Saturday, December 21, 2019

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Duped by Declan Rhodes

Matchmakers Book 3
by Declan Rhodes

Finn Weston charms millions of TV viewers each week, and Alex Ramsey rises to the challenge of saving a tiny endangered wolf pup's life. Unfortunately, when closeted Finn finds his perfect man in Alex, they both struggle with how to keep the relationship's rough waters from tearing them apart.

Finn is an accidental TV action star. After an astonishing rise to the top, he has everything, except a partner who knows the real Finn and not only his onscreen alter ego. Finn wants his first man, and he wants a perfect one, handsome, intelligent, and sexy, who's also culturally out of touch. The Match Made matchmaking service has found him.

Alex is a zookeeper fleeing liars and cheats to take refuge in the guileless lives of animals. He doesn't have much free time, but what there is he spends alone curled up in a classic TV comfort zone. At first, his self-inflicted solo existence is a relief, but it quickly evolves into empty feelings that Alex wants to shake.

Pairing Finn with Alex, the Match Made computer hit the bullseye. They are entranced with each other. Unfortunately, Finn keeps his TV secret too long, and a family of endangered red wolves fills almost all of Alex's time. The relationship's road turns bumpy, and the light at the end of the tunnel dims. Can friends, fans, and co-workers steer shining star Finn and heroic Alex to calmer waters before stormy weather tears them apart for good?

Duped is a 53,000-word gay romance with first time, coming out, and celebrity themes. It's the third book in the Matchmakers series. It can be read as a standalone story, but it's much better read with the previous two novels. Some characters carry over from book to book.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

For this third book in the Matchmakers series, the Match Made computer has paired Finn and Alex, and I have to say I think this may be my favorite couple so far. Of course, every time I say that Declan Rhodes proves me wrong with another fabulous couple to love. Nevertheless, Finn and Alex are absolutely adorable together. The story is pretty lighthearted overall, although we do get a wee bit of angst as this pair works through a few things. Both characters are as likable as it gets, and they just fit. The story is engaging, the characters practically leap off the page, and the romance is equal parts sweet and sexy. You simply can not read Duped without falling for both of these guys, hook, line, and sinker, and rooting for this relationship is just a given with the chemistry between them. We also get to visit with the faces behind the Match Made computer, and we get Daniel's backstory, including what led him to start a dating service. All in all, Duped is another super fun read in the Matchmakers series, and I can't wait to see what's next. This is part of a series, but it stands on its own just fine, although, I would recommend reading from the beginning because you don't want to miss any of terrific couples paired by Match Made.

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