Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

ThirtyThingsLG Title: Thirty Things

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


All their lives, Finn and Nate have been inseparable, sharing everything, and when a childhood accident left Finn broken, Nate stood by his side as all his other friends left. After all their years together, there’s one secret Finn still hasn’t revealed: he has been in love with Nate since they were eight years old. Hiding his feelings for twenty-one years—terrified of what might happen if Nate ever found out—has been difficult, but losing his best friend would be worse than living with a bad case of unrequited love. Unfortunately for Finn, Nate doesn’t make it easy.

Nate believes there are some things that just have to be done before your thirtieth birthday. As a gift to Finn, he plans an adventure to check off a list of thirty things to experience before hitting that milestone. Starting in Crawfordsville, Indiana, they tour the country, trying new things and meeting interesting new people. Nate’s having the time of his life, but he can tell Finn is holding something back. As the days count down, navigating the back roads suddenly seems easier than figuring out where their relationship is heading.

One thing’s for certain. There will be no turning back.

Brandilyn’s View:

Are you in the mood for a super sweet, friends-to-lovers, road trip romance? If so, you will want to check out Cate Ashwood’s latest, Thirty Things.

Nate and Finn have been friends since childhood and roommates since college. Finn is out and proud. Nate is uber-straight. Finn has issues with pain and walking due to a freak accident when they were kids. Nate has always been there for Finn. Finn has also been in love with uber-straight Nate since they were eight years old.

On the eve of Finn’s thirtieth birthday, Nate decides to take Finn on the ultimate road trip. He concocts thirty things that Finn needs to do before he turns thirty and they set out across the country.

There are no major surprises on this road trip. They start out as friends and end as lovers. They go from unrequited tension, to the first tentative kisses, to hot bedroom antics, and on to happily ever after. The trip is not without misunderstanding and hurt feelings, but I never had a feeling that these two weren’t going to make it.

The entire story is told from Finn’s first person point of view. He has had a hard but sheltered life. He is about to be a 30-year-old virgin, but he isn’t out to change that just for the sake of changing that. He understands his limitations, but still pushes himself to do everything he can.

There are so many places in this story that it could have taken a much darker turn, but the author avoided those obvious plot devices in favor of giving these boys the happily ever after that has been in the works for twenty-one years. I have to respect the author for those choices. Yes, there journey was almost too easy, but sometimes easy is a good thing.

If you want angst and main characters that have to work for their happy ending, this story should not be on your radar. However, for those times you need characters you can’t help but love and a satisfying happy ending, Thirty Things is a good one to have on your shelf.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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