My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a fabulous friends to lovers romance which – like toffee sauce down the side of an ice cream sundae – brings a little drizzle of sweetness to a sharp bite.
While this is truly sweet at times, there is also an edge to the friendship between Adam and Ben which is caused by quite realistically depicted anxieties and fears on the part of Adam and a slow dawning that his feelings for his best friend might be a but more from Ben.
There is a proper slow burn to this one too, it’s a long book but every bit of the story felt necessary and earnt its place in the narrative.
When the smexy times come they just add the sprinkles on top as Ben fully embraces his newly developing feelings. Virgin sex is handled with care and with plenty of emotionally driven feelings.
The world building is excellent too and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the secondary characters which help prop up the narrative in this one.
#ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.