A sweet little novella about a Valentine’s Day wish for more than friendship
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
After his divorce, Steve Manchester came out so he could be himself and find love with another man. But as it turns out, the only man he really wants is his sweet, intelligent, and gorgeous best friend Burgess Cameron. Burgess, however, wants to keep the relationship platonic. When Steve can no longer stand the unrequited love, he decides to move to San Francisco to start a new life. But before he leaves, Burgess invites him to a Valentine’s Day dance, where Cupid may have other plans for them both!
Steve has been in love with his best friend, Burgess, since the day they met. However, their relationship has never been a romantic one, and Steve is tired of pining for someone he cannot have. In his desperation to get away from a hopeless situation, he accepts a job in San Francisco to start anew. Before Steve leaves town, Burgess insists they attend a Valentine’s Day dance, and things will never be the same in Steve’s world again.
Although this was a very quick and rather predictable read, I liked the foundation that the author laid for the main characters’ relationship. Steve’s first person POV tells the story of how he and Burgess first met and about the commonalities between them that helped solidify their friendship. I enjoyed how the story alternated between the evening of the Valentine’s Day dance and a common back-story to fill in the history the two men share. Having this background enabled me to develop a better attachment to the characters and to become more invested in the story, which can be difficult to do in one of this length.
I considered this to be a charming little romance, but I was disappointed when it came to the bedroom. The sex scenes read a little too much like porn and felt inconsistent with the more tender tone originally set by the author. The dialogue and descriptions felt somewhat juvenile to me, and there was a bit too much emphasis on “size” for my liking. I certainly have an appreciation for this kind of scene in books; however, I felt it was out of place here.
That being said, A Secret Valentine is still a pleasant read with appealing characters and an engaging plot. I enjoyed reading it as a precursor to Valentine’s Day but recommend it for a quick taste of romance any day.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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