My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I seriously loved this. I’m a huge gamer so anyone that plays tribute to that world has a big advantage when I’m reading their books.
But there was more than just that to this story, it’s a low angst romance and, daft as it sounds given the circumstances and timeframe of it starting, it has a real slow burn feel to it, not a case of insta love.
Both the MCs are beautifully complex and fleshed out, birth have their own insecurities and fears but both see something in the other which makes them feel more stable, more willing to risk, even if it could result in losing everything.
Noah has the biggest hurdle to climb and he stumbles along the way, Adrian, while he never gives up hope, also finally realises he needs to stop offering excuses for why he only ever has long distance relationships.
Together we get virgin sex which is so tender and emotionally fulfilling without ever venturing into an outbreak of erotic porn, just one man finally allowing himself to be free to love and the perfect partner to take him on that journey.
That’s not to say they’re not hot together either, they are, but everything is done with a freshness and a care born of emotions that it’s infinitely more than just sex.
And the ending is so perfectly sweet it matches the cute cover. Oh, and there’s dogs too, big anti social Ulysses and teeny tiny Pixel, and their friendship journey is just as cute as their humans’ one.