Book Review – On The Run by May Archer

Whispering Key #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 329
Characters: Toby/Beale
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Series

I was supposed to be partying with a bunch of celebrities in paradise this week, okay?

But then I made one teeny, tiny error in judgement before leaving New York, and suddenly the paparazzi expected me to give a command performance as “the other man” in their straight celebrity “outing” of the week.

Um, no, precious. So much no.

Instead, I did what any self-respecting, secret-keeping man would do in that situation: I cancelled my trip and fled New York to hide out in the last place anyone would look for me–a weird little Florida island where nothing exciting ever happened.

Or at least it didn’t… until I arrived.

Now I find myself shacked up with my fake boyfriend Beale Goodman, Whispering Key’s most adorable, most enormous, most virginal cinnamon roll—a guy who rescues feral cats, believes in soulmates, and talks about happiness like it’s free for the taking.

A guy who nearly convinces me, with every smile and kiss, that it is.

Stranger still? I find myself falling for the people on the island. Fitting in, instead of sticking out. Making, you know… friends. And for the first time ever, I think I’ve found something I want to run to, rather than from…

As long as I can keep my secrets from catching up with me.

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This is the first solo book I’ve read by May Archer, and it won’t be the last. I loved this fun, quirky, opposites attract, fake boyfriend (yeah right) contemporary romance.

I loved Toby’s non-stop, zero filter narrative, which I thought reflected his personality, which is very different to Beale’s more laid back, in tune with the universe approach to life. I thought having quotes at the beginning of their chapters was a nice touch. Although not exactly another character, Aunt Hagatha comes across as one, and I liked how Beale finally gets Toby to accept both parts of himself. His and Toby’s scenes together are sweet, and not only do they fit, but they’re good for each other. Beale’s a sweetheart.

The residents of Whispering Key are wonderful, and quirky. I love how Toby and Beale’s story about how they met grows with each retelling, and it’s not even them spiralling it into something it’s not. Of course they were the last to realise the truth about their being soulmates. I also liked Majorie, Beale’s cat, who plays a good size role in getting them together.

The way their story plays out, with the help of Aunt Hagatha of course, is very romantic, and perfect for these guys. Loved it, and want more of Whispering Keys now.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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