This warm hug of a romance is completely satisfying

61407327Like I Wished by Charlie Novak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you just want to read a book without any of the angsting, overly dramatic scenarios or unbelievable mess-ups that cause the Third Act break-up.

Well, that’s what this book is. Just one giant hug of love from the beginning to the end with only a couple of non-relationship related quibbles which provide a bit of tension in a gentle and completely relatable way.

This is the second full length entry in Charlie’s Yorkshire Coast small town set romances and it’s more grounded in its roots with a lovely vibe of the type of friendship and family life that is indicative of these close-knit communities.

We got a bit of a glimpse that there might be something going on between Noah and Spencer towards the end of Lane and Oliver’s book but here we find out Noah’s been crushing on his best mate Alex’s older brother since they were teenagers.

There’s a few cross-series mentions of some of Charlie’s other series’, which I really love as I’m a big fan of interconnected universes where the books stand alone but have an Easter Egg feel if you’ve read the others.

We also get a hint or two about what might be on the cards for a couple of the other men in this gang of old friends and newer incumbents to their little home town and I’m totally down for what I think is going to be one of the pairings!

With the secondary story here focusing on Spencer finally dealing with the injury that halted his professional football career, Noah’s fears about his body image, and the bisexual awakening journey Spencer is on, this really is a lovely read and perfect for snuggling up with a blanket and a hot drink and whiling away a few hours.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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