Moving into a new home starts with a bang when Ryan Blackwell celebrates turning thirty. Being hungover means he’s bleary-eyed and clumsy the next day, but even in that state, he can appreciate how sexy and fit his neighbour is.
Matt Thomas isn’t looking for anything long-term—one and done is usually his life rule. Why settle down early, like his sister, when casual relationships are so easy? With Ryan living in the same building, chance encounters are inevitable. When one night together becomes two, a friends-with-benefits deal seems a natural progression.
There’s only one problem: sex with no strings relies on matching expectations, so Ryan can’t help worrying. His huge heart always wants more, but Matt’s been clear about his limits. As passion leads to caring, they’ll have to make some tough decisions—maybe this time, breaking some rules will be worth it if that means they’ll get to share a future.
3.5 of 5 Stars
This is a pretty quick read in which not a whole lot happens. I’m guessing this is the start of a series since we’re introduced to several side characters but I don’t see any indication of that.
When we first meet Matt he seems like an unfriendly arse which is the complete opposite of Ryan’s happy, excited puppy dog behavior. Matt slowly shows us who he really is and I like him better then but I liked Ryan better. Ryan seemed very immature which again is the exact opposite of Matt but I supposed opposites attract. They worked as friends with benefits for me but we never really saw them develop the friendship which leads to Matt wanting more. We only get glimpses of it so we have to assume they bond off-page. Both guys are good guys and seem to enjoy each other.
The story is pretty simple. There is no angst…at all. I guess there is some at Ryan’s job which I still don’t fully understand and is left unresolved (part of the reason I think this is the start of a series). We have a couple of sub-plots with Ryan’s mom and Matt’s parents but nothing too eventful. Josh and Sam are great side characters. I know we met another of Matt’s friends but his name escapes me at the moment. We have a potential future character in Charlie as well.
To me this is a rainy day, ‘need a quick, cute read ‘ kind of book.
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