This was not bad, but I couldn’t stop drawing comparisons to another brother swap romance (Stealing Her), and it fell short in every way. Does our heroine really not wonder why her boyfriend has suddenly gotten a new personality, wardrobe, and work schedule? Does our hero really not feel bad about stringing this woman along or making moves on his brother’s girlfriend? Does he feel zero jealousy or concern about the fact that she wasn’t his first? Does he wonder how far his brother went with her? These are all essential components of a successful twin swap romance – yes, that’s really a thing – and this was definitely lacking. It’s actually got almost no angst, and the tone stays sweet yet sexy throughout. If the deception hadn’t gone on for so long, I might’ve considered a 4-star rating, but that was the final straw for me.
The story follows Mason, a rancher in need of money. Mason is about to lose his home and his livelihood, so when his twin brother strong-arms him into a business transaction, Mason is left with no choice but to agree. It seems simple enough – pretend to be his brother for three weeks and break up with his girlfriend while he’s at it – but things get complicated once Mason meets the woman. Kyla is nothing like Mason expected, and chemistry sizzles between them almost immediately. So what’s the harm in staying together a little longer? As long as Mason keeps his hands to himself, hanging out with Kyla for a few weeks should make the next few weeks easier… or so he thinks.
I actually love a good twin swap romance; it’s a trope that’s like catnip to me. They typically have some great sexual tension, are usually slow burns, and the relationship is generally developed well enough that it can withstand the fallout. So I was really looking forward to this, and that might be why I’m left feeling so disappointed. I lost some respect for Kyla when her boyfriend went from an aloof businessman she barely sees (and has only kissed a few times) to a “Cowboy” who can’t seem to get enough time with her… and she doesn’t get suspicious. Mason doesn’t even attempt to blend in, and while I like that Kyla fell for the real him, there should’ve been a transition period. As for Mason, his guilt and reluctance didn’t surface very often, nor did they stop him from stringing Kyla along. It felt pretty icky to me. Overall, it’s a cute, low angst romance, and there are some things that I really enjoyed, but there were a lot of plot holes that took away from the story. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light romance.
I’m in trouble.
On the brink of losing everything I’ve worked for, I have a choice to make. Sit back and watch it all evaporate before my eyes, or accept a deal with the devil himself, my identical twin brother, Matthew.
He has agreed to fund my floundering cattle ranch if I do three things:
1.Oversee the redecorating of his apartment in the famed Bachelor Tower in Boston.
2.Make sure his latest business deal proceeds without a hitch.
3.Break up with his girlfriend, Kyla.
Seems easy enough, right?
Pretending to be my brother is hard enough, but tossing in an instant attraction to my brother’s girlfriend adds an extra layer of complication I wasn’t prepared for. All I have to do is get through three weeks portraying my brother, and I’m home free.
Shouldn’t be too hard, as long as I can keep my heart out of the deal.
*Bachelor Swap is a sexy contemporary romance addition to Ruth Cardello’s Bachelor Tower World.
About the Author:
Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.
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