Title: The Straight Boyfriend (Loving You: Book Three)
Author: Renae Kaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 220 Pages
At a Glance: This is a true romance, one I highly recommend. Buy the book. If you enjoy this genre, you just may find a new favorite.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: Aaron Hall has never been able to remain faithful to a single woman, and for most of his life, he’s dated two women at once. Recently his girlfriend tracked him down and knocked on his door—and his live-in girlfriend answered. Now he has no girlfriend and a mortgage he can’t pay by himself.
Vinnie Rosello needs to change his life—get a better job, stop drinking all his money away, find himself a serious boyfriend… and move out of his parents’ house. Aaron needs help with his expenses, so they become housemates.
Even though Aaron harbors some misconceptions about gay men and Vinnie misses his large Italian family, both men find comfort in their friendship. It’s a good arrangement until everything between them changes.
Vinnie falls in love with Aaron, and Aaron is shocked to realize he feels the same. There’s only one problem—he’s still straight. He’ll have to overcome his fear of labels in order to love the man who’s captured his heart.
Review: Aaron Hall has been a serial dater of women his entire life, usually serial dating several women at a time because none of them ever seem to be able to hold his interest entirely. His latest failure has left him with a half empty house and bills to pay and a huge hole in his dating pool.
Vinnie Rosello needs a change. His life seems to be going nowhere, his job is stagnant, he needs a real boyfriend, and he needs out of his parent’s house. The solution to most of their problems seems pretty obvious. But, Aaron has some reservations about living with a gay man. Vinnie has never lived outside of his parents’ home, and their unconventional lifestyle has always meant a house full of people living, loving, and sharing life.
Vinnie has to adjust to the sudden quiet of a two person house, and Aaron has to let go of his ideas of what being a gay man in the world is really about. The two meet when their friends get together for Aussie Football and post-game bar-be-ques at Aaron’s. They have some basic history, but living together is another thing entirely—especially when Vinnie needs Aaron’s company to properly sleep. Aaron is not so gruff as he’d like others to believe, and lets Vinnie sleep in his bed to get used to the new situation of being without his large family.
They begin to teach each other about their needs. Vinnie sees Aaron as pretty close to his ideal as a man can be—except for being straight. Aaron sees in Vinnie all of the things he wishes the former loves of his life had possessed, namely the ability to make Aaron feel comfortable, loved, and cherished. Aaron can’t be falling for Vinnie. He simply can’t be. Can he?
Changes have to happen. How do you go from being straight and dating multiple women to being in love with another man? An adorable, loving, funny, articulate, shy man with a huge Italian family, who have assumed Aaron and Vinnie are a couple even before they know it themselves.
This is not the typical gay-for-you story. It isn’t a bisexual story either. This is simply a story of two men who have both been missing something their entire lives. They set aside labels. They set aside convention. They accept their mutual needs and a growing love to face the world together. Renae Kaye gives us another story of two men who need, simply, to love and be loved without reservation. The labels society would put on them do not matter. In her capable hands, they do not need labels. They only need our eyes to witness where they go and how they get here. This is a true romance, one I highly recommend. Buy the book. If you enjoy this genre, you just may find a new favorite.
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