Title: The Boyfriend Mandate
Author: River Jaymes
Publisher: Self published/ Amazon
Cover Artist: n/a
Length: Novel (284 pages)
Guest review from Feliz
and two-time cancer survivor Memphis Haines excels at beating the odds.
When he’s presented with the opportunity to help his ex-boyfriend with a
charity event, he jumps at the chance to make up for the devastating
way he left Tyler ten years ago. Memphis might have taken the college
geek’s virginity, but the former mathelete is now a hell of a head
turner. And Dr. Tyler Hall’s cool reserve is a challenge Memphis can’t
resist. A self-confessed rule breaker and line crosser, he keeps turning
up the heat with one goal in mind: to melt the man’s composure.
Hall sticks to one simple mandate: no more dating ex-boyfriends. Ever.
He certainly isn't interested in hooking up with Memphis Haines, the ex
who jumps off buildings, dodges explosions, and poses for designer
underwear ads. Ten years ago, falling for Memphis changed Tyler’s life.
The man’s abrupt departure turned his world inside out. But he moved on
long ago. Besides, he has a clinic for the homeless to run, patients to
take care of, and no time to deal with the trouble his ex brings.
Memphis, however, seems determined to rehash the past. And his
boxer-dropping grin, hard body, and confident charm are resurrecting
ultra-hot memories best not remembered, making Tyler’s rule harder and
harder to keep...
The Backup Boyfriend, so I could barely wait for this one to come out.
And I really liked this book too, although not quite as much as the first in the series. More about this later. First the pros:
writing was wonderful, catchy and smooth (aside from those annoyingly
overused expletives--"Judas Priest" and "Jesus Haploid Christ"--ehm,
wait, what?) Tyler, whom I didn't care for all that much during the
first book, really grew on my during this one. In the first boo, he was a cold, detached asshole, but the details on his backstory revealed here made me understand him much better, made him appear human, and by the end, I'd come to care for him a lot.
Memphis, however....of course he was
adorable like he was meant to be, on the surface at least, but he also had some rather unappealing traits. For one, he was manipulative to a fault, not only with Tyler, but also with everyone else around him. He played the "poor me cancer survivor" card a little too often, and even though his remorse seemed real, I though Tyler forgave him too easily. Then again, the two had some real good chemistry between them, too.
Alec and Dylan from book one made a
few cameos, and I loved meeting them again; I especially loved to see
insecure Dylan giving and receiving advice from Tyler, of all people. As
Tyler and Memphis's relationship grew closer, so did their group of
friends. Meeting Julissa was another pro; she's a great female
character, so well developed even in her rather minor role that I almost
wished she'd get her own book at some point.
somewhat missed Noah. Even though much of the book was set at his place,
Noah's presence wasn't as strongly felt as it was during the first
book. Since Noah is kind of like the glue that keeps them all together
(and my secret favorite of them all, admittedly) I was glad to see a new
scrap of development during the epilogue, hinting at Noah finding
happiness of his own in the not-so-far future.
It's always hard
to come up with a reason for a decade-long separation of "star-crossed"
lovers. Although the reasons for Memphis's taking off in the first place
took some suspension of disbelief, they were toroughly explored later
and explained to a point where I almost--almost could relate... which
was the biggest issue I had with the book: the almost, even more so
since I couldn't quite put my finger on what actually bothered me about
Memphis and Tyler's breakup-and-reunion-trope. IN the end, I guess it
might've been a case of it's not the book, it's me, so... as taste is
subjective, I think other readers need to find out for themselves.
Overall, this was an enjoyable and commendable read, although I'm looking forward to Noah's story even more now.