The Step Bro Situation (The Situationship Series Book 1) by Jesse H. Reign

I went into The Step Bro Situation expecting a completely different book than what I got. I thought this was going to be this forbidden, steamy, angst-filled stepbrother romance. And while it was steamy, it was also such a surprising, yet refreshing fresh take on the trope.

From the blurb:

It’s official, my step bro is the biggest himbo ever to himbo.

He’s a massive blond beefcake with a soft heart and an over-eager smile. The mere sight of him incites a shaking hot rage in me.

He’s everywhere. He’s around me all the time. So sweet and gentle it makes me feel wild. I see him and smell him everywhere. And when I can’t see him or smell him, I hear him. The wall between our bedrooms is paper thin. I can’t help it - I hear what he does in his room when he thinks he’s alone. I hear everything.

I know I shouldn’t do it. It’s obviously a terrible, terrible idea. Still, I bide my time. I wait, and I wait, and finally, I pounce.

“Luke! I know what you’re doing in there.”

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Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"What the hell were they thinking, putting us out here alone in the guest house? I mean, have they seen Luke? He looks like he was built for the sole purpose of getting guys to start questioning their sexuality."

Man do I adore a good himbo romance. And Luke is most definitely a freaking himbo and a loveable one at that. You can't help liking him because the guy is just so freaking nice. He radiates happiness and contentment. He speaks his mind and rarely gets embarrassed even when he totally should. He's a dance like no one is watching kind of person, whether someone's watching or not. Honestly, I WISH I could be more like him in a way. It must be so freeing to just do what feels right to you in the moment and not have a single worry about how it's all going to turn out. To just believe in being exactly who you are and see the world through hope colored glasses.

I don't think Luke has a single cynical bone in his body, which is likely a good thing because Jessie oozes it. He's the exact opposite of Luke in that he's a total pessimist. Why wouldn't he be? He's spent most of his life manipulated by his mother to the point that he's avoided his father for years for her benefit. He's deluded himself into making her a martyr and his father the bad guy when he is anything but. To be completely honest, if anyone deserves the award for father of the year it would be his. Reign had it right when she mentions the cringe-worthiness of Jessie's father and stepmother in the warnings. I went into this thinking I was going to cringe in horror because of how terrible they were. But it was worse. MUCH worse. I cringed in horror because of how outright embarrassing these people are. Luke included. This family is so freaking picture perfect it was downright scary. And I was right there with Jessie feeling that second-hand embarrassment at their antics.

"Watching him dance, seeing his face ruddy and shining like the big, dumb, beefcake he is, fills me with such profound second-hand embarrassment I feel it throughout my body. It's hot and unpleasant. I feel the color rising from my neck to my face. It's a live, visceral thing."

It might be tough to think how Jessie can go from that, to falling head over heels for his beefcake of a stepbro. He fights it. Oh he fights it tooth and nail, but in the end Luke's just too much a temptation. Who wouldn't want their own personal sunlight in their corner? Someone who you know without fail will always be happy to see you. Will always listen when you talk and hear what you want to say. Someone who is quick to reassure you that everything will always be alright, even when you're sure it wont. It was inevitable. No one can resist that. It's made all the more sweeter too because Luke ends up being exactly what a grump like Jessie needs in his life. The person to finally show him what good feels like.

Rating: 5 Stars

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