Monday, April 11, 2022

Influenced by Felice Stevens


Title: Influenced
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: MM Small Town/Big City Romance
Release Date: April 11, 2022



Bryce Bauman is one half of a famous influencer couple…until his boyfriend dumps him and puts the whole ugly scene online.

Several months later, Bryce is at the end of his rope—he’s lost all his endorsements, along with his so-called friends. Licking his wounds, he escapes to the tiny town of Serenity, Pennsylvania, where he’s surrounded by too much nature and quiet. And…the hot as hell owner of the bed-and-breakfast who makes him think there might be life beyond what’s on a screen.

Matty Wilcox has no time for spoiled brats or social media. He must keep the business running, his grumpy grandfather healthy, and himself deep in the closet. In his little town, there’s no way to come out to his friends and family and have things stay the same, so he’s better off alone.

Except life is complicated now that Bryce is staying at the bed and breakfast—he’s entirely too tempting and not as silly and shallow as Matty first thought. Giving in to his desire could only muddy the waters of the life he’s so carefully built. Any slipup would be dangerous for his business, his friendships, and most importantly, his heart. Besides, there’s no place for small-town Matty in Bryce’s big-city life. The two of them, together, don’t make sense.

Then again, since when does anything make sense when it comes to love—the greatest influencer of all?

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

A bad break-up for Bryce in the very public arena leaves him with nothing - no job, nowhere to live, and no prospects. He is left with little choice but to take a break from the city, with the hope that memories will fade. Bryce ends up at Matty's B & B to recover.

Matty is very different to Bryce: he is quieter, introspective, and a country boy. He is also keeping part of himself hidden from the world around him: he is gay. Bryce's arrival shakes Matty up and these opposites attract.

To start with Bryce didn't come across terribly well. He appeared to be spoilt and self-centred but as settled into the quieter life of small time living, he becomes relaxed and his experience with social media might actually help Matty. 

The more I read, the more I found myself falling for these two, especially Bryce who had a depth of character that I wasn't expecting.



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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love. 

She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can't stop buying "just one more pair" of black pants. Felice is a happily addicted Bravo and Say Yes to the Dress addict and proud of it. And let's not get started on House Hunters. Her dream day starts out with iced coffee and ends with Prosecco, because...why shouldn't it? You can find her procrastinating on FB in her reader group, Felice's Breakfast Club.


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