Book Review by DMac: The Swap, by Devon Rhodes

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The Swap, by Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 26, 2016

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


2nd Edition

When layoffs hit Jim LaRue’s company, his first concern isn’t for his own job, it’s for his friend and coworker, Tommy Graves. Tommy’s going through a bitter divorce, and he’s closing on a new home. Losing his job would mean losing the house—and the fresh start he desperately needs. Jim can’t let that happen to the man he’s secretly in love with, so he proposes a swap: his job for Tommy’s.

Now out of work, Jim reluctantly agrees to help Tommy remodel. He needs the income, but he can’t stand being a charity case—especially not when things between them start heading in a direction he hardly dared hope for. The strain drives a wedge between them, and a confrontation might spell the end of their relationship.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Friends to Lovers


This book basically had no plot. It had a tiny bit of setting, and then they were in the bedroom for the rest of the book. That’s fine if that’s what you like, but I found it uninteresting. They barely talked, and it was like two guys grunting at each other to communicate before sleeping with each other, on a loop.

As you can probably guess there was no character development and nothing to really get me invested in either man or their relationship. The writing style was good, but there was nothing in the plot that really captured my attention. The drama was forced and everything was solved too easily, and it was just a really bland book for me.

I wish the community would do something to categorize books into plot heavy, sex centric, etc. or something. Some people just like one type, and some people may want to read different ones at different times. The summaries of books do little to clarify what kind of book it is.

This book is getting a lot of good reviews on goodreads, so maybe other people will like it but in my honest opinion it wasn’t all that great. You can easily find other novellas that are sweet and simple while still executing a well written plot with developed characters.


From her profile: I have always had my nose in a book and my head in the clouds!
Now I’m finally doing what I love as a career.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


2 thoughts on “Book Review by DMac: The Swap, by Devon Rhodes

  1. I completely agree there needs to be some kind of tagging system to show a book is a total sex fest or a little of both or plot/character driven. OR SOMETHING! Blurbs are nice but unless I know that plot is in the book it does me no good.


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