Book Review – Not a Boy by Elle Keaton

All American Boy Series
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press LLC
Pages: 116
Characters: Henry/Ben
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary, Series

Henry should have kept on walking by when he spotted the younger man sitting alone on the beach. He should never have stopped, never sat down, and certainly never kissed him. Because now Henry is experiencing feelings. And he doesn’t like it one bit.

Things happen for a reason, even random hook-ups. Ben was supposed to get off work early that night. It was no accident the sexy stranger stumbled on his beach hiding spot. The Kiss was destined, as well as what happened afterward. It wasn’t as if Ben believed in love at first sight, but this was damn close.

It’s a good thing Henry lives three-thousand miles away or he might do something stupid, like ask for Ben’s phone number.

Ben’s hometown boss begs him to return and he agrees, only regretting not being able to say goodbye to his snarky divorce lawyer. But all the wanting in the universe isn’t going to bring them together again, he doesn’t even know Henry’s last name. Besides, home is on the west coast, not Maine.

Sometimes the universe is a funny place.

#foundfamily #agegap #acceptance #oppositesattract #boynextdoorisnotaboy

All American Boy Series: Semi-Sweet MM Romance

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I’m already a huge fan of this author’s books, and an added bonus of this story is how it fits nicely within the shared world of her series, with appearances from Shay, Ryder, and Cody on Piedras Island. I loved Henry and Ben’s story, couldn’t put it down, and read it in one sitting. I hope to see glimpses of them in other books.

I started reading this story late at night, thinking I’d read a couple of chapters, then finish it the next evening. I ended up sitting up very late as I had to make sure Henry and Ben got their HEA. Although this is an opposites attract story, they have a lot of common ground, interests, and people in common. Their first meeting is sweet and sexy, and very much has a sense of meant to be.

I loved how they fit in with the wider Piedras community, and I enjoyed Henry’s friendship with Shay and Ryder. The supporting cast enrich the story with their quirks and friendships. I loved the two ladies who run the B&B, and Ben’s mother is wonderful. His father, on the other hand, really isn’t. I was very pleased Ben had Henry in his corner, and that neither of them put up with his rubbish.

Ben and Henry’s scenes together are sweet, especially the pillow talk as they get to know each other. Cody and Shay doing what they can to keep these two together is great. I love the banter, and especially how Shay comes right out and tells Henry he’s an idiot. Although I could understand why Henry said what he did, Shay is totally right.

The epilogue is perfect. I need a story with Cody and Wade finally growing a clue 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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