Title: Best Friends Perfect (book 2)
Author: Liam Livings
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release: 10th September 2014
Genre: M/M (contemporary)
1999, Kieran, 18 is searching Australia, the New Forest and London for Prince Charming with new best friend, Jo. They sample some men, and march with Pride. What happens when you fall for a straight man? What’s Jo’s solution, and why doesn’t Kieran agree?
Kieran introduces Jo to his other best friends, Hannah, Grace and Kev. The others don’t think Jo’s quite so perfect, but that’s just Jo is, isn’t it?
Kieran and Jo go to university in London, and meet Irish students Sean and Andrew. Why does Kieran feel more alone than ever? Where has Jo disappeared with Andrew? Will Sean call Kieran back?
The adventures of Kieran continue. We left him in book 1 about to take of at Heathrow and follow his dream of touring around Australia with his best friend Jo with family dramas included now his family is going to. I just say that I adore Kieran's mum, upbeat, chirpy and always a source of embarrassment for Kieran although Jo has her well managed. While they are in Australia they're staying with Kieran's dad's brother, Uncle Colin. Colin doesn't know anything about Kieran and his best friend Jo so the shock is quite something and he isn't really all that approving of their so called lifestyle. Family drama set and match. However, there was one lovely moment where Kieran's mum stood up for her boys to Colin and wonderful omens full of passion. A real lioness protecting her boys from some potential bigotry and oh my did she put Uncle Colin in his place. The motto her being never underestimate a love of a mother for her children.
"Worry? I'll tell you about worry Colin. When you have a son who cries in his room and won't go to school cos he's being bullied, that's worry. A son who watches his friends go into couples, but don't know what he's meant to do, that's worry."
Apart from this one glitch the family part of the holiday goes well and I just loved reading about Kieran and Jo camping it up with his mum and brother Paul on the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras! Was also very impressed with Paul despite all the ribbing he gives Kieran he still sticks up and is proud of his brother, families sticking together. So yes this set the tone of the book for me which was basically wonderfully camp all the way.
So Kieran and Jo set out on their own and tour Australia, in Priscilla cock in a frock on a rock style. However, here their friendship is tested to the limit especially when you are spending so much time with each other. Both characters are very opposite in many respects, Kieran is the more reserved, dreaming of his one true prince, a blushing wall flower type but who is always clearing up after Jo. I actually got quite annoyed with Jo, he seems to have little regard for people's feelings even Kieran at times. He just charges ahead in life without thinking about the wake of destruction he leaves behind him that Kieran is always having to clear up. It's not that he's selfish or egoistic, he just doesn't think! But I guess that is very often the fact when you are young, a little recklessnessis part of that age. So Jo is getting his rocks away while Kieran is left very much on the sidelines, although he could have trusted him self a little more. I felt that Kieran's self-confidence could have done with a boost where even I could have slapped him to get his ass in gear and take the bull by the horns. Jo was out there taking life by the horns and Kieran for me in some respects was a little bit of a wuss.
After a while Kieran starts to miss home and he comes to appreciate home more than ever. This is a stage that a lot of people go through, I should know after leaving home for the big wide world at the edge of eighteen. But as with Kieran the experience is also a positive one as you really get to appreciate more what you have at home than you did before. It's not long before they have to go to Uni and their ways invariably part. Here for me it was clear and also became clear for Kieran that despite his thoughts about Jo being his best friend it is essentially Kieran that has always been doing all the chasing. A true friendship wouldn't be this one-sided. So by the end of the book the inevitable happens and gradually they both start to drift apart a little. But Kieran finds another friend at Uni, Janice, an American and maybe he will find another good friend in her.
This book for me is a little like reading a journal of teenage trials and tribulations. It's light, easy reading, almost soap-opera in a way, "The Life and Times of Kieran" and the stories with his friends. Wonderfully camp at times, especially when his friend Kev comes to visit him in London and wants to go shopping for dresses. As for the romantic stakes, well Kieran still hasn't found his dream boyfriend yet but he hasn't given up and I hope in book three that he finds his prince for his own HEA.
About the Author
He lives, with his partner and cats, where east London ends and becomes nine-carat-gold- highlights-and-fake-tan-west-Essex. He was born in Hampshire with two club feet (look it up, it’s not nice) and problem ears, needing grommets: this meant he was in plaster from toe to groin until he was two, and had to swim with a cap and olive oil soaked lamb’s wool over his ears – olive oil bought from a health food shop, before it was sold by supermarkets. He started writing when he was 14: sat in French lessons during a French exchange trip, for want of anything better to do, he wrote pen portraits about his French exchange’s teachers. He wrote for his school’s creative writing magazine and still writes a diary every day. He grew up on the edge of the New Forest – not in the New Forest mind, but on the edge. Now it’s a national park, it’s so much more glamorous. He went to uni in London and never really left. When not writing, he also enjoys baking. He avoided any sport at secondary school by having an orthodontist appointment between the age of 14 and 16, and when he was old enough to drive, just drove home instead of playing rugby/hockey/whatever. He is a car geek, his particular passion is old French classics, and his every day car is what is popularly referred to as a ‘hairdressers car’ a Mazda MX5 in powder blue – Muriel.