In a tourist town in the Canadian Rockies, Simon is spending the summer working at his sister-in-law’s bookstore. Shy around new people, Simon prefers to keep his nose in a book. When Benji, a local who works at a café down the street, hears Simon is vegan, he figures the best way to welcome him is bake him a vegan donut.
Upon their first meeting, there’s an undeniable burst of chemistry. Simon is drawn to Benji’s outgoing personality and wants to get to know him better. All Simon has to do is figure out a way to get over his nervousness and ask the casually flirty Benji on a date.
"By Way of Vegan Donuts" was very dessert-like, actually. It was light, sweet, fluffy and pretty easy to digest.
My only real issue with the book was that it was a bit 'too' light for my taste, even for a short, 48-page short read.
Both MC's were completely adorable and they went on a few outings together, then after their third date, had themselves a bit of fairly-steamy sex for desert, but for me it wasn't quite enough.
Don't get me wrong, these two boys were extremely cute together and I was rooting for them to overcome their shyness and make a go of it. Which they did. Sort of.
Yes, I get that the only reason for Simon to even be in the small tourist town at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies it to spend time with his sister-in-law and 9 y.0. niece, after Simon's brother passes away from a heart attack six months prior.
Several pages are devoted to that plot point, but they left me feeling a bit "meh." The brother's death felt pretty glossed over.
Yes, I realize the Simon is only in town for his college summer break and that the boys are attracted to one another. Then after sharing an orgasm and a donut (vegan, of course), they agree to do it again.
Right. Got it. Okay. And...?
That's mainly the part that left me a bit unfulfilled when the book ended.
A short one page mini-epilogue with Simon and Benji alluding to their relationship having continued after Simon returns to school, hinting at some genuine feelings, that would have given me everything that I'd hoped for.
The book wasn't sexy enough to fall into the erotica category for me, but there weren't nearly enough feels for me to place it as a romance either.
So this one rates about 3 *more-sprinkles-please* stars for me.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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