Review: Tara Lain – Taylor Maid

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Author: Tara Lain
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary: He’ll marry the maid to get $50 million but a secret could queer the deal.

Taylor Fitzgerald needs a last-minute bride.

On the eve of his twenty-fifth birthday, the billionaire’s son discovers that despite being gay, he must marry a woman before midnight or lose a fifty-million-dollar inheritance. So he hightails it to Las Vegas… where he meets the beautiful maid Ally May.

There’s just one rather significant problem: Ally is actually Alessandro Macias, son of a tough Brazilian hotel magnate. But if Ally keeps pretending to be a girl for a little while longer, is there a chance they might discover this marriage is tailor-made?

Review: I’ve met Tara Lain a few times and the one thing I am coming to understand is that she creates stories with men who may be big, handsome, and successful, but they usually have a sweet inner core and define the phrase “good guy” most of the time. I’m starting to think it’s likely because she herself is so sweet-natured that the quality just shines through.

And that’s certainly the case here. So this is a story of how a good guy accidentally got the man of his dreams.

Taylor Fitzgerald of the Fitzgerald real estate management empire, finds out that the fifty million dollars he’s due to inherit on his twenty-fifth birthday has a tiny caveat: he must be married to collect it. And the problem is that his birthday is the next day. With not a lot of time, and after wasting a little of it in panic mode, he decides to head for Las Vegas, hire an escort, and convince her to marry him for at least a year. His plan seems solid until the escort he’s booked is in an accident on the way to meet him.

Despairing, he’s getting ready to give up and leave when he strikes up a conversation with a beautiful maid who he’s heard singing in a rich contralto voice. It doesn’t immediately occur to him that, since she’s a female, she may be interested in marrying him, but when it does, and he asks her, she initially turns him down.

Ally May is really Alessandro Macias, son of a hot-tempered Brazilian millionaire hotel developer who happens to be looking for Ally to ship him home to marry a woman he’s chosen for his son. So after thinking about Taylor’s offer and realizing it could be the answer to his efforts to hide from his father, he decides to say yes. Once they seal the deal with a nice dinner and a stop at a jewelry store, the two head off to be married.

Of course, it’s not simple. Taylor’s father wants the fifty million for himself. Ally’s father’s goons are still hunting him down. Taylor’s father’s lawyer is putting pressure on him to reneg on the offer because he doesn’t believe it fits the terms of the will, which call for a love match and happy marriage. And for a little while, although the two strike it off well, and Taylor is questioning why this woman turns him on and concludes he may be “bi for Ally,” Taylor has no inkling that Ally is a man. Readers will enjoy what happens when he finds out.

This story is sweet and humorous, following the time-honored trope that Pretty Woman was famous for. A light-hearted romance, with lots of androgyny, some pretty lingerie, and two very sexy men, this one will warm your heart on a cold winter’s day. If you are a fan of cross-dressing as I am, or if you just like a sweet MM romance to lift your spirits, consider this the book for you.

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