Derek needs a fake boyfriend for Christmas — and Luke needs money to save his family’s bar. It seems like the perfect arrangement, but when the holiday spirit sparks feelings they never expected, could love take them by surprise? Hiring a boyfriend for Christmas? What could go wrong?
Derek is facing yet another Christmas where his life feels out of control. He has a new career that doesn’t feel like his, and parents who would just love to see him settled down. All he needs is a temporary buffer for the parties he has to attend, and for his parents to leave him alone. Enter, Luke.
Luke is twenty-thousand dollars short for the renovations on Halligans; his family’s bar in New York’s Financial District. A favor for a buddy has him agreeing to play the part of boyfriend to a guy with more money than sense.
But when the spirit of Christmas works its magic on the two men, and they begin to fall for each other, Derek runs scared, and Luke needs space.
It doesn’t matter what obstacles you throw in the way of love, or how much you run in the other direction, because, when you’re least expecting it, whether you want it or not, love happens anyway.
Nice, easy read. Couldn’t put it down. Just about the right amount of steam. Believable plot and characters.
Love Happens Anyway, dealing emotional doubt!
What does Dexter do when he has lied about his supposed boyfriend named Marcus? Solution: HIRE a proxy for five dates, a foolish contract with no emotion nor feelings, nor sex, maybe just holding hands and a casual embrace and a kiss to convince your parents, friends and business associates! Trouble in paradise to end the romance and kill off a hoax: ending boyfriend Marcus's fake fatal existence! RJ Scott's Christmas fun holiday fantasy romp creates wonderful characters, suspenseful situations, testing relationships between Dexter and his hired fireman proxy - Luke, a real unexpected contract for romance, emotions that deny love.
A sweet and hot Christmas story.
Love Happens Anyway is a sweet story of a man, Derek, who feels pressure from his parents to find the right guy and a man, Luke, who's had to change his life to fit his new circumstances.
The story is told in first person POV, alternating chapters between Derek and Luke. I believe that this is the only first person POV story that I've read by RJ Scott. I have to admit that first person POV isn't my favorite but I've come to realize that the author has a lot to do with my enjoyment of this POV. RJ Scott is on my list of favorite authors and she did a great job telling this story.
I love fake boyfriend (or girlfriend) stories, add in the fact that this is a Christmas story and that makes it all that much better. The fact that Derek is paying for Luke's services as a boyfriend complicates their growing relationship. Once they finally start talking to each other things start to work out.
I usually judge books by how much they engage my emotions. I admit that it took a bit longer for that to happen with this story (Derek was kind of a jerk in the beginning) but once I became fully invested in Derek and Luke's situation the tears came. That's a perfect indication of how much a story touches my heart. There were wonderful and respectful mentions of nine-eleven in the story. Luke's father and uncle were heroes and casualties of that terrible day.
I have to mention how much I love the cover for this book and the great way it ties into the story. I'm also quite fond of the name that RJ has given to one of the kittens. 😊
RJ Scott always delivers an HEA for her characters and I loved the epilogue that gives an insight into how Derek and Luke are doing a year down the road.