Title ➷ Dating Ryan Alback
Author ➷ by J.E. Birk
Expected publication ➷ February 20, 2017
Published by ➷ Riptide Publishing
Genre ➷ Contemporary, M/M Romance
Read ➷ Kindle Edition, English
Word count ➷ Approximately 66,400 words / 250 pages
Price ➷ $4.99 (US)
Ryan Alback has almost everything he’s ever wanted: a successful acting career, a dog who adores him, great family and friends, and a life outside the closet. The only thing missing is a boyfriend — but Ryan’s been burned by Hollywood relationships before, and he’s not eager to try one again.
Jason Santos has almost everything he’s ever wanted: a fulfilling career teaching middle school, a house in a city he loves, and parents who support him in every way. Too bad he can’t seem to forget the ex-boyfriend who rejected his marriage proposal.
When a talk show host launches a dating contest to find Ryan a boyfriend and Jason accidentally wins, neither of them expect anything to come from it. Yet somewhere between a disastrous massage and a mud sinkhole, they both start to wonder if this date could be more than just a public relations stunt. But before they can move into the future, they’ll both have to learn to let go of the past.
♦️ Riina’s Review:
The premise of the story sounded exciting and rather unique. It started out entertaining and I really enjoyed the first handful of chapters, the rest? Sadly not so much.
A successful actor and a (private) blind date setup, what could be more fun to read?
Well…. my biggest regret is that I found Ryan and Jason uninteresting characters and didn’t connect with them at all.
I liked Ryan, the laid-back, mega-introverted but successful actor. I really did. He was just so ordinary. Jason too, sadly, while I loved his character he had nothing (in his voice) that had me glued to my kindle with heart shaped eyes.
From the beginning their interactions were a bit awkward, which is cool, but they never got exciting. It was all just very timid, on the down-low. Steam level is also very, very low.
I missed the spark, maybe some banter and sass, and most of all: the passion.
I didn’t feel any connection between Ryan and Jason. Their conversations and interactions weren’t very interesting either, so….
Maybe their relationship was more on the realistic side, but didn’t make for an exciting read I’m afraid.
While clever and certainly intriguing, the story itself didn’t safe it for me. Quickly the book became more and more predictable and actually got a tad ridiculous, AND I still wasn’t invested in Ryan and Jason, at all.
Personally this was pretty much a 2.5 star read. I didn’t dislike it but didn’t love it either.
I appreciate the time and love the author put into creating this book and its characters. I’m certain there are the right readers for Dating Ryan Alback out there; many probably!
So, don’t let my review hold you back: give it a try! 🙂
Many, many thanks to the publisher who kindly provided a free copy for an honest and impartial review.
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