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December 20, 2020

[Review] Companion Required by Brian Lancaster

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Companion Required

Author : Brian Lancaster

Number of pages : 295

Publication date : November 17th 2020

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Publisher : Pride Publishing 

Successful CEO Kennedy Grey thought he had his life planned out nicely until he hires supposedly straight Kieran West as this year's vacation companion.

For the past five years, CEO Kennedy Grey has advertised for a gay male holiday companion to join him on his annual vacation. Although Kennedy claims to be neutral in his choice, he has certain non-negotiable requirements. Applicants must be between 21 and 25, non-smoking, social drinkers, either versatile or passive, and be able to pull off the role of dutiful boyfriend in front of his clutch of gay friends. What does the candidate get out of the deal? An all-expenses-paid vacation and five grand in cash at the end of the vacation—more if the candidate exceeds his expectations—a safe enough addendum because for the past three years no none ever has.

Kieran West sits in a quiet corner of the coffee shop, trying to finish an assignment. At 29, he is single once again. By now he should have settled down. But when his girlfriend of three years gives him an ultimatum – ring or road – he chooses the road. Worst of all, he had no qualms about doing so. As for his finances? Saddled with a string of outstanding student loans, he is struggling to finish his masters while also supporting his brother through college. Losing his work at the estate agent could not have come at a worse time. And then he overhears the man at a nearby table recruiting for a job that pays a cool five grand. What does he have to lose?

My Review
The synopsis of this title was in my inbox. This is how I discovered it and wanted to read it.
I'm a fan of MM romance and well-constructed, no-rush stories. In this book, I have everything I ask for.
The characters are well constructed, we discover their pasts, how they arrived at this precise moment and not just two sentences. The relationship grows slowly. Awareness too. I enjoyed seeing this development.
We are entitled to the point of views of Kennedy and Kieran. It allows us to see the thought flow of both.
The author's pen is fluid and I had no difficulty in understanding (French girl remember).
Rating : 4,5/5


I would like to thanks Brian Lancaster and Hidden Gems Books for the ARC.



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