Title: The Swap
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer~ Simply Defined Art
Length: 64k words
Reviewed by Meredith
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?
I'm a fan of Annabella Michaels. I've read all her books and each is unique and always gives me perfect closure and happiness. There's a signature an author puts on a book that makes it their own and Annabella does that.
The Swap is different from any of her other books in my honest opinion. There's mystery, suspense, romance, and humor. It's a great balance and it's all the qualities I look for in any book.
Oliver and Samuel are absolutely adorable and every time they were on page together I simply melted. I adored the ensemble in this book and the amazing support Oliver and Samuel had throughout.
But, within this gorgeous romance is a sinister darkness, one that for a lot of this book simply floats there. It pokes at you in a few spots and then bam, it's in your face and you're dealing with it. It was that moment I admittedly gasped and was so pleasantly surprised how Annabella Michaels was able to keep me on my toes.
I love when an author surprises me in the most delicious way and I love when I walk away from a book thinking they really did it perfectly.
I very much recommend this book to the romance lovers but also to those who like a little mystery suspense to their stories.
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