Riptide Presents August 15
The struggle is real.
Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?
That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.
Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.
Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.
This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.
This is a story full of fun and laughter, some touching moments and weirdness – in a good way!
If you’re in the mood for something light hearted with a HFN and you’re a fan of the author I think this is a must read.
Personally, I was a little disappointed with the ending… I like my endings to be a bit more Happily Ever After – this certainly hints that things continue and we can hope – but there aren’t any “I love yous” to make things feel really solid.
The characters do a lot of growing and it’s a huge step that they end up taking together in the end… so I’m sure most people will be really happy with where they end up.
Their journey is hysterical and the smexy times are hot. The blurb sets things up very well.
4 of 5 stars
Copy Generously Provided by NetGalley for Honest Review