Review Tour ~ Undone by Leslie McAdam (Excerpt)


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My new roommate has the worst taste in men.

I mean, Murph’s special. He’s funny and flamboyant and full of life.

While I’m straight, even I can tell these guys aren’t good enough for him.

I had to yell at one date, toss another one out the door, and throw a beer in another’s face.

Kind of embarrassing, really. I don’t know what’s gotten into me.

I ask my sister what’s wrong with me and she says I’m jealous.

Jealous? Please. Me?

Come on.

Only thing is, I hate the thought of Murph kissing any guy. Ever.

Except, maybe … me?

Undone is a contemporary m/m romance about a dreamy insurance agent that might not be as straight as he thinks, an adorable bartender who adds sparkle wherever he goes, and maybe one or two jokes about swords.

Opening the bathroom door, I exit to go to my bedroom to get dressed.

Murph is sitting cross-legged on his floor across the hall, surrounded by piles of neatly folded clothes. His legs look bony in his jeans, and his lean arms are fussing with fabric. His dark head tilts up as he hears me, and I don’t miss the slow sweep of his eyes from my head to my feet, lingering on my torso and my towel.

A missed drop of water trails down my chest, and I wipe it away.

Murph licks his lips. I can almost see the resolve on his face as he swivels his head, picking up a stack of shirts and setting them to the side.

It takes all my acting ability to maintain a poker face until I get to my room.

I’m going to have to get used to that. I don’t usually mind being ogled—not that there’s that much to ogle, though I stay in decent shape by running and keeping active.

Dropping my towel, I step into navy blue sweats.

Does it bother me that Murph looked at me that way? Like he wanted to have me for dinner instead of the baked ziti I’m planning to make?

I tug a battered old gray T-shirt over my head while I consider the question. Because now that I’m living with a guy who’s into guys, I have to sort out my thoughts on the matter.

If my roommate were a woman and she checked me out, would it bother me?

No. I’d be flattered.

So I guess I’m flattered by him as well. This doesn’t have to be complicated.

I take my towel into the bathroom and hang it up. Murph’s still on his floor sorting clothes, either absorbed in what he’s doing or ignoring me.

I’m not scared he’s going to put the moves on me or anything. Obviously. Since he knows I’m straight.

At least, I assume he knows that.

Shit, maybe I should be clear with him. So he doesn’t think there’s any chance—

Jesus, Jason. Not everyone wants to bang you.

I don’t know why my brain is getting all weird like this. And I’m not sure how to bring it up in conversation. Hey, Murph, I know you’re gay, but don’t try anything.

Yeah, that sounds like an utterly arrogant thing to say. It assumes he wants me and, moreover, that he’d act on it.

Neither of those assumptions is accurate, I’m sure.

Well, if it comes up, I’ll tell him. Otherwise, no need to make things awkward.

~ * ~ Maris Review ~ * ~

5+ Stars!!!

I think this is my new favorite couple in the series! Murph was all kinds of sassy and adorable and I loved that he was so unapologetically himself. And Jason, well, he was so dreamy, a prince charming for sure, and I just wanted to squish him and awww at how oblivious he was, LOL.

GFY/Bi-Awakening is one of my top favorite tropes and this was a great take on it. Jason was just so completely unaware of his attraction to men, maybe because no other man had attracted him so much as Murph, who was fabulous. I adored Jason’s journey as he became the man he was always meant to be. He was romantic, possessive, sweet, caring, and he showed that he had what it took to be the perfect man for Murph.

I couldn’t even get mad at the conflict seeing as it made perfect sense with what we’d been shown of Murph and what his creepy ex made him go through, and it allowed Jason to really come into his own, so win-win.

I can’t recommend this book enough, it was sweet, romantic, fun, emotional, and a bit angsty, and it’s definitely one I’ll read again in the future.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

~ * ~ Amys Review ~ * ~

5 Stars

I think this series just ended with a bang…a very big bang. OMG! I think I’m a little bit in love with Davey Murphy. Leslie McAdam created my second favorite character ever, only bested by one Jonty Bloom. I actually think Jonty and Murph would be the best of friends and a lot of fun to be around, but I digress. Back to Murph and Jason.
I don’t think I’ll ever hear or see the word ‘goddess’ again without thinking of Murph. I also want a fish plate for a soap dish now.
This was a very well-put-together story, and I ended up reading 90% of it all in one sitting. It’s almost 4 a.m. and I just finished it. I’m not even sorry. I also knew I couldn’t wait to write my review for the blog, because this is one of those books you want to tell the whole world to read.
This is book 18 in a series of standalones all set in the same town and connected to Vino & Veritas bookstore/bar that becomes the center of each book. While we see familiar faces, and read familiar names, this book is not dependent on having read the others. If you were going to pick just one book, this would be the one I would steer you toward.
Murph and Jason’s love story was an utter delight. It was well written with great characters that had a surprising depth to them. It was a joy to discover each facet of their personalities throughout the book. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I’m going to be looking for more. You can bet on that.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***