Review of Deal Maker by Lily Morton
Jude is a highly successful model with obligations and secrets. He’s resigned himself to a life of hook-ups and no feelings. When he needs to find a temporary place to live for the summer, he meets Asa. Asa is a former movie star who’s taken time away to raise his young son. He’s larger than life with a warm personality and an inviting air that draws people in. Asa agrees to let Jude stay with them in exchange for his help as his PA. The men make a deal that will last the summer. But when hearts and feelings become involved, what will happen when the summer is over? Jude can’t ever have a relationship and Asa has been burned too many times.
“But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?” ~ Lily Morton
*** 5 AMAZING STARS ***
OMG, this is everything!
I don’t even know where to begin… Not only was the story so incredibly good but it was hilarious!! I haven’t laughed so hard from a book in a long time! I couldn’t go to sleep that night because I kept laughing and just wanted to keep reading. I’m snickering right now even just remembering some of the scenes. LOL!
Wow, both Jude and Asa were fantastic characters, but of course, Billy was such a scene stealer as well. So much comedy can come from the innocent mouths of children and air-headed models who count calories. It was just the perfect combination of warm loveable characters, lighthearted humor, and steamy romance (throw in a puppy rescue and you can guarantee we’ll have hearts in our eyes). I loved the way Asa was so trusting of Jude with Billy as if Jude was just a part of the family. And Jude was amazing! I could totally see this book being picked up as a movie. It had the perfect setting and cast of secondary characters as well. I loved the tender nature and loyalty of Peggy, and the doom and gloom, glass is always half empty attitude of Amos. They rounded out the leads and added the perfect compliments to the family dynamic. There were also several appearances from Dylan and Gabe from Rule Breaker as well. This is definitely going to be added to my list of favorite books to reread.
** Green Eyed Monsters ** (A Jude and Asa short story – takes place between the end of the book and the epilogue)
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I gave this 4 stars. After reading such a fantastic story, I was a little let down and frankly, this made me uncomfortable. I didn’t like the implication or thought of someone coming between Jude and Asa. I loathed Hayden. He was vile and I hated him for trying to separate the perfect couple. Maybe this was still a well written short, but it just left a bitter taste in my mouth. I didn’t find it to be so much about jealousy as someone purposely trying to break them up. I might have liked it better if it was simply a case of misplaced jealousy. But in Hayden’s case, he actually was delusional in thinking Asa still might want him, so he was planting doubt in Jude’s mind. I was hurt on his behalf for what he went through. I didn’t mind Malachi so much since he was fairly innocuous. But what a coincidence that they both had an ex at the same place and the same time. That part of the story was a bit more tolerable for me.