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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Secrets and Bow Ties” by Lou Harper



Who said nerdy can’t be sexy?

Self-confessed gold digger Dylan Price is cooling his heels as a waiter at a trendy West Hollywood restaurant, waiting for the sugar daddy of his dreams to walk through the doors. Someone rich, sophisticated. Preferably old.

Bookish Simon Wainwright couldn’t be further from Dylan’s ideal. Aside from his terrible fashion sense, Simon suffers from a glaring lack of a Beverly Hills mansion. And he’s barely over thirty!

Dylan, however, isn’t made of stone. Coincidence, an obscene candle, even Simon’s dorky cardigan compel him to give the shy academic a very special birthday gift, which Dylan files away as a one-night stand. But when Dylan’s quest lands him in hot water, he runs to Simon to hide.

The two take off for Las Vegas, where Dylan takes upon himself to give Simon a complete makeover. For reasons he can’t comprehend, Dylan begins to reevaluate his life—and what he holds most dear. But with danger not far behind, he might be too late.

Warning: Contains a nightclub where the staff is as hot as the food, a waiter with a smart mouth (in more ways than one), a nerdy college professor, Vegas “boylesque” shows, and lots of smexy times.


It would be easy to dislike Dylan at first because he’s a  self-proclaimed gold digger and in pursuit of a sugar daddy. See, Dylan has a plan, if he hooks up with someone old enough – say, thirty years older – who will probably die when Dylan starts losing his good looks, then he can get everything. Yep, sounds like a vile character, right?

This is why the third book in Lou Harper “Secrets” series might be my favorite yet. Because it is not exactly that black and white with Dylan. He had experience living on the streets with no money and no family to help him. For Dylan, the idea of living with a sugar Daddy gives him financial security; and he can feel safe and protected.

Throughout the book, Dylan sure matures up, especially after meeting quiet, nerdy Simon, who is not at all like a potential sugar daddy. Simon might be nine years older, and he might have enough money, but Simon is not stinking rich. Simon is simply a reserved assistant professor. Simon offers Dylan solid friendship and support, especially when Dylan finds himself in trouble.

I loved this slow steady relationship between the two of them. Dylan did sleep with Simon early on, but afterwards, Simon refuses to have a repeat performance. But they have fun in Vegas where Simon accepts Dylan’s determination to give him a make-over, to let loose once in a while, while Dylan learns that sometimes being with someone steady and strong is better than one simply with money.

As always, Harper’s writing clicked with me and easily pulled me in, made me care for these two men so much. I would’ve rated this book higher actually … but unfortunately, near the end, Dylan does one thing, a story line I dislike the most in books…and he foolishly assumes that he can handle things on his own. I know that it can add intensity and a thrill but I always find it a very stupid thing for characters to do. I was annoyed by it and it simply ruined things for me.

I will definitely stick with this series, of course, because I’ve really enjoyed every installment to date. Maybe the next story will be about Dylan’s other roommate, Teag? He seems to have a broken-heart over a failed past relationship and I would love to see Teag gets his own happily ever after.



secrets-and-bow-tiesTitle: Secrets and Bow Ties (Secrets #3)
Author: Lou Harper
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 163
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Purchase Links: Samhain Publishing, ARe, Amazon

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

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