More Than a Friend by Nic Starr

More Than a Friend by Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (111 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Tim Walker is a free man. He’s broken up with his girlfriend and is ready to move on to a new relationship. But the relationship he wants to pursue is fraught with challenges. Firstly, Scott Richardson is a man, and only Tim’s closest friends know Tim’s bisexual. Secondly, everyone knows Scott relishes the single life. And then there’s the big one: Scott is the younger brother of Tim’s best friend, Paul.

Scott can’t deny an attraction to his brother’s friend Tim. Lean, dark blond, and blue-eyed, Tim is hot and hard not to notice—especially since Scott and Tim work together. Too bad the man is straight, and too bad Scott worries how Paul will react if Scott hooks up with his best friend.

Tim and Scott want to see if there’s a chance for more than friendship between them, but neither of them wants to lose Paul. Together, they must find the courage to follow their hearts and find a way to have it all.

They’re co-workers and friends but maybe it’s time to become more than friends.

Okay, that was a cheesy play on the title but the title pretty well sums up the premise of the book. Tim and Scott work together and Scott just happens to be the younger brother of Tim’s best friend. It’s a common trope of a bro-code coming in between a potential love affair. There’re several different directions the story can go, I wanted to see how Ms. Starr would handle it.

Tim and Scott are both likable characters. The chemistry sizzled in the prolonged glances. The buildup is slow. Painfully so in some spots. There was opportunity to show rather than tell. Having said that, the author is very talented in describing the scene, I could see it, I was there but that didn’t always move the story along.

This is a short story and I knew going in that there might be some conflict with Tim and his friend Paul when it came out that Tim was interested in his younger brother. I wanted to get to the point where Tim and Scott admit to their mutual attraction. I just knew that if the way the author described their chemistry was as vivid as he made the describing the scenery, it was going to be hot! She didn’t disappoint.

The ending is good. The author handled it well and I walked away satisfied with their HEA. Readers who enjoy lots of details and some sweet chemistry with hot sheet action should give this one a try.

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