Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield
How tangled can a romantic web get?
When gruff mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George seeks sponsorship for his latest expedition, his London PA insists on a more media-friendly profile—like dating celebrity supermodel Zeb Z.
Zeb can’t make the date, so he asks his identical twin, Aidan, to stand in for just one evening. Aidan, a struggling playwright, shuns the limelight to the extent people don’t even know Zeb has a sibling, but he reluctantly agrees.
When the deception has to continue beyond the first date, Aidan fights to keep up the pretense. Dominic likes his sassy, intelligent companion, and Aidan starts falling for the forthright explorer. But how long can Aidan’s conscience cope as confusion abounds? Will coming clean as “the other twin” destroy the trust they’ve built?
A highly enjoyable audiobook experience, this story was everything a romantic mix-up should be. It had the gruff, no-nonsense alpha male meeting the sweet, unassuming, shy man who happens to be stepping into a situation to cover for his twin brother. Of course, the men fall in love, and of course, there’s a misunderstanding after the assignment, and they think they’ll never see each other again.
When they do, the situation ultimately resolves itself but not without first a bit more confusion and the confrontation with the second twin present. Sound familiar? Naturally, since this is another trope-filled romance based on the old dime-store romances. But this one is done so well, and the romance is MM, my favorite kind. And the gruff mountain climber has a soft center, and the shy man isn’t so shy when it comes to fighting for what he believes in, and he’s not about to let his man go a second time.
Rusty Topsfield does a terrific job on the narration, so much so, that I found myself grabbing five-minute snippets here and there as I went about my day. It was too darn good to go more than an hour or so without listening.
The secondary characters were as well done as the main characters and the romance just right. An all-around satisfying experience.