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- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (June 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DK5KYMB
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Nobody Else’s was just too freaking cute. I’ve become a fan of Nell Iris’ novellas over the past year, loving that the author gives me just enough of a look at a couple and where they’re at in their lives and relationship, yet leaves me wanting more of their story because I’ve enjoyed my time with them. Within a couple of hours, I’ve met new friends and fallen in love with them, and Beckett and Levi are no different.
Using the best friend’s little brother trope, Iris is able to start the story with a bit of built-in history that makes Beckett and Levi’s awkward dance both cute and believable. By changing narrators with each chapter, we learn that not only are both men attracted to one another, both doubt the other would see them as a potential love interest. Beckett has some self-esteem issues due to his less-than-fit appearance, not believing anyone, let alone Levi would be attracted to a boring man with a soft belly and three years on him. On the other hand, Levi worries that he’s too young at twenty-three to catch Beckett’s eye, worried he’ll always be seen as Matt’s little brother. But with the right stars and planets in alignment and some cheeky horoscopes to nudge them along, the two find themselves meeting up without Matt, getting to know one another better, and developing their own friendship. I had mixed feelings when Levi informed Matt that he planned on asking Beckett out, but that was because I went from wanting to throat punch Matt to wanting to hug him, after elbowing him in the solar plexus. But their talk gave Levi the courage to ask Beckett out and it was tooooooo funny watching Beckett go all teenage girl, giddy with excitement, when it happened.
While the date was perfect and demonstrated just how well Levi knew Beckett, I was a tad surprised with how far things went on their first official date – which is the only downside of this being a novella. Even with their built-in history and them having spent time together (including a spur of the moment dinner that could be considered their first unofficial date), I didn’t expect the clothes to come off. However, as neither man is a player and we know they both really like one another, it actually made sense story-wise and in the progression of their relationship. Both are men who prefer a quiet evening in, men who are looking for something long-term and see the potential for it with the other, men who look before leaping, so the decision to get physical fit who they are and is driven by feelings and a long-time attraction, not by lust. I always find meet-the-parents dinners amusing when the boyfriend already knows the parents but is meeting them as their child’s love interest for the first time, and Nell Iris didn’t disappoint. As I expected, the author left me wanting more, but left me with one of the cutest endings I’ve read in a while – I may have awwwww-ed at it. Nobody Else’s was a sweet read and was exactly what I needed this evening.
Please note: My review is of an unedited, pre-release copy of this book and assumes that any errors were corrected prior to publication.
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Beckett’s best friend, Matt, comes from a big family. As in, a really big one with eleven children. Matt is the oldest and his younger brother, Levi, is three years his junior. Levi is also the focus of Beckett’s crush. “I’d had a crush on him for years, but he was Matt’s little brother, and besides…what would he see in someone like me?” Beckett is a bit of a bear, hairy with a chubby belly. When he sees Levi, he “…pulled in my stomach and sat a little straighter. Not that it helped. My belly couldn’t be hidden.”
In a family of loud people, Levi is the exception. While everyone else is yelling over each other to be heard, he is quiet. He is a tech wizard, nearly dropping out of high school to open his business (though parents put the stop to that). His business is very successful and he lives in an apartment over the garage at his parent’s, helping out financially and with the siblings, particularly the Hell Sisters, twins age 5.
The story is told in back and forth first person point of view from both Levi and Beckett. This is something I always appreciate as I like to know the why of what each person does, says and how they react. It begins with Matt and Beckett meeting for a meal and Beckett is surprised by the arrival of Levi. I was a little surprised at Matt’s behavior – when Beckett reads a horoscope (which is racy, gay and funny) from a website, Matt is shocked. “It’s a site for gay people.” Because Beckett is bisexual and his last partner was female, Matt thought, well now he’s straight. Which is sad considering Levi is gay, but they call him out on it.
I loved reading the horoscopes, one for each chapter. First it was surprising and then they were funny. You can see where it’s going early but that didn’t detract from them at all. That’s the kind of horoscope I would read!
The story is sweet with very little angst, if any. Beckett is a serious Harry Potter fan, which I enjoyed, being one myself. Beckett is an accountant and offers to help Levi with his business accounting and that’s how the courtship begins.
“Levi: Why would you offer something that valuable to me?
Beckett: Because you always help everyone else. It’s time someone has your back.”
Like I said, sweet. There is quite often mentioning of how each thinks the other is so cute and so kind. I liked that when Levi talks to Matt about asking Beckett out, Matt gives the “don’t hurt my friend” speech to Levi, rather than to Beckett about Levi. Their first date is an amazing one and shows how much Levi understands Beckett.
The book is very relationship focused, with little outside plot. We get insights into both Levi’s and Beckett’s families. I liked this book but be warned that at times it is very sugary.
Cover art, depicting both Levi and Beckett, was pretty close to what I imagined they would look like.
This is a relatively quick read, but was still a satisfying and complete story. Both Beckett and Levi go through the “I really think he’s cute and I like him” phase, but they also get to demonstrate to each other how considerate and thoughtful they each are when it comes to the other—and that’s even before they go on their first date! It’s swoon-worthy and had me happy-sighing quite a bit.
Levi’s brother Matt—who is also Beckett’s best friend (so you’ve got the whole best friend’s brother/brother’s best friend situation going on)—is an interesting secondary character with his frankly oblivious attitude and stereotyping thoughts about those who are LGBT. But he does support both his brother and Matt, and provides some laughs…even if they are annoyed laughs…with his penchant for talking in texting acronyms.
This was a wonderfully sweet and uplifting story, with a bit of naughtiness peppered throughout in the form of some awesome daily horoscopes. Nobody Else’s was a 5-star read for me, and I do highly recommend it. I think once you read it you’ll Lima Oscar Victor Echo it as much as I did (you’ll need to read it to get that!); I know this is one I’ll be rereading in the future any time I want a pick-me-up. As sweet as it is, it still is for readers 18+ for adult language, a splash of sexual content, and those delightfully naughty horoscopes.