Some things are sweeter than revenge.
“I need a boyfriend.”
Hearing those words from his very straight, very ex-best friend doesn’t put Nate in a helpful mood. Not only did Kellan Brooks’s father destroy Nate’s family in his quest for power, but Kellan broke Nate’s heart back in high school. Nate thought he could trust his best friend with the revelation that he might be gay, only to find out he was horribly wrong and become the laughingstock of the whole school. Kellan must be truly desperate if he’s turning to Nate now.
Kellan’s through letting his father run his life, and he wants to make the man pay for cutting him off. What better way to stick it to the bigot than to come out as gay himself—especially with the son of the very man his father crushed on his quest for money and power. Kellan can’t blame Nate for wanting nothing to do with him, though. Kellan will have to convince him to play along, but it’s even harder to convince himself that the heat between them is only an act….
This was originally published in 2011 and I feel even though that’s only 7 years ago, it does “date” this. There’s something about the extreme closeted/denial nature of this story that feels “older” than the books I’m reading published more recently. I think there is plenty of “secret” gayness still going on, but how it’s presented here feels more secretive than necessary – but appropriate for the time. If that makes sense.
On the one hand I feel so blessed that our society is opening up more and more to “other” and letting people be whom they are inside – and stories like this remind me of how far we’ve come. Or at least how far it feels we’ve come.
Besides that… this is a GFY, best friends to lovers story with a bit of denial thrown in for good measure. The angst is fairly high, but so is the humor and the chemistry.
I’m not a big fan of either of these guys as characters so I can’t say that I really loved this – I never warmed to Nate – but I can appreciate the ability of KA Mitchell to write “real” people.
I remember liking this the first time I read it the narrator helps to maintain that admiration. He sometimes felt a little “dramatic” but that was slight. In general he was easy to listen to, made the characters feel unique and didn’t distract from the story.
All in all I’d give the story a 3.5 of 5 stars, the narrator a 4 and round the overall up to a 4 of 5 stars as well.
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