Review: Settling the Score by Eden Winters

Outed and dumped on national television by his rising star boyfriend, Joey Nichols must face the bigotry of the locals in his small Southern town alone. His dreams of a happy ever after lie crushed at his feet.

Novelist Troy Steele has an axe to grind against Hollywood heartbreaker types. Transforming Joey into a gorgeous, unobtainable hunk would be payback worthy of Troy’s poison pen. It's a brilliant way to get back at Joey’s image-obsessed ex-boyfriend and the movie producer who’s mutilating Troy’s novels.

What begins as simple revenge may tangle them together in something far more complicated. Living well may be the best revenge, but Troy and Joey could rewrite that to loving well.

Another fun one from Eden Winters.

The premise was interesting to me. I don't know that I've read a love story quite like this one. I've read the fake boyfriends trope, but nothing quite like Settling the Score. While I didn't love everything about it, it was nice to read a M/M romance with a little something different.

Joey was outed on TV by his long time boyfriend. Not only was he outed to his family, but also to everyone in the small town he lives in. His ex (who is an actor) got big time publicity for this stunt, and it helped his career. Basically, the ex is an asshat. 

In comes Troy. He's a writer and wants to use Joey's situation as his muse. He hires him, gives him a makeover, and uses him to write his newest book. And uses the new-and-improved Joey to get revenge on his own ex.

Lots of revenge happening here! It was fun and different... if a little much. The revenge thing got a tad old, but I liked how it all worked out in the end. And it did bother me how much Troy was changing Joey. He stressed that Joey didn't need to change but... then he went on doing it anyway? Eh. Rubbed me wrong.

That being said, I really liked Joey and Troy together. They made a for a fun couple to read about. While they were both seeking revenge on their exes, they were able to see what was right in front of them. 

Settling the Score is full of fun shenanigans with a lighthearted romance. Definitely recommended for some easy and relaxing reading. 

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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