Being in love with your best friend is hard.
Henry’s the odd man out. All his friends are settling down, and his reputation as the Hook-Up King of London seems more like a curse than a blessing these days. Especially when it keeps photojournalist Ivo, his best friend and the brilliant man he’s loved since they were fifteen, at arm’s length. But that’s where Ivo wants him, right? Putting aside his feelings, Henry decides to give up casual sex and look for the real deal. After all, he has no chance with Ivo – or does he?
Henry is everything to Ivo. Best friend, soul mate, the one person who has never let him down. The one person he is loyal to above everything and everyone. But Henry’s in a box marked best friend and that’s where Ivo’s kept him for nearly twenty years, despite steadily falling in love with the gentle man. And besides, why would Henry want to date Ivo? Burned out and injured, he’s the walking embodiment of damaged.
Distance has helped Henry and Ivo keep a lid on their attraction, but when they find themselves in the same city for a change—Ivo hurt and needing assistance, and Henry more than willing to provide it—the two best friends grow closer than ever, forcing a realization, and a decision. Risk their friendship for their hearts? Or can they have both?
–From the bestselling author of Rule Breaker and Deal Maker comes a tender love story about two best friends who are perfect for each other, and always have been – if only they knew it. This is the third book in the Mixed Messages series, but it can be read as a standalone.–
I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, “Rule Breaker” and “Deal Maker”. I gave them 4,5 and 5 stars, 😉 So when I found out we were getting Henry’s book next, I couldn’t wait to dive in!!
Henry has been secretly in love with his stepbrother Ivo for a very long time. Even though their parents didn’t stick together, Henry and Ivo did. Not as lovers though…as the best of friends. Not for lack of trying, since Henry once tried to take their relationship further…He was shot down hard and never dared to try again.
Ivo’s job entails lots and lots of traveling, so they spend more time apart then together. That’s about to change though when Ivo shows up at their house hurt…What Henry doesn’t know is that Ivo has been secretly pining as much as he has…
Now I have got to be honest here and say, that even though I enjoyed reading this book very much…it didn’t top the first two books for me. I think this is mostly because I missed some of the snark and banter, which was such a big part of the previous books.
It also took a bit long for the two of them to get together and while I am a big fan of the slow burn, I just wanted them to get on with it already. The secret pining for one another was getting on my nerves a bit. Everyone could see they belonged together!!
That said, once they do get together, they definitely set the sheets on fire!!! Their communication is for shit though, so they have lots they have to work on!
I also really liked catching up with Gabe and Dylan and Jude and Asa. They all have their little part in this book, but if you haven’t read those yet, no worries, this one can be read as a stand-alone.
I can’t wait to see what this wonderful author has in store for us next…maybe Silas???… Let’s hope! 😉
I highly recommend this series if you’re a fan of funny, steamy and romantic gay romance!!