Author ~ J.R. Loveless
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 9th November 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.
Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.
When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.
Freya’s Book Brief
Well, what can I add? After reading the blurb, I was already chomping at the bit to read this story. It’s a classic, friends to lovers with a broken heart in between, salacious plot.
Scott loves his best friend Craig and is saving his cherry because no other man measures up. Craig is acting without thought, with his dick of a boyfriend Derek, and in the process, hurts (multiple times) the man who means everything to him – Scott. Love is blind, and it’s going to take one hell of a shock to open Craig’s eyes. Thankfully, that comes in the form of Karen, Scott’s twin sister, whose character I LOVE. She’s a feisty, protective little spitfire who say’s everything to Craig that should be said. I found myself thinking – yeah you go, girl - on more than one occasion. That doesn’t mean Scott’s a wilting flower. He knows how to stand up for himself.
The story is told from multiple POV’s with small overlaps. It is excellently written, and I loved the plot so much I even forgave one use of a phrase that I usually spit feathers at.
One spoiler – there are no trips to the hospital. That would have been too much and cheesy. There was enough heartache, angst and drama to make it believable without going overboard. My heart was in my mouth several times, and on one occasion, tears appeared.
For a friends to lovers story of this length, I’d be hard pushed to find better than, You Belong With Me.