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Review: The Devil Wears Pink – Matthew Dante

The Devil Wears Pink - Matthew Dante

Genre: Comedy, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Austin Dean

Men are idiots! Give them even the slightest hint that you will sleep with them, and their brains turn to mush! I use men to get what I want, and why shouldn’t I? I’m 23, charming and have a smoking hot body. It’s not that hard to get a guy hooked. I give them a taste of the fantasy they’re craving, and they give me what I want. It’s a win-win. That is until I met…. him.

William Bolton

I’m 40, single, and apparently a workaholic. I decided to take this cruise to prove to everyone that I can relax and have a good time. That is until I spot him… the Boy in the Pink Speedo. He’s gorgeous and sweet and, for some reason… is talking to me. I think I might actually have a shot with this guy! That is until I see him pulling the exact same scam on another poor bloke the very next night! Who does this guy think he is?

It’s time to turn the tables and teach this boy a lesson! Men’s hearts are not for stomping on.

The Review

William Bolton is in his forties, has a dad bod, is a workaholic, and stays to himself. He socializes, but only for the required amount of time to spend with friends and family. He really loves his job in mergers and acquisitions, but he needs a break, and decides to take a cruise.

Austin Dean is twenty-three, just broke up with his so-called boyfriend, and has no home. He’s in the mood for revenge, and is determined to make up for lost time on board a cruise ship. He makes himself very noticeable, wearing a pink speedo that catches everyone’s eye.

William just wants to try and find someone that he can enjoy his time with. He doesn’t play games. One night, alone at dinner, he meets Austin and he thinks Austin could be the one. But after that night, Austin ghosts him, although William still sees him on board the ship playing up to anyone who will give him attention.

Alone at dinner one night he hears a voice at another table, running the same spiel. Of course, it’s Austin. William is upset to hear Austin running the same scam on someone else. He decides to get a little bit of revenge himself.

And so the battle of pranks begins!! Will William and Austin cross a line and take it too far? Or is it just for fun?

It’s an interesting look at just how far pranks can be taken before feelings get hurt. I don’t want to make this too serious, but I understand why Austin was doing what he did. The battle is a challenge to both men, and they really give it their all to outdo each other.

Dante has written a fun, humorous tale of enemies-to-lovers about two very different men. I enjoyed this comedic story and its creative pranks. And just when you think the battle is over, Dante pranks the reader again, and again.

The Devil Wears Pink is a delicious romp on the high seas, filled with snarky banter and silly pranks, and not to be taken too seriously.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California. Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018. My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen. New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012. She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series. Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book!

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing. I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews. One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group. Joining her site was such an eye opener. I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.

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