[REVIEW] IRL: In Real Life (After Oscar #1) by Lucy Lennox and Molly Maddox

Hello, lovelies! 🌵🌱 I’m back with another male romance book review. You will say, ‘holy mother she only reads male romance books’ but no, actually, this genre is what I’ve been in the mood for. They are always fun to read, lovely romances, sexy sex (😚), and light angst.

I love Lucy Lennox, I’ve read her Made Marian series and her Forever Wilde series both of which I absolutely loved. When I saw she had a new book I was so happy, I’ve been waiting for an update in her Forever Wilde series and was extremely satisfied to see at least something new from her.

Synopsis from Goodreads

It starts with a drunken text pic. The kind I would normally never send. Only, instead of it going to the flirty hotel bartender, it goes to some random stranger who actually responds.

I tell myself an unexpected night of hot as hell back-and-forth is the perfect way to blow off a little steam while I’m in New York closing an important business deal. Little do I know the man on the other end of the line is none other than Wells Grange: the most controlling, egotistical, emotionless SOB I’ve ever met.

I spend my days squaring off against Wells in the boardroom, and my nights succumbing to the sexy stranger’s commanding texts in the bedroom. Within days, I’m falling for someone I shouldn’t, and I have to remind myself that none of this is real.

The first thing I notice about Conor Newell when he sits down in my high-rise conference room is how delightfully nervous he is. Then I see his tie. The same geeky tie that’s held hostage on my phone. The one that belongs to my anonymous late-night texter. And it changes everything.

I should confess. Tell the truth about who I am. Instead, I decide there’s no harm in flirting. After all, once our business is concluded, he’ll be out of my life for good.

The more I get to know Conor, however, the more I start to fall for him. Which is a problem, because I made a vow long ago to never let emotions interfere with my life, either business or personal. Except I can’t stop thinking about him night and day. If it’s only in my head, though, it doesn’t count.

After all, it’s not like we’re falling for each other in real life…

Let me tell you all, IRL: In Real Life did not lack anything. It was funny, romantic, and extremely hot in all sense.

isn’t the cover just DIVINE! shame the light is so strong you can really appreciate the beauty 😁

What I loved:

  • The romance was so sweet (cough/ and hot). It was funny, full of misunderstanding (which hello drama, I loved) and support.
  • Even if there was angst, it wasn’t the type that makes you want to shake the characters and slap them on the face because you think the drama is bullshit. No, this drama was understandable, especially coming from a character with such a sweet and shy disposition such as Conor. He’s not completely experienced in the field of love and is a non-conflicting person who prefers to hide instead of coming onto someone’s face.
  • Conor is shy, a TOTAL NERD, super dorky and wears a funny tie from Doctor Who to his first meeting with Wells.
  • Wells is gorgeous, moody, powerful, rude but respects people – to a degree if they deserve it.
  • Wells is also controlling, demanding – especially in bed where he’s a demanding ass.
  • Deb is such a great character, sassy, funny, and smart. She is also not afraid of Wells’ and is ready to put him in place even if he’s her boss.
  • I love there is no female getting in their way, there is a healthy friendship between males and females even between males without romance.
  • I love Conor’s relationship with his mother, he loves her and supports her to the point that he would put his business on the line for her.
  • James was so cool! I wish they write a book about him because his boyfriend Richard sounds like an absolute nightmare and I want him to have a happy ever after. His support for Conor was adorable and amazing!
  • Conor was an absolutely DORK. His way of speaking and rambling in front of Wells was so funny. He was such a spazz throughout the book.

“I have a … thing. To do. A person.” James’s eyebrows shot up and I realized what I’d said. “Not like that,” I scrambled to correct myself. “Not a person to do. I mean at least not the way you’re thinking.” My cheeks were blazing. “It’s more of a -“

chapter nine
  • Their relationship was sexy, funny, and full of confusion that could have been solved easily but when it happened it wasn’t overly dramatic or full of angst. It was also charming, you could tell Wells was not a people-person and didn’t know how to treat others but with Conor, he was softer and hilarious.

He was so earnest and sweet. Part of me wanted to wreck him, but part of me wanted to wrap the kid up in a cashmere blanket and set him in front of a warm fire.

chapter eight
  • The book had a bit of a BDSM situation going on. Not in the sense of ‘slave’ per se, but Conor was definitively a submissive in all aspects. He was soft and obedient even during sex -, especially during sex.
  • The phone texts were very hot, and the sex scenes were very well written and equally hot. I was blushing throughout the whole thing.

I’d never sent a dick pic before.

chapter one
  • The book was charming, packed with hilarious interactions, and a slow burn in the get to know each other in the real-life department.
  • The letters when Wells try to win Conor was so sweet, loved the old-school romancing.

I really enjoyed this beauty, if you’re looking for something fun and sexy this is right up your alley.

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