Borrowing Blue was written by Lucy Lennox. It’s the first book in her Made Marian series of contemporary m/m romance novels. I picked up the Audible edition of this book as part of a sale, and I don’t and I actually listened to it a while ago, but I am way behind with my reviews, so I am just getting around to it now.
Blue is at a vineyard for his sister’s wedding when he sees his ex-boyfriend walk into the room with his new boyfriend- but wait- the boyfriend is wearing a ring. Given that Blue and his ex broke up only about six months ago after dating for several years, this is utterly mortifying for Blue. Luckily, the guy sitting next to him is more than happy to share a kiss so that the dreadful ex won’t realize how sad and alone Blue really is.
Well, the kiss leads to a hookup- and then Blue is horrified to discover that his mystery gentleman is the brother of the groom. Tristan and Blue agree that they share a connection, and they agree to pretend to be a couple for the duration of the wedding week. Is this just a fling or is there any possibility of a future together?
I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance, but the synopsis sounded cute, so I went for it. I’m glad I did because this book is absolutely adorable. The story unfolds via alternating first person perspectives, and there is definitely a case of insta-love (or perhaps lust) but it works well and comes off as more organic than other books with the trope. Blue and Tristan have great chemistry, and the plot is bolstered by some hilarious secondary characters like the grannies! There is a perfect amount of melodrama amidst the cute stuff, and it helps to keep the plot moving.
I would recommend Borrowing Blue to fans of m/m romance. I especially enjoyed listening to the Audible edition; narrator Michael Pauley does a wonderful job with giving each hero a unique voice for the alternating viewpoints. This is my first exposure to Lennox’s books, and I am definitely going to seek out the rest of the series. I’m looking forward to finding out what’s going to happen with Blue’s siblings in the rest of the Made Marian books!