Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Contemporary
Summary: 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?
Review: While I definitely had to suspend belief for parts of this story, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I absolutely loved the personality of Dominic Hartington-George because he is just so grumpy and awkward. He doesn’t really mean to be but the outdoors and the mountains are where he feels the most comfortable. So the fact that he needs to raise funds for his next expedition is daunting, but the fact that he has to be public about it is downright aggravating for him. He just wants to climb!
Add in the fact that the supermodel he is supposed to be dating, the famous Zeb Z, has plans that don’t allow him to fulfill the contract. Luckily, he has an unknown to the public twin, the playwright, Aidan, who happens to both need the money and be incapable of saying no to his twin.
And so begins the faux-dating of H-G and Zeb Z, errr, Aidan. Just one time, one dinner, H-G gets publicity, Aidan gets the fee, Zeb gets a free pass. Except of course things are never that easy. When Aidan and Dom go to a premier and dinner, things seem like that are looking up. Dom finds he has been harboring stereotypes of what a supermodel should be and Aidan is intrigued and interested by the mountain man. Until the press interrupts rudely and Aidan has sort of a meltdown and takes off.
They end up looking for each other to apologize and agree to go on from there. Despite the fact that Aidan isn’t who Dom thinks he is, there is very little angst to the story. It’s pretty fluffy and problem free. I liked the interactions between Dom and nearly everyone but particularly between he and Aidan and he and Zeb. He may be gruff but he treats people as equals. “At least until they prove themselves to be complete morons.” Bravo, Dom!
This is sweet and cute, sort of like Dom and Aidan themselves. And the photo shoot? Score!