In art and in love, it s the rough edges that make things interesting.
Having grown up with artistic implements always in hand, there's almost nothing Austin can't make real. Except for one thing—an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.
The combination of emotional and sexual frustration fuels a spark between Austin and the nude model in his drawing class. Austin isn't used to having trouble focusing; models are merely challenging subjects to be rendered on paper. But the geology TA's direct blue gaze is powerful enough to drag Austin's focus away from his physique.
After a quick and very dirty post-class encounter, all the reasons that Austin has been waiting for his best friend go fuzzy in his mind. Sean is nothing like Vinnie. Sean is persistent, pays attention, and makes it clear he wants to be together.
But if Austin can't get his head and his heart on the same page, he could lose his friend, or his lover. Or both.
This one left me not sure exactly what to think.
Did I like the book? Sure.
Did it leave me feeling that there were enough interactions between Austin and Vinnie? Uhhh, no.
It felt like Austin and Vinnie said barely 100 words to one another on-page for the entire book. I needed to be shown more about why I should care more about what they had, or could have possibly had to make this story work fully work for me.
So did I love the book as a whole? Ehhh.
I did really like Austin, a lot. And I kinda loved Sean, but he was written as nearly the perfect guy, which felt a bit too 'wrapped up with a bow' for me. Sorry, that's just how I felt.
The one thing that I felt out of place regarding Sean was what he said after the big reconciliation scene. I'm not sure if " Sean's Big Fuck Up " was really necessary, as what he said seemed so out of place when compared to his previous pursual of Austin. That part felt a bit contrived to me.
The story was extremely sex-centric, as they essentially started out being a no strings attached, repeating hook up, before the actual feels came into play for Austin. (The feelings were there the entire time for Sean, kept simmering just below the surface.)
But when things started getting more serious, *that* was when I actually began enjoying the book more. I just wish it had happened a bit sooner.
As the book ends, with a nice epilogue, Austin and Sean have a strong HFN, with hopes of an HEA, if they put in the required effort.
Although this one wasn't all out love for me, I'd still rate it at around 3.25 stars.
I'll be reading Vinnie's book next, so I'm curious to see how he changes after seeing his 'one that got away' happily in love with someone else and reevaluating his priorities and level of control that his parents have over the way that he lives his life.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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