Author: Danni Keane
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/05/2015
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Young Adult
Still reeling from his father’s death and stuck in a job he hates, the only moments of happiness in Josh Roberts’s life are those he spends with his boyfriend, Bradley. The boys are inseparable, and when they lose their virginity together, Josh feels closer to Bradley than he ever imagined.
But Josh’s mum, proud of her son and his biggest supporter, expects Josh to go to university after his year off. He doesn’t want to disappoint her by telling her he’s changed his mind, and he struggles to find a solution.
When Bradley moves in with Josh and his mum, Josh truly believes life can be perfect again. But before long, their still-fragile feelings of connection and intimacy are tested when Bradley becomes secretive and distant. Anxious and confused, Josh is desperate to find out why Bradley is rejecting his affections. Bradley finally opens up, but what he reveals will change every aspect of their young love and quite possibly the rest of their lives.
WARNING: This review contains possible spoilers.
No Big Deal was a sweet story with enjoyable characters and contained a plot twist that isn’t seen a lot in M/M.
Josh is a young man who’s had a tough year after dealing with the death of his father. Thankfully, he’s still got his mother and his boyfriend, Bradley. Josh and Bradley were a cute couple for sure, and I liked having the story start with them already together. Their emotions were portrayed well and I could tell they cared for their each other.
At the beginning of the story, Josh and Bradley haven’t had sex yet, though that is quickly remedied when Josh’s mother leaves for the weekend. The sex between the young men was really realistic, in that neither one lasted very long once inside the other. The term ‘minute-men’ came to mind. Perfect.
With any young men there was drama of course and Josh and Bradley have their fair share, including what to do with their lives and where to live. The biggest issue occurred when Bradley began to withdraw and stopped having sex. Josh fears Bradley is cheating on him but that isn’t the case.
The truth is that Bradley has a lump on a testicle and feels awkward about having sex. Josh freaks out since his father died of cancer, but in typical young man fashion, Bradley thinks it’s no big deal. I understood both guy’s stances here and the author excellently depicted their concerns.
There were times I wanted to choke both young men and get them to just calm down and actually talk and listen to each other. However, there aren’t mean 19-year-old men who aren’t obstinate and stubborn-headed. They do eventually open up and everything gets figured out.
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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