Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.
When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.
With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.
This book is a complete story and can be read as a standalone.
Josh happens to be a flatmate of Jez and Mac, the young men we met in Helping Hand. Josh always seemed to have his act together, out and proud, with plenty of dates, staying out late at night a few times a week, and no one suspected that his real job as a rentboy. He decided to pursue a professional interest in what he’s good at so he’d not only have rent and food, he’d also have tuition fees so that he could finish uni on his own since his deadbeat father refused to help him.
When his favorite client stands him up, he settles for hooking up with a good-looking guy who caught his attention at the bar where he was waiting, and the two pursue an evening of sexy times in the hotel room the first client had prepaid. From here, Rupert, the new client, continues to pursue Josh, paying him every time, even though he’s starting to fall for his rentboy. The issue is that Josh is also falling for Rupert and is afraid that they can’t have a future based on their rocky foundation.
I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. Not only was the story very good, the narration was outstanding. Mark Steadman brought the characters to life. All characters, including Rupert’s high society mother, had different voices, and that’s a treat I enjoy but don’t always find. Both MCs were well-developed and I found myself coaching each on how to win the other over. Thankfully, I live alone because I found myself literally talking to them when they were too obtuse to move forward.
I recommend this to all who enjoy a lighthearted MM UK-based romance. Kudos to both the author and the narrator. By all means, pick this one up in audio.
The cover features a black-and-white close-up photo of the side profile of a handsome, young, bare-chested man, who fits the description of Josh perfectly.
Audiobook, Listening Length: 4 hours and 47 minutes
Published August 15th 2016 by Jaybird Press (first published August 14th 2015)
Original TitleLike a Lover
SeriesHousemates #2 settingPlymouth, England (United Kingdom)