Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Romancing the Wrong Twin
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires (book #21)
AUTHOR: Clare London
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2016
How tangled can a romantic web get?
When gruff mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George seeks sponsorship for his latest expedition, his London PA insists on a more media-friendly profile—like dating celebrity supermodel Zeb Z.
Zeb can’t make the date, so he asks his identical twin, Aidan, to stand in for just one evening. Aidan, a struggling playwright, shuns the limelight to the extent people don’t even know Zeb has a sibling, but he reluctantly agrees.
When the deception has to continue beyond the first date, Aidan fights to keep up the pretense. Dominic likes his sassy, intelligent companion, and Aidan starts falling for the forthright explorer. But how long can Aidan’s conscience cope as confusion abounds? Will coming clean as “the other twin” destroy the trust they’ve built?
This was a new-to-me author and I’m not entirely sure we made a connection. The story had some cute parts but overall didn’t really grab me.
Aiden is a playwright and director of the small plays he writes and produces. He is more comfortable as a “behind the scene” kind of guy. Zeb Z, his twin, is the polar opposite. He is an extremely charismatic, popular and well known fashion model and playboy in London. When Zeb gets into a bind, needing to be in two different places at the same time, he calls on his reluctant twin, who doesn’t seem to be able to say no to his brother. But Aiden playing Zeb is a huge challenge for the naturally more reserved and quieter brother. And the financial boost to his very lacking funds is a huge plus. What Aiden doesn’t expect is to not only have to keep his charade going but to start falling for his “date”, the gruff famous mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George. This is the story of how two seemingly opposite men are arranged by their agents/personal assistants to be seen around the London Social circles to help secure funds for Dom’s next climb.
I don’t know what is was but I never really clicked with these men. Somehow, even though they were personable, they never really grabbed hold of me and made me truly start rooting for their relationship to bloom and grow. Probably because I didn’t like the aspect of Aiden never coming clean to Don after they moved to the next level. It felt a bit like fraud. Especially when Aiden could have put Zeb’s career at risk with the photo shoot. I also had a really hard time believing that both these brothers worked in the same town, were twins that could slip into the other’s identity, and no one ever knew about Aiden. Especially when he was going to London playhouses looking for support for his plays. No one ever recognized him, including his friends, seemed a bit far fetched. They had even lived together in the past.
It’s not that the book is poorly written or a bad book but just that I don’t think that I was okay with the continued deception. If you could get past that then this might be the book for you but, unfortunately, it just wasn’t a book for me. Also, it was a bit unrealistic and unbelievable.