Title: The Boyfriend Makeover (The Boyfriend Chronicles: Book Three)
Author: River Jaymes
At a Glance: On the whole, I highly recommend this book. It was an excellent addition to the series and I hope River Jaymes decides to write another book for the Boyfriend Chronicles. Hint, hint… Logan.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Noah Tanner loves life and the gay men who live it. Bisexuals rock too. Questioning? Even better. One-offs come and go like dates on a calendar, but his friends and his calling never do. He’s spent years raising money for San Francisco’s homeless in honor of the boyfriend who died. Ensuring the success of his upscale charity event is currently job one. He’s closing in on his goal, but the deliciously scruffy, oh-so-sexy Bachelor Bid contestant, Dr. Kyland Davis, is proving far too distracting.
Former Texan and no-nonsense surgeon Ky Davis prefers his beat-up Stetson boots to Louboutins. He’s sacrificed a lot to help raise his siblings—including keeping his orientation a secret. After a difficult year for his sister, he’ll do anything to see her smile again, even agree to participate in the fundraiser she’s been hired to organize. Unfortunately, the accompanying makeover by the irreverent and gorgeous Noah Tanner might be his undoing…
Review: I have been anxiously awaiting this book. Pins and Needles does not even come close to the anticipation I have felt. Noah was such a special guy, and I wanted—no, needed—the story to be as deep and multilayered as the man himself. I needn’t have worried. River Jaymes came through in a big way, and I finished this book totally satisfied with Noah’s tale.
We have seen glimpses of Noah in all of the previous books of this series, most especially in book one where he played a big part in Dylan and Alec’s story. Noah presented himself as such a caricature that I knew it was going to take a lot to strip him down to the essence that was truly Noah. His character has been at times witty, often caustic and brutally honest, but always loyal to the point of self-sacrifice. He is a complicated guy, on purpose, and breaking down his pretenses was going to take some doing.
Noah’s storyline begins in book one where a pivotal plot point is introduced in the form of Noah’s former boyfriend Rick, a homeless teen who died of HIV. All three of these books intertwine, each touching on this plot point; the death of Rick touches all the men’s lives, either directly or indirectly, and so much of who they are today and even the career choices they have made relate back to that event. You can read each one of these books as standalones, but to get the whole story start with book one, The Backup Boyfriend. I will say that because there have been several years between the release dates on these books, I went back and read books one and two the minute I knew three was finally on its way, and I am soooooo glad I did. Going back and revisiting these men has been a real treat. After reading all three, I will say that I am in awe of River Jaymes and how well she writes. Each of her characters stays true to form in every book, all of her facts are concurrent, and the main characters don’t change in personality or actions from one story to the next. Are there some individual snippets that I called BS on, i.e., Noah in kindergarten? Yes. But that wasn’t enough to ruin the whole book. Each book is individually full of depth, and that is especially true with this last one. I really hope this isn’t the last book of the series because Logan. Yeah…Logan.
Noah is a consummate “gay” man. He loves his martinis shaken, not stirred, prefers his men straight-ish (since there are no repeats—ever), and since image is everything, he crafts his like a Teflon skin. Not even his closest friends REALLY know the man behind the mask; he is that good. He likes his jeans on the skinny side, would not be caught dead in plaid, and has his manicurist on speed dial. Coming from money, he has the luxury of being a professional lobbyist for San Francisco’s homeless. Since his boyfriend died from inadequate healthcare, his mission is to make sure that it doesn’t happen to anyone ever again. He struggles daily with trying to be a better person and his internal dialogue is plentiful and inciteful.
Dr. Kyland Davis is from Texas. He has one pair of boots. They are his favorite and, in his opinion, they go with everything, even his scrubs. He’s a pretty simple guy; he truly would rather spend hours in surgery, elbow deep in internal organs, than have a conversation with someone as complicated as Noah. When his twin sisters volunteer him for a bachelor auction to raise money for a homeless shelter, it is so far outside his comfort zone as to be laughable. But he will do anything for his sisters. He raised them, loved them, and now only wants to protect them since they are grown. If protecting them means he has to deny himself a future with someone to love him and stand by his side, then so be it—the lonely closet it is. Ky is actually a very self-aware man; he has to be a strong character to be able to handle the disassembling of Noah. I loved Ky and his Texas drawl, and the sex scenes with the boots… whew…! I appreciated that Ky was written as such a quiet man, a “still waters run deep” kinda guy. He was the perfect match for Noah, the yin to Noah’s yang. The attraction was instant between the two, and the longing… Ky broke my heart with his sweetness.
Because of the differences between these two men, it’s necessary for most of this book to be a tale of how Ky and Noah must come together and be brutally honest with each other. Ky has to get to the bottom of Noah’s self-destructive behavior, and when it is revealed, boy is it a doozy. But Ky has secrets also, and really good reasons for keeping them. It is a slow burn in the romance department. The moments these two do manage to come together are so incredibly hot they literally scorch off the page! The old adage, “you have to love yourself first and foremost before you can love someone else,” is never truer than in this book. The epilogue was sweet and promised a satisfying HEA for these two. I enjoyed the on-page time with the other couples from the series. I would have liked the whole twin sisters/Texas/step father scenario fleshed out a little more, as I feel like I still have questions that will remain unanswered as to what will happen there.
On the whole, I highly recommend this book. It was an excellent addition to the series and I hope River Jaymes decides to write another book for the Boyfriend Chronicles. Hint, hint… Logan.
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