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More Than Friends: Book 1 of the More Than Friends series Paperback – December 5, 2012
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Aria Grace's debut M/M romance, More than Friends, will capture your heart and leave you wanting more. A sweet story about a guy who realizes that everything he thought he knew about love might have been slightly off when he finds himself attracted to a man. He doesn't think he's gay and definitely doesn't want to be...but he can't explain the connection that he feels building with a new friend.
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Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Aria enjoys the year round sunshine and laid back environment of the west coast. She lives with her husband and two children on a quiet hill that gives her lots of time to read and write. Her first series was a semi-traditional look at sexy gigs found online. She has now ventured into the exciting M/M world of gay romance. She loves to hear from readers so please feel free to drop her a note or visit her at her website.
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His friend, Paul, takes him to a bar to try and help him move on. There, Ryan meets a girl named Drea and they end up going back to her place. She introduces Ryan to her cousin, Zach, and then heads off to sleep (apparently she notices the lack of chemistry just as much as Ryan). Zach and Ryan briefly chat while Zach remains preoccupied with playing video games.
However, they soon meet up again and have a great time. They end up spending more time together afterwards and Ryan begins feeling confused about his true feelings for Zach.
I enjoyed the story and was rooting for them to get together towards the end. Ryan seems so unsure of himself, but Zach makes the perfect companion for him. The natural progression of the story made it an enjoyable read.
Overall, it has a great balance of story, personal acceptance, and intimacy.
On the not so good side...it's not that these things I'm about to complain about are bad so much as they are unrealistic.
The first time they have sex, there's no lubrication used. And yet, somehow they still managed to enjoy themselves. It doesn't work like that. For a woman who's never been a gay man, she actually did pretty well. Just...this one was a big deal. I don't think her goal was to make her readers shake their heads and think, "ooph, that's not going to end well."
As a GFY story, I would have said this failed. GFY has to be expertly crafted to pass the sniff test, because stuff like that just doesn't happen in real life. For a straight guy to get so close to a gay friend that he actually falls in love, I need a believable explanation. I wouldn't have called this story believable enough to qualify as a good example of GFY. (As you might imagine, I haven't found too many that DO qualify.) All the same, I don't actually think it turned out GFY. It was more of a sexual awakening sort of story, and...Grace didn't do too badly. In case I'm not being clear, the "straight" character didn't strike me as having a one-time, one-dude-only experience. Instead, I just wanted to shake my head and mutter something about how "they're always the last to know."
For all my talk about realism, I don't actually expect romances to be utterly realistic. I mean, if I wanted embarrassing noises and farting in bed and "Get off...no, I mean get off ME! That hurts!" I'd just go to the bar, you know? But if an author wants me to buy into the fiction she's selling, I need her to give me a reason to think the story could actually happen. I can suspend disbelief to some extent, but once you cross that line...
This one was close, though. And it really did have its good points. I'm not at all sorry I read it.
This story was short, sweet, and to the point. I enjoyed it. I think it was a good "discovering who you really are" story.
After a hard breakup, Ryan had spent his time moping about and feeling down. He though a night out with the guys, and going home with a hot girl would help him. It helped him...just not in the way he could have ever imagined.
When Ryan meets Zach, it's not instant chemistry. But they can't seem to get off each other's minds. Ryan was confused by his sudden feelings and tried to deny them.
"I'm not going to push you, but I think you are lying to yourself."
I really liked that Zach wasn't forceful in this situation. He took his time with Ryan. I do think that this story could have had a bit more character development, but with it being such a short read, I can understand why it was lacking.
This was my first Aria Grace book, and I have a feeling that it won't be my last! If you enjoy m/m books, or if you just want a quick, sexy read, I think this is a good one.
"Ryan knew that what they were doing wasn't wrong. It was exactly right."
The cast of characters that the series introduces you to is a varied lot..former prostitutes, .com moguls, mob bosses, truck drivers, forensic scientists and a waffle mogul who you might hate at first but will steal your heart when you aren't looking and they form a net of friendships that you will wish you could be a part of.
So as introductions go you can't get better..keep going because it only gets better.
Zach is definitely the H in this story and was well written. I liked how he had banter between he and Ryan when they interacted.
Ryan went from one extreme to the other and I found it a little unbelievable with him to relate to a real person.