Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
A friends-to-lovers novella that came from Out of the Shadows, because Nate and Dylan needed a story….
Nate and Dylan have been pals for a long time. So what if their friends think they’ve got a little bromance going? Doesn’t mean there’s anything more to it than that, right? And even if there is, Nate and Dylan are totally oblivious….
Until the night they share a drunken kiss—and everything changes.
To be honest, I don’t even remember these secondary characters from Out of the Shadows, so it’s not a requirement to read that story first. In any event, these friends of the couple featured in that story are besties who care deeply for one another and the author brings them to life—and love—and shows them that what they were looking for was there all along—they just didn’t realize it. It’s a great story and can certainly be read as a standalone.
This was a sweet romance between two men who suddenly realized that they weren’t just two friends who loved each other as friends—they were two friends who noticed little things like the shape of one’s lips or the length of his lashes. And when they got brave enough to act on that attraction with their first kiss, they were shocked that their attraction added a new layer to their friendship. It didn’t make them throw in the towel and walk away as they had initially feared.
The author took the time to allow this sexual attraction to build slowly and gave them plenty of opportunities to experiment. Josh and Christian from Out of the Shadows are present in multiple scenes as each is available to offer advice when asked. But there’s no carryover from the first book that would disrupt the flow of this one. Nate and Dylan don’t hesitate to ask for help as they navigate their way into man on man love. On a personal note, I enjoyed the brief but fun scene in the sex shop as Nate’s eyes were opened wide when Josh showed him where he could get more information—and supplies.
Not too long, this story is intended as a Valentine’s Day treat for readers and it’s an easy read. Very satisfying and very sweet—better than a box of chocolates and much less calories! I highly recommend this to those who enjoy stories of discovery of sexuality, including those that were formerly labeled as GFY, and in this case, double GFY.