A friends to lovers story …
Author: D.C. Williams
Publisher: MLR Press
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Drew and Jeff have been best friends forever, but a hotel mix-up might lead to their being everything to each other.
Drew and Jeff have been best friends since they were eight. Jeff has been keeping his sexuality a secret, afraid it might cost him Drew’s trust, though a hotel mix-up could lead to their becoming each other’s everything. If they can only keep their crazy families from getting involved while they try to figure it out.
Drew and Jeff are both good looking young men who have been “brothers” since they were young boys. Drew works for his uncle’s company and Jeff joins him on an out of town work conference where they have a single room together. Jeff uses the opportunity to pursue his “more than brothers” interest in Drew.
I like the friends to lovers trope a lot, so I had high hopes for this story. Jeff is a sympathetic and likable character – his mother dies when he is a little boy and, although his aunt is very kind and supportive, he forever misses the presence of his mother. He’s also sincere and honest about his feelings for Drew. However, I didn’t bond with very well with Drew. He loves Jeff, and he’s attracted to him, but he’s almost unenthusiastic when he agrees to try having a sexual (and maybe more) relationship with Drew, reminds Jeff that he’s also attracted to girls, and tells him that Drew may feel the need to be with girls from time to time while he’s with Jeff. It’s more like, “Sure … I’ll give it a try, but no promises Dude …” (This is my below average paraphrase … the author writes much better!).
Several aspects of this story made this a less than optimum read for me … Jeff and Drew call each other “Dude” over and over and over. I understand that this may be the way that some young men speak with each other, but it becomes noticeably repetitive when reading the story. Also, Drew’s job with his uncle largely consists of babysitting a group of men comprising the most immature workforce known to man. A good bit of the story is about the hi-jinks and serious perils these men manage to partake of while away at work conferences, and doesn’t seem to contribute to Jeff and Drew’s story. Most of this story line is immature and reminiscent of the “herding cats” analogy, and is really annoying (one co-worker is attacked and seriously injured, but bounces right back to make the same irresponsible decisions again without any further exploration or explanation …). Once Jeff and Drew actually begin their relationship, Drew opts to keep it a secret from his family while they figure it out. This plot is pretty well done, but seems unnecessary since Drew has the most accepting and loving family ever.
Overall, Closer Than Brothers is an easy, uncomplicated, sometimes sweet story that utilizes the friends to lover trope pretty well. If you are a fan of this trope, and you enjoy stories about young adults finding their way in love and relationships, you will likely enjoy this story.
I would like to thank MLR Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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