Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Young gay professional Cabot MacCrae has been in love with his sexy best friend, Lloyd, since high school. They’re in perfect sync on almost everything. The only problem is that Lloyd is straight.
Cabot resigned himself long ago to pining hopelessly. Then Lloyd, a roofer, takes a bad fall and injures his collarbone. When he needs some TLC, there’s no question that Cabot will be the one to nurse his friend back to health. But Lloyd’s scantily clad presence in Cabot’s house brings out Cabot’s old longings.
But when Lloyd’s well-meaning mother and aunt fix Cabot up with a blind date, Lloyd reacts like a jealous boyfriend. Lloyd’s reaction makes Cabot wonder if those longings are as unrequited as he’s always assumed. What if Lloyd has been pining for him all these years? Has Cabot just been clueless all along?
Cabot and Lloyd are as close as two people who are not a couple can be. They have been besties since they were preteens and have only grown closer as the years pass. Cabot is another son to Lloyd’s family and the two grew up spending the nights at one house or the other. Now 28, Lloyd has fallen out of a window and broken some bones. He needs someone to take care of him and who else but Cabot?
Cabot has been unlucky in lust, let alone love. He’s tried but no one really hits his buttons and those who he is even slightly interested in don’t seem interested in him. Lloyd, however, is a chick magnet and is always showing Cabot who he’s been seeing.
The forced proximity causes Cabot some discomfort – he’s so attracted to Lloyd and can’t do anything about it. Lloyd is straight and the last thing Cabot wants is to put their friendship in jeopardy. Lloyd often jokes about being with men or being with Cabot, but that’s just joking. Herein lies the reason for 3.5 stars instead of 4. The whole thing is based on Cabot being so oblivious and clueless, but it didn’t read that way. Maybe he was a little bit but he was also blinded by the straight man actions of Lloyd.
It is a surprise when Lloyd’s mother sets Cabot up on a blind date, because she usually doesn’t meddle. What a date. OMG, could Malcom be more obnoxious? I get being super into sex but do you go off with someone while your date is sitting at the table? The initial phone call should have been enough to make Cabot go running. And if someone left me outside the house with the door locked while they got ready, I’d have walked off. The date only goes downhill from there and Lloyd is there to save the day.
This is a really cute friends-to-lovers story, although I wish the Vic aspect had come out in the open before it ended. I will definitely read something else by this author, who is new to me.
The cover, a lone man with rhubarb pie, fit the story well. Rhubarb pie is important!
ebook, 65 pages
Published September 16th 2019 by NineStar Press
Edition Language English