At 43 years old, Blake is successful. He started his own tech company, had all the money he would ever need, and had a beautiful fiancée. But Blake realized he was just going through the motions and, after catching his fiancée cheating on him, Blake sold his business and moved across the country. His best friend, Shay, lives in New York City and he owns a home there, but Blake has nothing to fill his days with anymore and he ventures into the world of video games and winds up sexting with a younger man.
Blake feels a pull to this anonymous guy and the sexting leads to phone calls and now all Blake can do is think about the voice on the other end of the phone. Until he hears that voice in person and it belongs to his best friend’s younger brother, Owen. Blake knows he’s screwed, virtually and every which way he can think of.
Virtually Screwed follows along with the Love and Luck series and overlaps the time frame in Fake It ‘til You Make Out. Owen, along with his twin sister, is the youngest of the Kelly clan and his brother, Declan, is the MC from the first book. Shay is the oldest sibling and Owen has known Blake his entire life through Shay, but Blake was in college when Owen was born.
The beginning of the book is entertaining, although familiar, as is most of the plot here. The guys connect through an online game and they form an easy relationship from the start. There is a 20-year age difference between the men and there is a mild daddy kink, more of Owen calling Blake “Daddy” as a joke and Blake getting unexpectedly turned on by it.
The men, of course, have to realize at some point who they are to each other, but they are so into each other and they spend a lot of time getting to know each other in all the ways. Even though some of Owen’s siblings are gay and the entire family is supportive, Owen still hasn’t been able to tell them that he is gay, so Owen and Blake keep their relationship secret.
The story takes place in NYC and the men are American, yet there is a distinct lack of place and setting to the story overall and Americans do not talk about having a “lie-in” as Owen mentions here. This series also wants to be in a hurry. The story of Blake and Owen was good, but there are several other storylines brought in and their story then lost its focus. The book also seemed to follow a prescribed formula and from Blake’s past to future MCs being set up, the foundation was here for a great story, but it just needed a little more polish.
This series is light and fun overall and I while I would wish for the storylines to be smoothed out a little more, I am looking forward to catching up with this crew again.