Title: Who Loves you by Emily Alter.
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, LBGTQ
For as long as Ben has been a YouTuber, and no matter how successful, he’s never been able to reveal the truth about his past, which seems to keep haunting him every time he tries to move on. His breakup with fellow YouTuber Owen Danniel, and the drama it ensues, don’t help make it better.
It’s because of an appointment with his primary doctor, and an unfortunate encounter, that his luck may start to change. His name is Julian Yates, he loves cheese, mushrooms, and puts anchovies in his sandwiches for reasons Ben can’t begin to fathom.
However, Julian has a history too, and things he wished stayed buried and didn’t crawl back to haunt him. Revenge porn, and his rather unfortunate response to the huge stir it brought about, don’t just go away. It doesn’t matter that he’s already moved to the other side of the country with his sister, or that his job as a hiking guide gave him the perfect excuse to go unnoticed.
When Julian fails to remember what can happen if he’s on camera for one of Ben’s vlogs, they’ll both have to face their biggest, sometimes most irrational fears. Will Ben be true to his word as a hopeless romantic and put Julian’s well-being above that of his channel, or will he give up on a relationship that’s barely started? What about Julian? Will he work on the unresolved issues that make him believe he’s only good for one thing, or will he clam up at the first sign of rejection?
(+80000 words. Contemporary romance. Steamy scenes. HEA.)
I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author herself in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve never really read any LBGTQ novels before, another first for me this year, and I didn’t quite know what to expect.
The story revolves around Ben, a Youtuber who just broke up with his boyfriend (another Youtuber called Owen) when he meets Julian, who’s a bit of a mystery.
Ben is a sappy romantic at heart, even though his relationship with Owen crashed and burned. Then there’s Julian moved from New York to LA, has a mentally ill sister and a bit of a murky past.
This book had me saying aww, quite a lot, during it’s fairly short twenty one chapters.
But I have to be honest this book could have done with a little more fine tuning. There’s a few typos but nothing that would spoil your enjoyment.
Ben’s sweet and all but I think I would have liked to have seen a little bit more from Julian’s point of view too, I just kind of found him a bit more interesting as a character.
Something else that slightly confused me as I was reading that the author kept referring to Ben’s friend, Claude as they. At first I thought it was a typo but I realised Claude actually had no gender, neither male nor female, so the ‘they’ made sense but I think it should have been explained sooner.
Overall a sweet romance with a very steamy ending!
Emily Alter is a pansexual writer (and future forensic psychologist) who lives with her dog. University can be demanding, but she still finds the time to write. After all, what are we here for if not to gush about one or another love story?
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