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Release Day Review: Better Than Bundle by Lane Hayes

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Release Day Review: Better Than Bundle by Lane Hayes

Book Info

Book Series
Better Than
Authors
About the Author
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It's no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist and her third in the Better Than Stories, Better Than Friends, received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel, in no particular order (on second thought, maybe wine first). She resides in Southern California with her amazing husband and a regal old yellow Lab in an almost empty nest. 


Publication Date
June 17, 2016
Pages
726
ISBN
13 978-1-63477-613-4
ASIN
B01GD4VBPO
Sometimes you have to seek something better than what you already have… In Better Than Good, Matt Sullivan never thought he’d have a need to question the labels he’s used all his life, until he meets Aaron Mendez, a man who doesn’t believe in labels. In Better Than Chance, Jay Reynolds is falling for his sexy boss Peter Morgan, but can Jay be happy with what Peter can offer? In Better Than Friends, Curt Townsend and Jack Farinelli develop an unexpected friendship based on their mutual love of baseball, but is that enough to become even closer? In Better Than Safe, Paul Fallon, a fashion advertising guru, deals with enough chaos in his working life; he doesn’t need more when he goes home at the end of the day. Quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years, Seth Landau challenges Paul’s ideas of safety and might just tempt him into taking a chance.

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1 reviews

Entertaining and enjoyable romance
(Updated: June 18, 2016)
Overall 
 
5.0

Better Than Good
5 Stars

Matt is in his last year of law school. He is tall, good looking and has a girlfriend, but when his openly gay roommate invites him out for a night of drinking, Matt comes across the most beautiful man he's ever seen. Aaron is an aspiring photographer. He and Matt dance, but go their separate ways at the end of the night. But after spending the week thinking of nothing but Aaron, Matt goes after what he wants. This was an amazing read. Matt and Aaron had an extraordinary chemistry. The slow burn romance pulls you in and holds you captive. I loved the way the author handled Matt coming to terms with his sexuality, it was done very well and this is probably one of the best GFY's I've ever read. This is a love story in the truest sense of the word. It's pretty low angst, sweet, romantic, funny and sexy. Both characters are lovable, and they just fit together so well. The book is well written, and flows well. 


Better Than Chance

4 Stars

If you've read book one, Better Than Good, you'll know how this story ends. Jay and Peter are an established couple in Better Than Good, so Lane takes us back to the beginning to tell us how Jay and Peter came to be. 

This too is a slow burn romance, that starts as enemies, moves on to friends with benefits and ultimately leads to the HEA we all know is coming. While this book was well written and enjoyable, I didn't feel the connection and chemistry between Jay and Peter, like I did with Matt and Aaron. Some characters you just don't feel it, even when other readers who've read the same books you did, do feel that elusive chemistry.

Still, this was an enjoyable and entertaining read.  

Better Than Friends

5 Stars

We all know and remember Curt, who is Matt's best friend and was his college roommate and also the openly gay friend that dragged Matt out to the club/bar where he met Aaron. Curt meets the older bad boy, Jack at Peter and Jay's wedding. They share a heated make out session. This continues on for months after, while they spend time watching games and getting to know each other, before moving to smoking hot sex. I loved these men. They have so much in common, yet were different enough to keep the relationship interesting. They fit so well together, and the chemistry was electric. The book is well written, and flows well. 

Very enjoyable read. 

Better Than Safe

5 Stars

While I have loved most of the characters throughout this series, I have to say, in this book I found the character I loved the most and also the one I disliked the most. I loved Seth. I know he is flighty and flaky, but I was drawn to him. I really wanted the story to be told from his POV. I didn't really care for Paul. I found he was a prim, proper and a British snob. Too uptight, but I guess Seth is so Rock~N~Roll, artsy and crass, they seemed to find a balance that worked. 

Although I didn't like Paul throughout most of the story, both men had interesting and intriguing backstories. Both men are slightly broken and damaged in different ways and they grow throughout the book. They find a way to help each other trust, heal and fall in love. This was a well written, and well paced book filled with laughter, beauty, sweetness and steamy sex. 


The bundle as a whole was amazing, and if you haven't read any of these books, you should get your finger on the one-click button right now! 

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