IRL: In Real Life (An After Oscar Novel, Book 1)

A M/M Romance

Heat level: Steamy Rating: Five Stars

I love all things, Lucy Lennox. I’ve hunted down and downloaded her entire Made Marian and her Forever Wilde Series. I recently got the chance to read her newest venture; a collaboration with her sister Molly Maddox. I expected something great, but I got so much more than I even hoped. It begins with an accidental wrong number text and snowballs from there. It’s hot and the tension is strung tight for a while, but not so long the reader can take a breath and lose all interest. These ladies are very good and keeping the reader flipping pages to see what happens next.

First, I love books where I can see a character develop and grow. No one in, well real life, (pun intended) stays the same. With every event, either big or small, that happens to us changes us in some way. That’s good, usually. During this book, the main characters Wells Grange and Conor Newell come from two very different worlds, and that’s where these brilliant authors grab you. You have a suspicion that it’ll be a HEA, but you aren’t quite sure who’ll do the changing to make that possible.

Wells comes from a very wealthy family and through experience, learns that you can’t trust anyone in business. He’s hard, unrelenting and is known by the well-earned moniker “Glacier Grange.” And Conor, well, he’s a shy, sweet awe-shucks, people pleaser from a little town in North Carolina. Two opposite ends of the spectrum in background and love. One is a straight up commitment-phobe and the other, well he dreams of meeting The One.

To be honest, I would read Wells’ side of the story and go between liking the guy and wanting to strangle him. But isn’t that the hope of all readers, to be drawn into a character so much that your emotions are bouncing along with them on their journey?

And Conor? I just wanted to wrap that boy up and take him home and feed him like I would my kid. I ended up rooting for both characters to the point I kept looking at the percentage of the book read, and hoping I wasn’t nearing the end of the book. Again, something readers relish; a book so well written and so good you don’t want it to end.

Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the authors led me to a completely different way. I like that. I like being surprised thinking “I know what’s going to happen here” but then to have my head snapped into a totally different way, it’s fun.

If you get this book, I know you’ll enjoy it at, and then you can check out other books by Lucy Lennox and Molly Maddox. I already have all of Lucy’s book and plan on check out her sister’s work as well.

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