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Jared by R J Scott & Meredith Russell

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Boyfriend For Hire series by R J Scott & Meredith Russell

Series Type:
Individual Stories
Number In Series:
4
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Publisher:
Love Lane Books
Published:
23 April 2021
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Words:
40,300
Pages:
180
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Synopsis

Jared’s world is turned upside down after Luka hands over his pocket money to hire him as a friend for his lonely, widowed dad.
Jared is good at his job, but his soft heart means that he often finds himself in the weirdest of situations. A kind-of-threesome, a disappearing swan, and a destroyed hotel room are just the tip of the iceberg, but he is a popular boyfriend-for-hire and always in demand. He dreams of working as a family psychologist one day, and as his work with Bryant & Waites is funding his studies, the last thing he wants is to lose his job. At a make-or-break meeting, Jared vows to focus on being strictly professional. Still, almost immediately, he meets Luka sitting on the office steps with pocket money in hand and with a sadness that melts Jared’s resolve. Luka explains that his mom passed away some years ago, and his hardworking father needs a friend. Jared has no intention of taking Luka’s pocket money, but he wants to make Luka smile again, and if being hired as a friend for Luka’s widowed dad is what it takes, then he’s all in.
Being a single dad to eleven-year-old Luka is the best thing in Nate’s world, but add running a bar with long hours, and his work-life balance is screwed. There’s certainly no time for relationships, and even though Luka worries about his dad’s love life daily, romance is the last thing on Nate’s agenda. Owning Rhea’s Bar and keeping his head above water is second only to his love for Luka. His entire world consists of his son and the bar until Jared stumbles into his life. Even though Nate won’t admit it, he’s lonely, and Jared is the first friend he’s made in a very long time. Could their friendship become something more?

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Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

5/5

This book will put a smile on your face, a warm glow in your body and you cannot help but to fall in love with these guys.

Jared works as a boyfriend for hire for a high-end agency.  He has a habit of getting into situations that get him into trouble with his boss. Though it is always due to his huge caring heart.

Nate is a single Dad to his Son Luka (approx. 10 years old).  Since losing his wife 4 years ago, there are only two things that matter to him in life.  His Son Luka and the bar he runs named after his wife.  He struggles to juggle being a single Dad and dealing with everything that owning and running a bar entails.

Then there is Luka a ten-year-old young man.  And oh my gosh he is so adorable and loving, as well as sneaky.

Luka knows his dad is lonely. So, having seen an advert for Boyfriends for hire, he sneaks off to the agency where Jared works with the intention of hiring a boyfriend for his Dad.

When Jared meets Luka outside the office and finds out what Luka is, therefore, his caring nature kicks in and he knows he must make sure Luka gets home safely, and inadvertently gets hired by Luka for a couple of Dollars.

Nate gets a call from his neighbour as Luka has gone missing, he instantly drops everything at the bar and goes searching for Luka.  Only to see him with a stranger.  Obviously, you can imagine what goes through nates mind.  Once Jared explains to Nate, he was just making sure Luka got home safely after finding him outside his office.  Nate and Luka invite him to join them for a burger.

This is such a tender story full of love and mostly sunshine. There is a spark between Nate and Jared, and Luka seems intent on turning that spark into a flame. With more mischievous sneakiness and some home-made paper flowers……you will have to read the book to find out what Luka has plotted.

It is obvious that Jared fits right into Nate and Luka’s family.  He knows Nate and Luka come as a package and that is fine by him.  He has bonded with Luka, if only Luka would stop insisting on paying him each time, he visits them.

The characters are so real, I felt like I was with them at the dinner table and part of their convocation.  And as for Luka, he is such a loving young man, so well behaved, well except for his plot to find his Dad a boyfriend.

I loved the bond between father and son, it is so strong on both sides.

Want a heart-warming romance that will give you a warm glow with a few laughs along the way.  This book is for you.

Excerpt

Excerpt 1
“Jared,” he opened a file on his desk. “One missing advent swan, a narrowly avoided foursome, a destroyed room, and that’s in less than three months. If it wasn’t for the positive feedback and the fact that all three of those bookings gave you glowing reviews, despite the issues—”
“Am I fired? I’m sorry, I didn’t know that the swan belonged to the hotel, otherwise when the girl from the table next to me started sobbing I wouldn’t have gotten involved and opened the gate to let it out.”
“No, you’re not fired, but Jared, you have to stop trying to make everything better for everyone, and open us up to situations that cost money or reputation. So, this next booking…”
“Is my last chance?” Jared finished and remained hopeful that Gideon wasn’t going to get rid of him.
“End of May we’ve just booked a graduation event for one of our new clients, she’s a CEO and won’t take any drama, tell me I’m not going to get a report that shit has hit any  of the fans in the room you’re in.”
Jared held up a hand. “I solemnly swear.”
Gideon muttered something under his breath and then pressed the intercom. “Rowan, can you bring in the ZenTech Industries file?” There was static, and Gideon frowned at the machine as if it had personally hurt him. “Rowan?”
Just as Gideon stood to find his errant PA, Rowan’s voice came through loud and clear. “I’d love to come in babe…sir, but we have a slight issue.”
Excerpt 2
“Do you have any idea how worried I was? And Auntie Lee? What were you thinking? Lying? No lies, we don’t lie, ever.”
Luka’s bottom lip trembled. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to.”
Nate held Luka’s face, tugged the beanie he was wearing down over his ears. His cheeks were flushed pink from the cool air and felt chilled against Nate’s warm palms. “What would I do if something happened to you? Hey?” He pulled Luka to him, appreciated the solid feel of him in his arms. “Promise me you won’t do anything like this ever again.”
There was a small hic as Luka nodded against him.
“What were you doing that was so important that you thought you had to lie about it?” He rested his hand on the top of Luka’s head, encouraging Luka to lean back.
Luka’s eyes were wet, his nose red. “It’s your birthday soon. I wanted to get you something.”

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R J Scott

Biography

RJ Scott, author of M/M romance.
Writing love stories with a happy ever after – cowboys, heroes, family, hockey, single dads, bodyguards
USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott has written over one hundred romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always with a happy ever after.
She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing. The last time she had a week’s break from writing, she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.

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Meredith Russell

Biography

Meredith Russell is an author, cover artist and vampire slayer. Okay, she may have made that last one up, but that’s what she loves about writing—the possibilities. No matter where her stories are set—from fantastical worlds of zombies and werewolves to the ambling life of an English village—she strives to write about romance and the tales of men searching for their happy ever after. Meredith  writes the stories she loves to read—complex, emotional, a journey, and sometimes unexpected.
In 2012 Meredith had her first novels published, as well as being commissioned to do her first cover design. She now splits her time between populating fictional worlds with characters she adores, and helping other authors bring theirs to life through cover art. She has had a number of popular releases, including Dead Things, Just Jack, and both the Sapphire Cay and Boyfriend for Hire series' written with RJ Scott.

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