It’s time for Austin Beier to grow up. His car is falling apart, his roommates are less than ideal, and he’s just been fired for the umpteenth time. His love life hasn’t evolved past bathroom hookups at his favorite clubs. Forced to borrow money from his father yet again, Austin is walloped by an epiphany—he needs someone to mentor him into maturity. And who better to teach him how to be an adult than Ben, his father’s office manager? Cute in a nerdy sort of way and only a few years older than Austin, Ben is a master of organization and responsibility. But as he gets to know Ben better, Austin learns that whether you’re eight or twenty-eight, growing up is never easy.
Grown-Up is an easy, mostly fluffy read about two very different men.
Austin is carefree and a bit of a screwup. He parties every night and is persistently late for work. He spends his money on hot clothes and has random hookups in club bathrooms. He has roommates who steal his food and has to borrow money from his ever-patient but slightly weary dad.
Ben is Austin's dad's right-hand man at work. Austin's dad, Sam, makes custom furniture, and Ben is the accountant/office manager.
Ben, who at 32 is only three years older than Austin, is a real grown-up. He owns his own house and a nice car, and goes to bed on time.
Ben is also incredibly lonely, and Austin takes advantage of Ben's generous nature. Austin wants Ben to "teach" him how to be a responsible adult.
Austin was hella annoying. Seriously. He acted like a teenager, and I wanted to shake him.
Ben, on the other hands, I LOVED, and I did not appreciate Austin pushing Ben, although Ben was also culpable in the miscommunication that took place at the end (and it was a doozy, let me tell ya).
Ben needs someone to lighten the mood, and Austin desperately needs someone responsible and steady.
Austin's dad, Sam, is Dad of the Year for sure. I liked getting a glimpse of his story.
This is a novella, and because Fielding's writing flows so well, you blink, and the story is over.
I would have liked more steam (there's only one steamy scene) and an epilogue. The ending is a HEA, but the book ended a bit too abruptly for me.
I recommend this one for a cute read when you've overdosed on angst and pain.