A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs #mm #review @AJacobs_fiction @dreamspinners

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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. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 A-nony-mouseTAG

A Casual Thing is a simple, drawn out romance covering a short span of time. I’m torn between saying it was a bit too angsty and the fact I liked the fact that it wasn’t all just sex.

Patrick is staying at his brother’s apartment for the summer. He expects to be there alone only to find out that he has a roommate for two weeks – a guy he’s been crushing on for years. He’s interested but doesn’t want to do something stupid…like he did years before and Will has always thought of him as his best friend’s little brother.

Suddenly Patrick’s not so little anymore.

What I liked: I liked that even while Will and Patrick decided to have two weeks of friends with benefits with no strings, it never quite worked as they wanted to. They acted relationship-y even though they didn’t want to and sex only happened sometimes. The rest of the time life intervened or they enjoyed each other’s company so much, sex took a back seat. This allowed their relationship to grow. I also liked the way Jacobs threw in what tore them apart. It felt natural and it made sense.

What I didn’t like: I’m not a fan of angst (yeah, if you’ve read my reviews you already know this) and the first two thirds of the book felt filled with angst. The fact is if I had been reading it for pure enjoyment rather than to review it, I would have DNF’d it.

However, I am glad I had to read it all the way through, because the last third totally rescued the whole book for me. Patrick’s brother Ben is a riot and I love the way he dealt with Will and Patrick. I am also glad that Jacobs explained why Will met a certain someone at Patrick’s job because at first I wanted to smack him.

I hope Jacobs writes Christian’s story next, bringing in characters from this story as well. Christian needs to find love too 😉


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