Sunday, November 17, 2013

How I Met Your Father by L. B. Gregg

I received a copy of How I Met Your Father through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I have to say that this book was hilariously enjoyable!   Here's the Goodreads blurb and the cover:

The man of your dreams could be sitting right next to you.

Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn’t looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can’t dodge the “best man” bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?

Jack Bassinger’s own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter’s hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous—and extremely attractive—young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all.

Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there’s no place like home.

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit

This was such a fun read!  I felt like Justin was a really interesting character who has led a pretty crazy life.  He then finds love in the most unexpected way!  Justin's friends are all the kind of guys you would think would be in a boy band: the quiet one, the cute one, the edgy one, the jock.  Reading their interplay brought me back to my teen years in the late 90's when you could not escape from the constant barrage of boy bands.  I loved that Justin had to move through his own journey in this short story- he has to come to terms with being out (very out).  My main complaint about this story is that there is just not enough of it.  I wanted more depth and more story.  I wanted to see so much more.  I really hope that the author revisits this story in the future.  I also love that the purchase of this one will be helping the Forney Center.  I believe in their work and the positive change that it makes in the lives of youth.

You can click here to find How I Met Your Father on Goodreads and here to find it on Amazon.  You can find out more about L. B. Gregg on the author's website.  I give this one 3 Fairies for a great story that could have used some more development.

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