Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Nate and Dylan are the joined at the hip kind of friends. They have been best friends, confidants and support for each other since they were young children. When they get together with their group of friends, they still mostly pay attention to each other, although they don’t realize it. It is during a night out with what they though would be the group that they end up going further than even the closest friends would. The blurb is a little misleading because it states “…until the night they share a drunken kiss…” when in actuality it is a drunken handjob that starts it all. While that part goes just fine, the aftermath not so much. Nate reacts badly, “Okay, Dylan got that Nate had to be embarrassed as he**, but still, to treat him like some cheap trick…” I felt bad for Dylan and agreed, I wouldn’t have spent the night on Nate’s couch after that either but they were both just so confused.
I felt like they should have had a little inclination, since they did think of each other as cute, but it is so easy to be oblivious! Their friends, however, were not clueless. “You don’t think there’s something going on here? Because we sure do. Think about it. When you get good news, who’s the first person you call? When you’re feeling low, who do you call? Are you telling us that you’ve never noticed how your life revolves around him?” That takes some thinking.
There really isn’t any problem or angst here. There is a little tension with a conversation between Nate and his mom but that’s about it. Otherwise it is a very sweet romance with both of them coming to the realization that they love a man pretty easily. There is a little concern about losing their friendship but it’s minimal. Their friends are completely accepting and supportive.
This is the sequel to K.C. Wells Out of the Shadows, which I did not read but didn’t feel as though I were missing any vital information. One minor peeve was the use of “He did NOT just do that” or “He did NOT just say that.” It was only five times but, and maybe it was because I was listening to the story, it caught my attention.
Something I definitely liked about this was that the first blow job wasn’t perfect. There was choking and learning about gag reflex. There was Nate nearly getting kneed in the face and then being unable to work a sixty-nine because he was too distracted by what Dylan’s mouth was doing. I loved that while both Nate and Dylan went to gay friends about sex, it was Nate the teacher who pulled out a notebook to take notes and who, at a sex shop, bought books.
The narrator, Daniel Henning, did a good job with inflection though could have used a bit more differentiating voices. Sometimes when I am listening I would lose the thread of who was talking but it didn’t happen often. I liked the narration overall and would listen to this narrator again.
Cover art by Brook Albrecht is very cute and fit the feel of the book. Two men looking playful with two hearts worked well to capture Nate and Dylan.
Audible Audio, 3 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published February 14th 2018)
Original TitleBromantically Yours