Title: More Than Friends
Author: Aria Grace
Genre: M/M romance
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Tired of moping around after the breakup of his long term girlfriend, Ryan knew he needed a hookup to get him out of his funk. When he met Drea, he hoped she might be the one. But when he felt more chemistry with her gay cousin Zach, Ryan felt more confused and terrified than he had in his life. He wasn’t gay but he wanted to be with Zach. How could it possibly work?
Ryan doesn’t love Brooke the way he thought he should, so he ended their 3-year relationship. His boss, Paul, drags him out for a few beers in the hopes he will get laid. Even though Ryan meets an attractive woman named Drea, there is clearly no chemistry there. Nevertheless, he gives her a lift home and ends up spending the night on the couch while her cousin, Zach, is playing video games.
Ryan and Zach spend time getting to know each other and playing games. Though Ryan is hesitant and confused about the intense feelings growing between them, it’s not long before he has his pants down and is enjoying the best sex of his young life.
This is a sweet and steamy story, not expertly written, but entertaining enough. I would have liked a little more time spent on exploring the friendship between Ryan and Zach, and Ryan’s confusion about his sexuality. Attributing negative characteristics to Brooke made it very easy for Ryan to sever the relationship without a lot of thought. Making her sexy, fun, and appealing would have made Ryan’s conflicts much more difficult to resolve and a much more interesting story.