Luke by J.A. Huss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great romance and drama!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😭😖😔🤐😥
The heroine: Posey (a.k.a. Princess Euphemia) – she is a reporter for Buzz Hollywood, who has been running a secret underground fan group for Zach Boston for years. Buzz Hollywood contacted her through the fan group and gave her a job as Zach Boston’s stalker. She has been obsessed with him for years. She is planning to write a gossip story about Zach and Luke’s relationship.
The Heroes: Luke Dumas & Zach Boston – Zach Boston is 23 and cousin/brother to the Bossy Brothers. Luke Dumas is 29 and one of the Florida Dumas clan. Zach’s cousin/brother Jessie is married to Emma Dumas, which is how the ocean centric Dumas clan ended up so entwined with the Bossy Brothers who are affiliated with “The Company”, which is like the Mafia, but better connected. The two of them are a couple, but they both also like girls, so they date plenty together.
The Story: Luke owns Dumas Water Adventures and this year he added a floating beachside bar and bought a new yacht for overnight dive trips, as well as adding a bunch of new employees to help run things. He and Zach live together and don’t cheat on each other, they only add girls into the mix when they are together.
While at the bar one night, Luke meets a girl he tags as “Princess Euphemia”, a pink haired pixie of a girl who says she was with Zach last weekend when she sees Luke watching Zach dance. She tells Luke to make Zach jealous by pretending she and Luke are together.
The following day we find out that Zach likes having the girls around much more than Luke does. Luke enjoys them enough the night they pick them up but he doesn’t like them to hang around longer and he gets a bit jealous when Zach pays more attention to the girls than he does. Though Zach does pay quite a bit of attention to Luke and obviously sees them as a team.
The trio ends up at a shady pop up party hosted by some ultra rich people with a ton of secrets. I figured out pretty quick that this party probably has ties to “The Company” which has been a running theme in a more than a few of the series by J.A. Huss. Frankly I wasn’t happy to see this level of elite underworld drama in this book. I am kind of sick of “The Company” and all the ultra rich “shadow government/global cabal of people who actually run the world.” Though I really did like where this story went.
Though I did really like how the relationship between the two guys and Posey grows. Luke hates her for a while because she seems like a player, but when he finds out she is just a normal girl who needs help, he becomes more interested. Zach seems to like Posey quite a bit at first, but when he finally drops the fact that he has been playing her, he reveals that he couldn’t care less about her, but his feelings soon grow as well. We end up getting to see the entire Dumas/Boston clan, which I loved. I plan to re-read via audiobook some of this series that I already read, because I am remembering how much I love these people.
This book was told in multiple points of view (Zach, Luke, and Posey). The narration was dual narration, so the female narrator had did all the voices while narrating the chapters in Posey’s point of view and the male narrators did all the voices while narrating Luke and Zach’s points of view. Despite that the narration was good with Hathaway Lee, Aaron Shedlock and James Cavenaugh, whose voices matched the characters very well.
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