Book Reviews

The Bookseller's Boyfriend (Copper Point: Main Street 1) by Heidi Cullinan at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 22-February-2021

Book Blurb

Bookshop owner Jacob Moore can’t believe his longtime celebrity crush, author Rasul Youssef, is moving to Copper Point. For many, the chance to meet the playboy novelist would be a dream come true, but Jacob dreads it. You should never meet your heroes.

 

You definitely shouldn’t pretend to be their boyfriend.

 

Rasul came to this backwater town for an academic residency—a necessary evil, since he’s burned through his advance without finishing the book that goes with it. But he’s also getting distance from a toxic relationship. Quiet, reserved Jacob isn’t his type, but their charade gives Rasul a respite from the social media circus surrounding his breakup, and Jacob’s charming apartment proves the perfect setting to write.

 

Of course, prolonged exposure reveals that Jacob’s reserved exterior hides a thoughtful, intelligent man who sets Rasul’s imagination—and heart—alight.

 

Every day Rasul reveals himself to be more than Jacob ever dreamed he could. Jacob tries to be content with friendship and the professional overlap between author and bookseller, knowing a shooting star like Rasul could never make a home with Jacob in a small town like Copper Point.

 

Could he?

 

Book Review

Happy New Year indeed! Another series set in Copper Point, Wisconsin! While it would be helpful to read the first trilogy, it’s not necessary. The characters from the first three books make very small appearances and are not integral to the overall plot.

 

In this first ‘Main Street’ installment, the reader is introduced to the small local business owners on Main Street. Jacob owns the bookstore and is in turn owned by three cats with brilliant names - I ADORED the subtle references! I’m not spoiling this one…

 

Enter Rasul, Jacob’s favorite author for very personal reasons. Rasul is in a bad spot with his ex-girlfriend, his agent, and social media. Copper Point is supposed to be a reset on his life and writing career.

 

But everyone needs a little bit of help from their friends, even if they are new friends. I loved the slow-burn to the romance, the rapport Rasul created with not only Jacob, but with Jacob’s friends. I loved all the author references, the heart to hearts (and I usual roll my eyes at those), and how Jacob and Rasul came together and became stronger as individuals.

 

‘Copper Point Medical’ was a great series. ‘Bookseller’s Boyfriend’ on its own was outstanding. I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down (darn day job). I am so looking forward to seeing which characters get to shine in the next book.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 211 pages/79773 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-January-2021
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-booksellers-boyfriend-by-heidi-cullinan-11795-b