Review – Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper

Review: Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: May 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

Secrets #3

25022984Who said nerdy can’t be sexy?

Self-confessed gold digger Dylan Price is cooling his heels as a waiter at a trendy West Hollywood restaurant, waiting for the sugar daddy of his dreams to walk through the doors. Someone rich, sophisticated. Preferably old.

Bookish Simon Wainwright couldn’t be further from Dylan’s ideal. Aside from his terrible fashion sense, Simon suffers from a glaring lack of a Beverly Hills mansion. And he’s barely over thirty!

Dylan, however, isn’t made of stone. Coincidence, an obscene candle, even Simon’s dorky cardigan compel him to give the shy academic a very special birthday gift, which Dylan files away as a one-night stand. But when Dylan’s quest lands him in hot water, he runs to Simon to hide.

The two take off for Las Vegas, where Dylan takes upon himself to give Simon a complete makeover. For reasons he can’t comprehend, Dylan begins to reevaluate his life—and what he holds most dear. But with danger not far behind, he might be too late.

Warning: Contains a nightclub where the staff is as hot as the food, a waiter with a smart mouth (in more ways than one), a nerdy college professor, Vegas “boylesque” shows, and lots of smexy times.

I love this series. Great characters, snappy dialogue and lots of action (in and out of the bedroom). Dylan is looking for love. Sugar daddy love. He wants someone to take care of him and set him up financially and he’s willing to be the best boytoy out there in order to snag that lifestyle. It never really works out for him though. He’s vanilla masquerading as Rocky Road so his many attempts at being a boytoy fizzle out but he’s all about the try. He’s work flirting with a cutie guest and ends up enjoying a one-night stand with the nerdy Biochemistry prof. All sweetness and light but Dylan bails because it doesn’t fit in with his long term plans.

Dylan ends up trying to hook up with an older movie producer, Ed which turns out to be a comedy of sex toy errors which eventually leads up to murder, mayhem and a Mexican cartel. Looking for a safe place to lie low Dylan chooses to look up his hottie one-night stand professor and they friendzone it Las Vegas until the heat dies down.

Dylan uses his street smarts to make the trip a fun makeover for Simon. There’s friendship and hot sexy times for the two of them. I loved Dylan. He was mercenary but so oddly sweet about it. He’s worried for his future and he’s goes about securing it the wrong way. All he needed was to meet Simon to get him back on track and I’m so glad that happened. Simon was adorable, so earnest and kind. Quietly sexy. They’re a great couple and this was a fun read for me. I can’t wait for Teague’s story with the angry bartender!

I’m giving Secrets and Bow Ties an A-.

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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