Life of Bliss by Erin McLellan
Love Life #2
LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Todd McGower and Victor Consuelos might bicker and fight in public but in private their frenemies-with-benefits relationship is all heat and fireworks. Ever since Todd broke up with his last boyfriend he’s been a slump but fighting with Victor energizes him in ways he never expected. When Victor invites him to a wedding as his fake boyfriend, Todd jumps right in; but he never expected to wake up hungover and married! Victor has crushed on Todd for months and all he wants is to have Todd for real but he’ll take what he can get. After their drunken mistake, Victor sees a chance to finally make Todd fall in love with him and he proposes they try out marriage for a month.
Life of Bliss is a trope-y love fest filled with enemies to lovers, fake dating, drunken marriages, secret relationships, and a fling. At first, I worried it would all be too much but Erin McLellan does a wonderful job weaving all the parts together. I was quickly sucked into the story and fell in love with both characters, especially Victor. He was confident in all parts of his life except when it came to Todd and then he just let their chemistry take over. And boy were these two on fire together! Initially, sex is all they have between them but as they spend more time getting to know each other they realize how much they love spending time together.
“He loved Todd. Like full-blown, glitter-in-his-brain, hearts-in-his-eyes, bleed-for-him love. It sucked.”
I do wish that Victor had shared his feelings with Todd sooner because most of their problems stemmed from a lack of communication. As far as Todd was concerned, they were just having fun and if they were serious then Todd knows he would have to give up a lot to move to Oklahoma City to be with Victor. This, of course, puts Todd into a tailspin which results in him accidentally hurting Victor when he can’t express how he really feels. Todd clearly struggles with his worry over making the wrong decision so instead, he makes no decisions. This was definitely frustrating as the book went on because I wanted them to be happy! But it’s not all on Todd, because Victor is so worried about losing Todd that he avoids talking about their future. While all that’s going on though, Todd and Victor start to fall in love and they were so cute together. I especially loved their sticky notes to each other, it was so adorable!
I also really enjoyed Victor’s family, they were so much fun, and how they welcome Todd at the wedding was so sweet. Todd’s relationship with his parents is rough so he likes the support he finds in the Consuelos family. I would have gladly had more of them in the book! I also about died after reading the epilogue, it was so sweet and the perfect ending to the story.
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
4 out of 5 stars
Nobody plans to accidentally marry their frenemy with benefits.
Todd McGower and Victor Consuelos do not like each other. They can’t have a conversation without insults flying, and Victor seems to get off on pushing Todd’s buttons. The fact that their antagonism always leads to explosive sex . . . well, that’s their little secret.
Victor has a secret of his own. His full-blown crush on Todd is ruining his sex life. He hasn’t looked at anyone else in months, and he’s too hung up on Todd to find a date to his cousin’s wedding.
In a moment of weakness after a heart-stopping night together, Todd agrees to be Victor’s fake boyfriend for the wedding. Victor will have his plus-one—which will get his family off his back—and Todd will get a free mini-vacation. It’s a win-win.
But pretending to be fake boyfriends leads to real intimacy, which leads to too much wine, and suddenly, Todd and Victor wake up with wedding bands and a marriage license between them. That was not their plan, but a summer of wedded bliss might just change their minds.
Published by Erin McLellan on April 30, 2018
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