Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Tall, Dark, and Deported
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires # 31
AUTHOR: Bru Baker
NARRATOR: Dorian Bane
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 6 hours, 30 minutes
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2017
Crossing the border into love.
Snap decisions and misguided ideas bring Portuguese national Mateus Fontes and businessman Crawford Hargrave together at the Canadian border crossing.
Mateus is caught in a catch-22. With his almost-expired tourist visa, entrance to Canada is denied, but the US won’t let him back in either. Crawford thinks he’s solved things when he tells the border agent they’re engaged, and it works – except now they have to actually get married before either of them can get back into the United States. But Crawford has been burned by marriage once, and he’s determined not to make that mistake again.
Neither of them expects real feelings to bloom out of their fake marriage, but they do. And the two of them have to learn how to be honest with each other to make things work, which is especially hard when their entire marriage is based on lies.
And another Dreamspun Desires book that gave me exactly what I crave from this line of books. I adore the fake marriage trope, throw in a bit of green card tension and two utterly swoon worthy characters and Ms. Baker stole my heart.
I loved how organic this story felt. Even when the MCs were utter strangers, their interactions felt natural and real. When XX just blurted out that they were engaged to be married and rattled off facts, I totally believed it was something he would do.
And then when the men were getting to know each other in the midst of uncomfortable circumstances and with an asshole ex breathing down their throats, I totally felt my heart being tugged because I felt like I was there with these men hoping against hope that everything worked out.
AND THEN (lol there is a pattern here) when things started to really become real, well my heart just melted and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for true love to blossom. I was utterly charmed by both men, by the setting, and by the ending. Things worked out fabulously and I will be picking this one up again from my comfort read pile when I need a relatively low angst happy ending.
Dorian Bane did a good job with this narration. His voice was good for this story and he really brought out the heart of the characters (both good and bad) as well as the heart in the story. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this story though I am pretty sure I would have enjoyed it no matter who narrated it.