“Hey, Ross.” Pretty light-brown orbs peered back at me, wide and just as mesmerising as I remembered. “Bloody hell, you’re a sight for sore eyes.”
I grinned, uncertain of the words that might fall out of my mouth.
I didn’t need to worry. In Dan’s next breath, he said, “Get your arse over here already and give me a hug.”
I ignored my brother’s snort as he snagged the beer from Dan and walked on past us.
A deep exhale escaped my lungs as I stepped forwards and pulled him into my arms. I wrapped myself around him, holding him tight. The feel of his large limbs, strong and firm, wrapped around my own frame made my heart sing.
“Good to see you too, mate. About time you made the move back to civilisation.” My grin remained wide when I eased away, his snort making me chuckle.
“Yep. You better believe it. You know, a Subway opened in town, and Bunnings got an extension. Civilisation at its best.”
Dan’s laugh washed over me like a familiar hug, the sensation warming me, much like the log fire already built in my sitting room did.
|I thoroughly enjoyed this slow-burn best friends to lovers romance. I really liked the Australian setting, I do enjoy a book set in my home country. Ross has been in love with his brother Craig’s best friend Dan for years but didn’t want to ruin a friendship by saying anything, especially when he thought Dan was only into women. When Dan returns to their small country town to make a new beginning, the two find every reason to spend time together, while both trying to hide their feelings towards the other. I really loved the dynamics between Ross and Dan and was hoping they would both wake up and tell each other what they were feeling. I liked Craig, he was a good brother and a good mate and I loved how he tried to push them together knowing how they both felt.
There are a few serious issues covered in this novel, bullying, homophobia, past emotional child abuse, these are tackled well and my heart went out to Ross for what he’d been through. He was a better man than me when confronted with his past.
The land and environment also play an important role, from drought to bush fires, these are major issues that farmers and many people in Australia face every year. I loved the way the town’s people pulled together when disaster strikes.
A really enjoyable read
Small-Town Australia | Friends to Lovers | Brother’s Best Friend | Rural Firefighter Hotness | Koala Rescue | Weather-Related Drama | A Not-So-Pleasant Blast From the Past | Hurt/Comfort |
It’s a tale as old as time.
I’ve crushed on my brother’s best friend since I sprouted hairs on the unmentionables. Once upon a time, he was straight, until he wasn’t… and talk about bad timing.
And when we’re finally at a place for me to make my move, sexy rural firefighter Dan clams up and acts weird and I’m left with pants that are too tight and my heart feeling bruised… but he’s a good friend and I’m grateful he’s in my life.
Because of course Dan is a good guy.
Though him being “good” and ridiculously easy on the eyes and possibly the best man I know only makes me want him more.
When we’re thrust into a situation that brings both of us close to danger, it’s hardly the time to be chasing first kisses or finally acting on my crush. But Dan doesn’t seem to mind.
I just know that when the stakes are high and emotions are running wild, sometimes you have to show your hand and go all in.
And that’s exactly what I plan to do.
High Alert was originally a 7,000-word short story in the March 2020 charity anthology “When the Smoke Clears.” It is now a 64,000-word full-length novel, complete with smouldering low-angst loveliness and a group of Aussie men who will capture your hearts.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Becca Seymour lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.
Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.