Title: It’s Not Easy
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Ben Cooper gave up on following his dreams to keep the peace in his family. Best friend Spencer Henderson has always been Ben’s rock. For Spence, who is in love with Ben, supporting Ben always came first, but as Ben starts to date their friend Suzie, Spence has to think of himself for the first time. The ramifications of one fateful night means leaving their small town may be Spence’s only option to protect his broken heart.
With trouble escalating at home and Spence out of reach, Ben finds it harder to cope. Without Spence’s help, Ben’s life may finally spiral out of control.
It’s Not Easy is an easy enough read, but there were times it left me rolling my eyes. Easy is a classic friends-to-lovers tale, with the added twist of the classic miscommunication and asshole father plot devices. Add in a few other pet peeve plot devices, and I spent much of the read alternating between wanting to strangle the main characters and wanting it just to be over.
Ben and Spence are two friends that have feelings for each other, but family issues and their inability to talk to each other causes issue after issue in their relationship. Enough that Spence finally flees town and cuts off all communication. These men were supposed to be in their mid-20s but acted more like mid-teens. I also questioned the ages of some of the minor characters but chalked that up to cultural differences.
I wanted to love Ben and Spence, but by the time they inevitably got together, I found I just didn’t care and was glad it was all almost over. I love a good slow burn romance, but you have to give me some hope and, more importantly, some reason to hope, along the way.
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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