Book Reviews

Husband Hunters by Rick R. Reed at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 30-October-2019

Book Blurb

You never know where the love of your life might turn up.

When Matt Connelly suggests to his best buddy Cody Mook that they head to downtown Seattle to audition for the gay reality TV show Husband Hunters, both agree the experience might be a lark and a chance to grab their fifteen minutes of fame.


What they don't know is that the show, modeled after HGTV's House Hunters, will open doors of longing neither expected. For Matt, the secret love he has long harbored for Cody might be thrust into the spotlight. Cody might realize his search for his perfect-forever-man extends no farther than the man who's always been at his side.

Husband Hunters promises laughter, tears, and, just maybe, a happy ever after. Will Cody and Matt's story be one of best-friends-to-lovers—or an outright disaster?



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, September 2014.


Book Review

Husband Hunters is such a great book with fascinating main characters who have real emotional issues to battle with, a great cast of secondary characters to support them, and quite a few observations and criticisms about today’s fascination with “reality” TV. Which, of course, reflects anything other than reality. The story starts off as more or less pure entertainment, but then gradually turns into an intriguing character study of Cody, who is desperate to find “the one”, and Matt, his best friend, who is deeply in love with Cody but too scared to tell him for fear of losing the friendship they have. Different from ‘Husband Material’ by Xavier Mayne (reviewed here earlier this year), Husband Hunters not only focuses on matching two gay men (who are both out) as part of the show, but is also centered around the two main characters’ emotions far more than their activities during the “weekend encounters” that are supposed to help them get to know each other better.

Matt is the one who instigates their participation in the show. He loves Cody and thinks this show will be a very clever way of making his best friend see him as romance material. Since Matt has no clue how to do that by opening up and talking to the man, it seems like a reasonable alternative to him. When the producers select both of them, Matt is over the moon until Cody reacts to the fact that they might be paired up with such disdain that Matt loses all hope. The back-and-forth, studio shenanigans, and interpersonal drama that follows had Matt slowly falling apart and me glued to the edge of my seat.

Cody may want “the perfect man” and he has been trying to find him, but he is lousy at relationships. To anyone but him it is perfectly obvious that he loves Matt already, hence anyone else will pale by comparison, but Cody just doesn’t get it. In his mind, friends are friends and lovers are lovers, and the two cannot possibly mix. Not only that, but once a man is either one or the other, he stays in that category forever. *shakes head* Cody goes into the show half expecting he really will find his ideal husband, and the depth of thought and consideration he gives each candidate was amazing. He only slowly realizes how fake it all is and the disillusion hits him hard. Cody really is his own worst enemy, and in the process of being stubborn, he hurts Matt (and himself) over and over. It was painful to watch, and he only matures and grows at an excruciatingly slow pace, but I think it was all worth it.

If you like to read stories about men who secretly love their best friend but are afraid to take the next step because they fear losing that friendship, if two men who seem to already be in a relationship to anyone who looks at how they interact, and if you’re looking for an intensely emotional character study that asks all the difficult questions, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 68510 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-October-2019
Price $5.99 ebook
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