Kyrie is an actor with a physical aversion to telling lies, a one-eyed cat, and horrible taste in men. His ex-brother-in-law and best friend, Greg, harbors a secret crush he can’t shake. After denying his feelings for Kyrie for too long, Greg finally gives in to desire one drunken night. Come the morning, the facts get twisted. Kyrie pretends he doesn’t remember a thing—a lie that eats him alive—and Greg can’t stop thinking about how he screwed up the best thing in his life.
Before they can clear the air, Kyrie follows his dreams to New York City, but could he also be running away?
A mistake from Kyrie’s past detonates their silence, and Greg is forced to confront the man he loves. Is their new truth strong enough to support a relationship, or are they doomed to crumble under old fears? Their friendship could evolve into something a million times stronger, but maybe Kyrie’s act is just too hard for Greg to follow.
This was such a sweet story. I really enjoyed seeing Greg and Kyrie grow together. The tension in the story had me wanting to know what happens next almost the whole time. The slow burn between Greg and Kyrie with all kinds of flirty innuendo and building sensual heat, you can’t help but keep reading.
I adored Greg. He was equal parts reserved and determined. Those two traits worked in some interesting combinations throughout the story. However, there were times I truly wondered if Greg was going to admit to himself, let alone to Kyrie, his feelings. But watching Greg come to terms with what those feelings meant was amazing. You could feel his struggles and that internal push and pull on what the “right” thing to do is. Those emotions came out so clearly in the story. When he finally let go and admitted what he wanted, you could tell he was all in.
Kyrie was such a fun character. He wasn’t afraid to be himself and didn’t care too much what others thought. He was a bundle of emotions though and wore his heart on his sleeve. You could feel his love for Greg as he agonized over how to handle the situation. I loved the scene we got in his point of view.
The epilogue had me reaching for the sequel though. It’s a very happy ending. Somewhere in between HFN and HEA on my own personal “happy ending scale”. However it’s definitely satisfying enough where if I never pick up the next book in the series I won’t be disappointed.
Kimber Vale is an avid reader, writer, and gardener. She worked as an RN once upon a time, but is currently a stay-at-home mom to three busy hobbits. She is fortunate to have an understanding husband who never refuses to help with her “writing research.” He answers questions like, “What do you think eyeballs taste like?” and “Does the term ‘Cock-Rockets’ sound more like a joke or an explosively good time?” with equal consideration and without batting an eye.
Kimber enjoys crafting in a number of genres, including both gay (under K. Vale) and straight erotic romance, horror, bizarro, and sci/fi. Dark themes frequently creep their way into her stories, but she loves a good romance and is sure to give her MCs their much-deserved happily-ever-after once she is done abusing them.
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