Review: Dating Ryan Alback by J.E. Birk

Monday, February 20, 2017

Title: Dating Ryan Alback
Author: J.E. Birk
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: February 20th 2017

Ryan Alback has almost everything he’s ever wanted: a successful acting career, a dog who adores him, great family and friends, and a life outside the closet. The only thing missing is a boyfriend — but Ryan’s been burned by Hollywood relationships before, and he’s not eager to try one again. 

Jason Santos has almost everything he's ever wanted: a fulfilling career teaching middle school, a house in a city he loves, and parents who support him in every way. Too bad he can't seem to forget the ex-boyfriend who rejected his marriage proposal.

When a talk show host launches a dating contest to find Ryan a boyfriend and Jason accidentally wins, neither of them expect anything to come from it. Yet somewhere between a disastrous massage and a mud sinkhole, they both start to wonder if this date could be more than just a public relations stunt. But before they can move into the future, they'll both have to learn to let go of the past.

 This is my first time reading anything by J.E. Birk.  Unfortunately, I didn't end up loving this one as much as I had hoped. The idea of the story was really fun and I was excited, but I just couldn't get into this one. Their chemistry seemed really forced. One minute they were feeling super awkward about even speaking to one another and the next they are making out?? Then add in all of the ex-boyfriend drama on both sides and it just really didn't work for me. I think my biggest problem was that I didn't feel like I could connect to either of the characters. We learn about their pasts and their loves and dislikes, but we don't get to see much personality out of either of them. They seemed really flat.

(Sorry for the the super short and to the point review.  I'm having issues with my migraines again, so it's making it very difficult to form coherent thoughts.  I know it's a bit unprofessional so I apologize )

*I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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