Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
I met Matt in second grade, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We went to the same schools, studied at the same college. When we both got jobs in the same town, we shared an apartment. And when my life took an unexpected turn, Matt was there for me. Every milestone in my life, he was there to share it. And what’s really amazing? After all these years, we’re still the best of friends.
Which brings me to this fragile, heart-stopping moment: I want to tell him I love him, really love him, but I’m scared to death of what he’ll say. If I’ve got this all wrong, I’ll lose him—forever.
I’m having a terrific contemporary fiction week! BFF by KC Wells is a warmhearted, feel good story of discovery, friendship, and love. It’s got a sort of tone to it that caught me off guard that I attribute to its format. I almost had to read the first couple of paragraphs twice to make sure it was part of the story and not an author’s forward. Well, it was an author’s forward. But it didn’t come from K.C. Wells but rather from David, our narrator of this story.
You see BFF is the coming of age, coming out story that charts two men’s friendship from their first meeting as second graders where they became the Dynamic Duo, through high school, all through roommates at college and after graduation as they start their various careers…always together. As the best of friends.
But David is recounting it at the beginning of novel, he’s writing it all down as a story, complete with notes and reflections on his behavior towards Matt at the time (hindsight is everything). It gives the book an immediate and intimate feel as his thoughts and feelings come tumbling out along with the memories. Through David’s eyes, both Matt and their families come alive as does their long, blended history together. If the two boys were always side by side so too were their parents (and siblings), matching them for support and love, even in the toughest of times.
Oddly I’m talking financially here. This wonderful story has these families carry with them many of the strains most modern families do….job security, moving, eduction issues, and learning disabilities. Even sex education and tolerance in the nicest of ways. What it doesn’t have? Extreme angst of any sort. This is a gentle, moving story of a journey of a friendship and a deep love towards a final revelation and HEA.
KC Wells really got to me. Even when she had David remarking on his own dialog as a kid (too smart) in his story, to his interactions with Matt throughout the years, I was there with them, throughly invested in their relationship, their happiness. That included their families. I tell you I loved both sets of parents and when you read this story, you will too.
Honestly, that blurb gives you one idea of the plot line. But the story is so much more than that. It’s bigger, warmer, decades in these mens lives and a touching, joyous journey to love. Trust me, I really didn’t want to let them go. I highly recommend this story. It left me smiling and with a happy heart. Doesn’t that sound like a grand afternoon?
Cover art: Reese Dante. This cover is perfect in every way. That’s David and Matt and an importation location. Love it.
ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press