Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey


I found this one in a comment thread in one of my groups. People were recommending their favorite m/m romances, and this one looked pretty awesome when I looked it up, so I dove in 😉 I mean look at that cover! This one is a YA romance.

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Book Description

Seventeen-year-old Connor works his butt off to maintain the golden-boy persona he’s created. He has the grades, the extracurriculars, the athletics, and a part-time job at his dad’s shop… every detail specifically chosen to ensure the college scholarships he needs to get the hell out of the Podunk town where he lives. The last thing he needs is an unexpected attraction to Graham, an eyeliner-wearing soccer phenom from St. Louis, who makes him question his goals and his sexuality. Sure, he’s noticed good-looking boys before—that doesn’t have to mean anything, right?—but he’s got a girlfriend. There’s no room on the agenda for hooking up with Graham, but the heart doesn’t always follow the rules.

As he and Graham grow close, other aspects of Connor’s life fall apart. Family pressure, bad luck, and rumors threaten to derail his carefully laid plans. Suddenly the future he’s fighting for doesn’t seem quite as alluring, especially if he has to deny who he really is to achieve it.


*Teaser grabbed from the authors facebook page*

My Review

Wow…. I really loved this book. It was a really amazing and well written YA m/m story. Graham seriously stole my heart throughout the entire book. He overcame so much, and survived to embrace who he is despite the hate that comes at him. His backstory just broke my heart, but he never shied away from who he was because of what had happened.

Connor was your average high school popular kid. Liked by everyone, cute girlfriend, trying to please everyone and be who everyone thought he should be. When he meets Graham his entire facade he hides behind starts to crumble. Can he  really come to terms with the fact that he’s attracted to the new guy that wears the eyeliner?

This who story just sucked me in. It broke my heart, made me laugh, made me angry, made me sad. I went through all of the emotions.

This was a really great read and I highly recommend. This will definitely be a re-read in the future 🙂

About the Author

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J. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character’s name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.

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