Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.
Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.
Ah, the friends to lovers trope. One of my favorites, for sure. I can’t resist a little FtoL action, add in the Brother’s Best Friend twist, and I had to pick up A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs.
I was honestly not expecting a whole lot out of this title. Typical novellas of this ilk are pretty damn predictable. Jacobs, however, managed to pack laughs, lust, heat, chill, and heartbreak into about 150 pages. You know anytime there is a “no-strings” arrangement, you are heading for an HEA with the complication of one or both members unintentionally getting their heart involved. It is a given. The twist here is that Patrick went into it with his heart already involved. Will was a known entity and a long time crush.
I like that they don’t just spend two weeks in bed. They have real lives, and they live them. They don’t come home just to fuck like bunnies because they can. They have relatively few encounters for this trope. The ones they have, however, are HOT. There is a lot of emotion and heartbreak on both sides. There is also a few scenes directly out of your favorite RomCom. Usually not something I complement in a story, but it just worked for these two. They needed just that as a catalyst.
Patrick and Will are going to try to make things work. They are going to give it a go. I need part two of their story. I need to see them make it work.
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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