August 15th, 2016
The struggle is real.
Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?
That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.
Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.
Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.
This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.
*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Once again this was a buddy read with Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions so go check her blog in the next few days to read her thoughts about this book :).
For someone who hadn’t read a new adult M/M romance until this month I must say I’m doing a great job because this is the third one I’ve read in two weeks XD.
This book is something I didn’t know I needed in my life. I just can’t describe how funny this was. I can’t even remember when was the last time I laughed so much while reading a book. It was hilarious and I loved it.
Let’s start by talking about one of the main characters, Nick. That guy was so funny and always got in the weirdest and funniest situations but he still had problems especially related to his future. I really liked Nick. He’s one of that guys who has no filter and says everything that comes too his mind. He also thinks about weird stuff in weird moments, he’s hormonal as hell and reading from his POV was one of the funniest things ever. However, as I said before, not everything is perfect in his life. He has problems with his parents, especially his dad, and he doesn’t really know what he wants to do with his life but feels pressured to go to college… like almost every 18 year-old out there. That’s one of the reasons why I really liked this book. It was not only about romance and Nick’s relationship with Jai but also about growing up and trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life.
I also loved his friendship with Devon. I loved those two together especially because those sometimes looked like they shared a brain. I loved how they showed how much they liked each other and how much they cared for each other. Also, it’s not every day that a straight guy snuggle with his gay BFF but in this book that’s a normal occurrence and for me it was great. They were hilarious and their text exchanges were the best things ever. I LOVED IT and I loved that this book also focused on their friendship.
I really liked Jai too. His life plan includes traveling for 9 months a year and work for 3 months so he can get money for those 9 months traveling. I really liked to see him with Nick and how Nick grew on him even if he wasn’t the easiest person to deal with. I really liked that while he was older and already saw a lot of the world he still didn’t know what to do in his future and that for now he only lived for his traveling all over the world. And his family was one of the best things ever. You know those families who keep getting in the person’s life and kind of embarrassing them but you know that they really love the person?? His family was just like that and I loved it. I really liked how Nick and Jai’s relationship went from f*ck buddies to a real relationship but I liked if we could have seen more of them talking about stuff (not that they haven’t talked about it).
Not only I loved the characters but I also really enjoyed the writing style. It was an easy and fast read and well written. I liked that it had a dual POV and that Nick and Jai’s voices were different from each other. I also really liked that this book didn’t have unnecessary drama. Not every book needs drama. And I can’t forget to talk about how funny this was. Lisa Henry did a great job writing this book (PS.: don’t drink water or something else while reading this book. I know from experience that your phone/e-reader/whatever won’t like it XD).
Overall, this was a great book. I loved how funny it was and how it wasn’t all about romance. Not only I liked this book but I thought it was super funny. I can only recommend this book to everyone… well, at least if you like to read M/M romances.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?