hilarious. I love Asa's household, especially his son Billy and their homemaker Peggy and even their morose driver, Amos. Asa and Jude relationship is a slow burn development. Jude was trying his hardest the annoy the fuck out of Asa while winning over everyone's heart, but as Asa saw through his act, they developed friendship and trust. 

I like all the parts that features Dylan and Gabe and even Henry on page. They all never ceased to entertained me. However, during the middle part whereby Asa and Jude spent so much time alone enjoying the country and then the beach house, I find it a little draggy. Much as I appreciate the privacy, I need a bit more distraction than just simply enjoying the atmosphere. When they got together, it always with a knowledge that is for short term for reasons I can't fathom. They both obviously care very much for each other. Jude's reason is flimsy at best. I know he tried to reason it to himself and to everyone, but what Gabe told him in private was very much what I thought too. 

Lily Morton had such a way with epilogue that she absolutely rocked it in both books in the series. The epilogue was absolutely fantastic and I wish for a little bit more of Dylan, because the man was absolutely incorrigible. I can feel the perfectness of the ending with the big expanded families. I hope this is not the end for all the characters, as I hope to see them more in Henry's book, maybe?