Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood


Thirty Things

All their lives, Finn and Nate have been inseparable, sharing everything, and when a childhood accident left Finn broken, Nate stood by his side as all his other friends left. After all their years together, there’s one secret Finn still hasn’t revealed: he has been in love with Nate since they were eight years old. Hiding his feelings for twenty-one years—terrified of what might happen if Nate ever found out—has been difficult, but losing his best friend would be worse than living with a bad case of unrequited love. Unfortunately for Finn, Nate doesn’t make it easy.

Nate believes there are some things that just have to be done before your thirtieth birthday. As a gift to Finn, he plans an adventure to check off a list of thirty things to experience before hitting that milestone. Starting in Crawfordsville, Indiana, they tour the country, trying new things and meeting interesting new people. Nate’s having the time of his life, but he can tell Finn is holding something back. As the days count down, navigating the back roads suddenly seems easier than figuring out where their relationship is heading.

One thing’s for certain. There will be no turning back.

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This sweet loving but protectable GFY tale about two best friends traveling across America is a great weekend read. We have Finn, that has been completely in love with Nate since puberty and even though he knows Nate is straight and his feeling are completely unhealthy and he also knows one day Nate with bring home ‘the one’ he can’t stop himself. Gosh, you really do feel get emotional every time Finn mentions Nate bringing home a girl and how he hears and see’s those relations. And the fact that at almost thirty Finn is still a virgin, holding out hope. Then we have Nate that somewhere/somehow his feeling for Finn has changed but he’s concerned that if he says anything he will lose the best thing in his life. For two people that live together, that talk and share everything to be able to hold the “L” secret for this many years is unbelievable. How does Nate not see the hurt and devastation in Finn’s eyes every time he brings someone home? How does he not see Finn not bring anyone home? How does he never question why? Then one day he decides to man up and book this trip across America to show Finn they will be perfect together, complete with an HEA at the end. The stops along the way are fun and the flirty way he starts to show Nate he cares is touching. I also liked the way that Finn didn’t just fall for the act we had some up and downs with them both trying to navigate this new dynamic of the relationship.

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