Monday, June 29, 2015

ARC Review: A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs

Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.

Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.

Dani's rating:

If you like light, low angst stories with a sprinkle of smexy and a side of British boys, look no further.

Annabelle Jacobs' writing is addictive. It's like licking an ice cream cone. Before you know it, you're done and sticky.

Patrick has had an unrequited crush on his older brother's best friend Will for ages. When Pat finds out he'll be sharing a flat with Will for two weeks, he doesn't know whether to be excited or terrified.

Cue towel drop scene in the kitchen, and suddenly Will is seeing Patrick not as a boy but a MAN.

But Will doesn't want to do a long-distance relationship, much less with a student. Will's ex traveled a lot and cheated on him, and Will doesn't want a repeat.

So the two men become fuckbuddies. No strings. No hurt feelings. No problem.


Cause that always works out.

While I liked the premise and the snappy dialogue, I thought the story could have done with more passion and tenderness. Some of the interactions between Will and Patrick were a little awkward.

This is a solid HFN, but I was disappointed that the L word was never mentioned. Maybe that's realistic, but it's not warm and fuzzy.

And you know me: it's not a HEA unless there are sparkly unicorns prancing under rainbows.

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