The sexy Navy chief and his best friend’s adorkable little brother…
It’s petty, but Naval Chief Derrick Fox wishes he could exact a little revenge on his ex by showing off a rebound fling. His submarine is due to return to its Bremerton, Washington, home base soon and Derrick knows all too well there won’t be anyone waiting with a big, showy welcome.
Enter one ill-advised plan…
Arthur Euler is the guy you go to in a pinch—he’s excellent at out-of-the-box solutions. It’s what the genius music-slash-computer nerd is known for. So when he finds out Derrick needs a favor, he’s happy to help. He can muster the sort of welcome a Naval Chief deserves, no problem at all.
Except it is a problem. A very big problem.
When Arthur’s homecoming welcome is a little too convincing, when a video of their gangplank smooch goes enormously viral, they’re caught between a dock and a hard place. Neither of them ever expected a temporary fake relationship to look—or feel—so real. And Arthur certainly never considered he’d be fighting for a very much not-fake forever with a military man.
Point of view:
What a fun story! These are some terrific tropes: Fake dating turns real, brother’s best friend/best friend’s little brother, forced proximity, & opposites attract. I love that Derrick & Arthur already kind of knew each other since Derrick had been to many of the family gatherings in the past. There was a little angst from each wondering if the other was catching real feelings and again when they were trying to make things work for real – but for the most part this was fairly low angst and just an all around delightful listen. Their antics at the family reunion were a great way for the listener to get to know them as well as them learning more about each other. These two had great chemistry in and out of the bedroom. It was easy to root for their HEA.
I’m looking forward to Calder’s book, Sink or Swim.
I enjoy both Greg Boudreaux and Joel Leslie, but don’t think I’ve ever listened to them paired in a dual narration before. It was a great fit for both characters and their styles complemented each other well. I loved the characters Albert created but listening to Boudreaux & Leslie bring them to life was terrific.
About the author:
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. She has penned many critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series. To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, be sure to join her reader group on Facebook! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and particularly loves uncovering unique main characters. In her personal life, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children. She’s a compulsive knitter, late night reader, obsessive gamer, and happy bi-pride flag waver.
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About the narrators:
Trained in vocal and stage performance, Greg Tremblay brings a passion for storytelling to every aspect of his life and work. Critically-recognized and listener-beloved, Greg’s work has been praised by Audiofile Magazine’s “Earphone” award, numerous blogs, and is the recipient of the GoodReads Reader’s Choice award for Best Narrator – 2016 in M/M Romance. Greg also maintains a curated collection of uniquely and delightfully spicy boudoir treats branded under the “Greg Boudreaux” narration name. (Rellim’s note: As a rule, I don’t post pseudonyms, but this bio is copied directly from Tremblay’s website.)
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Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth. A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds. His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike.
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My Favorite Quotes
Arthur turned out hot. – Sailor Proof by @AnnabethAlbert @ #Audiobook narrated by @joellesliefro & @GTremblayVoice #MM #Romance #Navy #BestFriendsBrother #ShoreLeave #FakeRealtionshipTweet
I had it bad and this was only day one. – Sailor Proof by @AnnabethAlbert @ #Audiobook narrated by @joellesliefro & @GTremblayVoice #MM #Romance #Navy #BestFriendsBrother #ShoreLeave #FakeRealtionshipTweet
I felt seen in a way I almost never felt at family things. – Sailor Proof by @AnnabethAlbert @ #Audiobook narrated by @joellesliefro & @GTremblayVoice #MM #Romance #Navy #BestFriendsBrother #ShoreLeave #FakeRealtionshipTweet
Oh fuck. There’s only one bed. – Sailor Proof by @AnnabethAlbert @ #Audiobook narrated by @joellesliefro & @GTremblayVoice #MM #Romance #Navy #BestFriendsBrother #ShoreLeave #FakeRealtionshipTweet
Muddy might not be the worst thing if it led to dirty fun. – Sailor Proof by @AnnabethAlbert @ #Audiobook narrated by @joellesliefro & @GTremblayVoice #MM #Romance #Navy #BestFriendsBrother #ShoreLeave #FakeRealtionshipTweet