Book Review by Kristie: Clickbait by, E.J. Russell

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Clickbait, by E.J. Russell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 5, 2016

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective — but fabulously shiny — outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project — as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad’s dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon’s capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it’s content — not presentation — that matters.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary Romance
Financial Gap
Holiday (sort of)
Interracial Couple


I’ve been waffling back and forth on this book for days. There were times when I laughed and had really fond feelings for the MCs. But honestly, there were a lot of other times when I just didn’t feel anything for either of them, and others still when I felt nothing but contempt.

I think this really might be a case of it’s me, not you. The fact that the book did evoke some strong reactions, particularly toward the end, is a good thing. Sure, I took issue with the Gideon’s attitude and him as a person. He’s a selfish little brat, entitled, snobbish, and has issues. Alex, on the other hand, was more well rounded. Thankfully.

Where I struggled the most was with both of them together, and had more to do with chemistry than anything. I just didn’t feel it most of the time. I was also kind of bored. I really did struggle to get through the book because it felt like the story never moved forward. Not that I was looking for insta love, or immediate hook ups or anything like that. No, I just wanted progress where there was none. There is also the tech/geek vocabulary lessons at the beginning of each chapter. And yes, I can see where the author was going with that, but it was honestly not necessary and took me out of the story. As soon as a chapter ended, there was a new definition that in some way correlates with what is going on in the story next and it made me have to think about that when I just wanted the writing and story to take me there without the assistance.

I might recommend this to some, but I’d need to really know a persons reading habits, likes/dislikes to be able to make that decision.


E.J. Russell writes romance in a rainbow of flavors — from M/F stories grounded in absurd contemporary reality to M/M tales splashed with the supernatural — but you can be sure that while the couple makes their way to HEA, they’ll never stray too far into the dark.

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You can purchase Clickbait from:
Barnes & Noble
Amazon (Paperback)

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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