Book Review: Deal Maker by Lily Morton

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Sometimes your mouth makes deals that your heart can’t honour.

Jude is a highly successful model, but a very reluctant one. His life is full of casual hook-ups with pretty men in glamorous locations, but it’s still empty. However, circumstances decreed a long time ago that this was his path, so he’s resolutely stayed on it and accepted his fate with good grace. He made a deal with himself and his hook-ups. Get in, get out and no ties with anyone.

However, an accident at home one night leads to him making a new deal and accepting the offer of help from an unlikely source. It leads to an unexpected summer of falling in love with a larger than life man and his child.

But by the end of the summer his reasons for not staying are still valid. Will he turn away? Can he?

Asa is a talented actor who has spent time away from the scene to look after his son. But now he’s back, and the last thing he needs are complications from the gorgeous man who is staying with him. Scarred from too many betrayals, he has no intention of forming a lasting tie with anyone. However, he can’t resist the beautiful man with secrets, and to his horror he develops feelings.

But a deal’s a deal and they said it was just for the summer. What can Asa do with a man who has forever in his eyes and goodbye on his lips?

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Which rock was I living under till now that I didn’t discover Lily Morton before? Believe me when I tell you that you are missing out on all the fun if you haven’t read this series yet.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

I loved Jude in Rule Breaker because he is such a good friend and I was very excited to read his story and this one didn’t disappoint. He is an underwear model, so Asa and a lot of other people just assume he is vain, shallow and vapid. But he is very thoughtful, kind, loyal and smart and a bookworm. He loves reading historical romances people….. a man after my own heart 💖💖💖. And when he decides to prove Asa right and behave like the worst assistant ever, it’s quite hilarious. He is so sassy and I almost fell down laughing so many times.

“None of them saw me. None of them wanted me, and none of them ever measured up to the silly thoughts of what I really want in my life.”

Asa is a big guy with a very charming personality and a heart of gold. Except when he assumes stuff about Jude due to his own past experiences. But he is a wonderful person, great friend, treats everyone well irrespective of who they are and never puts on airs just because he is a star. He is a great father and I loved how he was both strict and playful with Billy and built such a warm and loving home atmosphere for him.

All mine – I wish. I stand stock still, hit with the sudden knowledge that this is exactly what I do wish. I want him to be mine. I want all his warmth and joy and kindness in my home and my bed. I want him.

It was great to see Asa and Jude together. The banter is obviously highly entertaining but what’s better is that they share a much deeper connection. Asa needs someone who can be a supportive dependable partner, who loves Billy and can understand him. Jude has been burnt many times in relationships due to his family responsibilities and he believes he will always disappoint his partner. What he doesn’t realise is that Asa is older and wiser and can actually understand his obligations, if only just given a chance. It was heartbreaking to read about two guys so much in love but still staying away because they don’t realise that they are exactly what the other needs.

“I happen to think you love not often but well, and if the way you’ve put the people you love first all these years is any indication, I think Billy and I will be very safe.”

This book again has amazing side characters. We get to see more of Gabe and Dylan as a couple and it was so nice. Gabe is definitely a lot more open and warm and Dylan is very cheerful. Billy is the most adorable little boy ever. He is very jovial, smart and so loving, it was a joy to watch the progression of his relationship with Jude. His sweet innocence and acceptance of his dad’s relationship is very heartening. Peggy is a delightful grandmotherly figure and I admired her dedication to Asa and Billy. Amos can make even the most happiest thought seem depressing but his dry humor was just too amusing.

“The important thing is, I’ll always know, if given a choice, you would be with me. That’s enough for me. It should be enough for anyone.”

The epilogue is very beautiful with lots of feels and I had a lot of happy tears in my eyes. I wish the author writes more books in this series, especially about Henry. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fun romances or smart and thoughtful characters. It was a thoroughly entertaining read.

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