Review: The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes

Tuesday, February 28

My rating:
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4 Stars…


Professionally, Dr. Alec Johnson has almost reached his goals. As this year’s recipient of a humanitarian award with his ex, Dr. Tyler Hall, Alec’s work with the homeless is about to be recognized. Unfortunately, his personal life sucks because now he has to attend several events alongside Tyler—with his ex’s new boyfriend in tow. In an attempt to lift his mood and break out of his rut, Alec purchases a motorcycle he has no idea how to start.

Dylan Booth doesn't have time for Dr. Clueless and his fickle 1964 Harley, but the cocky mechanic can’t say no to the request for help. Having spent his teen years on the streets, and losing his best friend to HIV, Dylan decides teaching the do-gooder how to ride is the least he can do. But watching Alec flounder in his ex's company throws Dylan into protector mode, and the confirmed hetero introduces himself as Alec's new boyfriend.

The ex suspects Dylan is lying.

Alec claims Dylan’s plan is insane.

And Dylan’s not sure he can fake being gay.

But he’s a master bullshitter, and the phony PDA soon turns ultra-hot. Alec can’t afford to get attached, and Dylan’s learned everyone eventually leaves. Unfortunately, playing the backup boyfriend is starting to feel way too real…


What I loved:

So. I'm not a massive fan of stories that start out with a lie. Exceptions would be Bossman and... probably just Bossman. There must be others but 3 glasses of wine. So the plot itself made me a little uncomfortable. But I've gotta say, I really loved how this story worked out.

Awesome, open, loyal characters. Dylan and Alec had a lot going on in their lives - they were legit doing cool stuff for their communities. Alec runs a free health clinic, and Dylan does a charity bike run in honour of his BFF. They're awesome! They're like... too cool for me to be sitting here with wine and Twisties judging them. I really loved them both.

I LOL'd for real at this one. Dylan's dry wit and Alec's awkwardness were hilarious.

Quote…"What kind of problems are you having?"
Christ, where to begin?
"Oh, you know. The usual," Alec said, surprised the man had asked. "Loss of appetite. Insomnia. I'm second guessing every decision I made during our two-year relationship. We'd even talked about getting married-"
Alec caught sight of Dylan's almost horrified expression.
"Dude," Dylan said. "I meant what kind of problems are you having with the bike?"


Alec is so sweet. He's been hurt, but he's still so open, honest, and lovely. He just puts his heart out there and everyone knows what he's like. I just wanted to keep him safe.

What I didn’t love:

As much as I loved Dylan, it all seemed like a game for a long time. He really didn't take bugger all seriously, so Alec was taking a massive risk. But he was still super hot.
Noah was a bit of a non-event for me. I like strong, entertaining peripheral characters, and he was actually sort of annoying. I get why he was there, so it wasn't a major, but he just fell a little flat for me. The mum was funny though!



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