The Swap

Author

Annabella Michaels

Publisher

Self-Published

Release Date

May 21st 2018

ISBN/ASIN

B07D71F8SC

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When their daughter goes off to college, Samuel and his wife Gayle begin to take stock of their lives. Realizing they’re best friends and not in love with one another, the two agree to an amicable split. Nervous about jumping back into the dating world, they accept a friend’s invitation to attend a swap party.
Tossing their keys into a bowl and leaving it up to fate to decide who they’re paired with is too tempting to resist. But when Samuel is faced with an audacious young man who strikes up a conversation, the attraction to men he’s kept buried for so long comes rushing back.

At twenty-two years old, Oliver Hughes is one of the most sought after male models in the world. Sassy and bold, with a penchant for wearing high heels and a touch of makeup, Oliver’s life is what he always dreamed it could be. Except for one thing…
Yearning to fall in love and settle down, Oliver’s grown bored of meaningless hookups with shallow, fame seeking guys. While attending a swap party, his last-ditch effort to find someone who doesn’t know who he is when they meet, Oliver finds himself drawn to a handsome, older man. One who’s endearingly unaware of his own appeal.
As their relationship grows, something sinister and dark threatens what they’ve managed to build. What will it take for Oliver and Samuel to survive, and is their happily ever after doomed from the start?

4.5

Amazing

Book Cover

  • Fits the story^

Engagement

  • Eagerly awaited after I put it down for a few hours

Likes

  • That this book contains relationships that end amicably
  • You can see that Samuel really loves his daughter, and that this family obviously loves each other*
  • Oliver and Cory's interactions; Cory isn't trying to get anything out of Oliver**
  • How you know that they're friends when Sam got Gale's wife a condom
  • That the detective is casually unprejudiced about an LGBT relationship
  • That Oliver stood up for himself when Cory was getting too controlling
  • That the men in this book aren't afraid to be people and show emotion
  • That the main characters didn't wind up with each other at the swap party; it was unexpected and helped the story develop more organically

Character Depth

  • Chest deep^^

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy

Grammar

  • No typos

Sex Scenes

  • Plasma hot
  • Decently sweet

Dislikes

  • People in this book take a shower without washcloths...how the hell do they exfoliate?!
  • We don't get enough of a glimpse into more of the daily stuff; it makes the development of the relationship seem shorter than it actually is
  • It's sad that Oliver went through so much crap that he probably can't trust anybody anymore

Emotional Depth

  • Weakly emotional

Content Warnings

  • Violence
  • Character death ([almost] major, minor, supporting, multiple, past and present)

^good layout, exposed abs, sigh
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^^I am rather surprised by the depth and suspense in this book
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*She’s gone off into the world, and that’s got to be hard if you’re really close. The relationship with his ex-wife doesn’t look like it was a ‘staying together for the kid’ kind of thing.
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**That unfortunately seems to be a rarity in the modeling industry

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