Himbro by Honey London

Jesse would do anything for his stepbrother, even pretend to be his boyfriend at a destination wedding. While trying to keep up their fake relationship, Devon finds he loves Jesse more than just a brother. Will always being there for Devon turn into a happily ever after for them both?

From the blurb for Himbro:

Devon got dumped.

My tragic taste in men has left me in the lurch… again. This time it’s the day before I’m supposed to leave for a destination wedding. When my ridiculously hot older stepbrother volunteers to be my travel buddy, I’m ready for five days of brotherly fun in the sun. What I’m not prepared for? My very straight stepbrother introducing himself as my boyfriend to shut up my manipulative, evil ex.

Jesse saves the day.

I’ve spent my entire life protecting my nerdy little stepbrother. If spending a few days holding his hand and calling him baby is going to help him stand up for himself, I’m ready to give an Oscar-worthy performance in my role of fake boyfriend. What I’m not prepared for? A game of spin the bottle that changes everything.

Himbro is a steamy stepbrothers to lovers, jock and nerd, opposites attract, fake relationship, forbidden romance novel with a sweet happy ever after.

SNik's Review:

Standalone. Stepbrothers. Opposites attract. Fake boyfriends. Slow burn. Quick read. Dual POV. 

Devon gets dumped right before he’s supposed to go to his best friend’s wedding in Hawaii, and he desperately wants to avoid his ex-boyfriend while there. Jesse would do anything for his stepbrother Devon, he has been looking after him all their lives, and now he’s accidentally pretended to be Devon’s boyfriend. Jesse loves Devon with everything in him, there is no doubt he would do anything for him, so when Devon confesses that he may be in love with Jesse, it is easy for Jesse to be with Devon in a more intimate way he never expected. 

Devon and Jesse have a special relationship even though they are opposites in many ways, they appreciate and cherish each other for their individual personalities. They only see the positives in each other, both are good, likable guys, and it is easy to see them moving their lifelong closeness to something more intimate. 

Enough steam near the end so you know it’s a Honey London book, and the sweetest HEA. Could have read a longer version of this story for sure.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"You deserve to be with someone who adores you, who makes you feel like you've been struck by lightning."

This is my first book by author Honey London and I still can't get over how sweet it was! I was all prepared for this angsty forbidden stepbrother romance so color me surprised when it turns out I was way off the money. Jesse and Devon were just too cute together. and HOT, but more on that later. First things first, if you're waffling on the fact that this is a stepbrother romance be warned that this is not shied away from at all. In fact, Jesse even calls Devon baby brother during the few times they are in flagrante. You picking up what I'm throwing down? Smoking what I'm growing? Good.

"My brother's smile was my favorite fucking weakness."

I absolutely loved how close these two were. Jesse is this fun loving himbo gym bro who seems to wear crocs wherever he goes, while Devon is a twinkie nerd who needs reminders to have fun once in a while. Complete opposites really, but there isn't anything one wouldn't do for the other. That includes Jesse pretending to be Devon's boyfriend at a destination wedding in order to keep his slimy ex off Devon's back. Of course we know how this trope always turns out, but it almost seemed inevitable regardless. Jesse is the person who's always been there for Devon. The man who's never let him down. He holds him when he's upset. It breaks his heart to see Devon cry over all these idiot men who don't deserve him.

"There were about a billion people who'd be a better match for Devon than I ever would. People who were smarter than I was, who had more potential than I did, who would be just as successful as my amazing brother.

But not a single fucking one of them would ever love him more than I did."

This story may have been a bit of a slow burn, but once the steam started it was damn good. Jesse has a dirty dirty mouth. And Devon isn't as innocent as he appears. The ending is lovely and happy just like the majority of the book. I'll be keeping an eye out on future books from this new to me author.

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

I'm loving that we get to start this new series off with a familiar face!  Clark is an intriguing character and is just what Hunter needs!   I also love that Clark's grandma is an active force in the story as well as meeting Hunter's somewhat formidable mother.  Toby, Hunter's son is equally adorable and steals several scenes.  

This book features Hunter's sexual awakening, Clark's acceptance that he's worthy and the sweet and spicy story that we've come to expect from DJ Jamison.  You don't need to have read the Games We Play series to start Rules We Break, but it was a fabulous series and I recommend starting with it to meet some of the side-character couples - especially Kevin from Seven Minutes in Kevin who is Hunter's brother.

Rating: 4 Stars

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