I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW.
Title: How I Met Your Father
Author: L.B. Gregg
Year of Publication: 2013
Length: 98 pages
First Line: “The flight attendant steadied herself against the turbulence as she’d probably done a million times before–absently.”
Summary: Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn’t looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can’t dodge the “best man” bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?
Jack Bassinger’s own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter’s hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous—and extremely attractive—young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all.
Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there’s no place like home.
Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
I loved this book. It was a short, quick read which for a slow reader like me can be fabulous. It only took me a day to finish.
HOW I MET YOUR FATHER started off rather slow. There’s quite a few pages describing the airplane and Justin’s uneasiness with the turbulence until Jack is introduced. I felt like all of those pages really could have been boiled down to a few paragraphs or something.
The ending was a bit jarring. There is the actual ending to the story, which very abruptly during the vacation. After that there is the epilogue that takes place a year later. It’s a bit harsh to go from Jack and Justin contently talking about their relationship to one year in the future. Perhaps the transition could have been done differently.
Because this deals with a former boy band, there’s the author had to create four different personalities for the boys in the band. Frankly, I thought they all blended together and had a difficult time telling them apart. Every one of them loved to drink and had a witty sense of humor. But I totally admit that I had the Backstreet Boys in my head when picturing the characters since I was a total Backstreet Girl back in the day.
This book was set on a tropical island which was such a fantastic and unique setting for a wedding and Christmas story.
The chemistry between Jack and Justin was incredibly wonderful. L.B. Gregg portrayed an amazing relationship in so few pages! Those two are very different, in personalities and in age but they compliment each other so well. They also have a great physical attraction towards one another; Jack and Justin have sex in an airport bathroom after meeting on the airplane.
Despite having a hard time to tell the other characters apart, I enjoyed the friendships and familial relationships. They were all solid. The conversations were realistic. I loved that everyone in the boy band had gone back into private life.
Worst part: Slow beginning
Best part: Chemistry between Justin and Jack
Recommend For: Nostalgic boy band fans (Backstreet Boys *swoons*) & people who like cross generational relationships.
Other Books by This Author: Dudleytown and Simple Gifts