Favorite Toy, by Louise Lyons
3 ½ Stars
Determined to stay single, Dean Simpson and his best friend Ryan have been playing a game, where each man chooses a potential hook-up for the other, usually someone nothing like their usual type. But with Ryan now off the market, Dean agrees to one final round of the game and allows his friend to choose his toy for the evening.
Casper Mancuso is about as far from Dean’s type as he can get. Casper is pretty, flamboyant, and attention-seeking, but sexy with it. Dean decides one night can’t hurt, but when Casper makes it clear his aim is the same as Dean’s – to have one bit of fun and then move on – Dean finds himself surprisingly disappointed.
With both men keen to avoid a relationship at all costs, it seems there can be no chance for anything between them. And yet the pair are drawn to each other and despite some hurtful comments and a very public argument, they just can’t stay away from each other. Eventually Dean is forced to admit that the very antithesis of what he usually likes is exactly what he’s been waiting for.
This review contains possible spoilers.
This book went in directions that I didn’t anticipate and SPOILER ALERT – there is a death of a secondary character
I enjoyed the characters. Based on the blurb, I expected the “game” to play a bigger part of the story and Dean never really treated his hook-ups like “toys”, but whatevs. That being said, I felt like the blurb was a touch misleading.
However, the rest of the book makes up for it because it takes a sharp right turn into the real world about three quarters of the way through.
Bottom Line: It’s not as light of a read as you might think. It’s enjoyable and sweet. I’ll read it again.