Rating: 4 stars out of 5
How tangled can a romantic web get?
When gruff mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George seeks sponsorship for his latest expedition, his London PA insists on a more media-friendly profile—like dating celebrity supermodel Zeb Z.
Zeb can’t make the date, so he asks his identical twin, Aidan, to stand in for just one evening. Aidan, a struggling playwright, shuns the limelight to the extent people don’t even know Zeb has a sibling, but he reluctantly agrees.
When the deception has to continue beyond the first date, Aidan fights to keep up the pretense. Dominic likes his sassy, intelligent companion, and Aidan starts falling for the forthright explorer. But how long can Aidan’s conscience cope as confusion abounds? Will coming clean as “the other twin” destroy the trust they’ve built?
I am so hooked on these Dreamspun Romances from Dreamspinner that I can’t wait to get my hands on them as the pop up. Each one gives our old romance novels (aka Silhouette or whatever brand you may have gobbled up)and their well used, often loved themes a LGBTQIA twist.
In Romancing the Wrong Twin, Clare London uses, yes, that delicious plot of switched identity and twins. One twin? A famous male model, fabulous, sexy, and a serial dater. His brother? Quiet, in the theatre, a writer and director in need of money for his play. The stage is definitely set for fun and romance and London makes the most of the format by adding in a bear of a mountaineer, Dom, in need of a backer for his climb up Mt. Eiger. Why not have the famous mountaineer “date” the famous model? After all they share a ad agency…should be a cat walk. Or not when one famous brother asks the not so famous one to be his Stand-in.
I had a bit of difficulty the first couple of pages. A case of too much description of extraneous things getting in the way of connecting me to the characters but once I met the irascible Dom and his crew the story started to click. It got better when Aidan and his theatre troupe came into the story. You could see how much Aidan was struggling to make it and the affection that all his actors/friends had for him. That background gave substance (as well as his feelings for his twin) to the reason behind the switch that was pulled. It wasn’t a lark. London established a foundation for her plot and it made the story viable.
Aidan and Dom made a great couple. London gave them the right amount of chemistry and sexy scenes. I adored them. And there was just enough anticipatory angst built into the plot to make you wonder close to the end of the story how the revelation would be handled. Nicely done.
But one other thing surprised me. Zeb, Aidan’s brother. There’s a plot twist here. I don’t know if I missed his story or if London (please say yes) has his story coming out. We need to know Zeb’s story too. How about a Romancing the Right Twin? Surely that’s in the works? I’ll be on the lookout, but in the meantime grab up Romancing the Wrong Twin by Clare London. Its a fun, sweet romance in the Dreamspun Desires series from Dreamspinner Press. Its one I recommend.
Cover art by Paul Richmond continues to work well to brand the series and the story.
ebook, Dreamspun Desires #21, 256 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleRomancing the Wrong Twin
ISBN 1634773721 (ISBN13: 9781634773720)