by Casey Cox
Release Date: June 27, 2022
Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Genre: M/M Romance
Trope: Best friends to lovers, opposites attract, feel-good, satire
This was a really good best friends to lovers read, these two guys, Benji and Darren were so made to be together.
Both of the MCs had a lot of issues to work through to become their best selves; body image, self-esteem issues, self-worth, and mental health issues. After a 10-year friendship that could have been much more,
Darren has returned home from LA after his dream of becoming an actor is crushed, dealing with his feelings of not being enough and his long-held love for his best friend, when Benji needs help with writing his latest novel, Darren comes up with a plan to not only help him out but to finally make Benji see what has been in front of him the whole time. I really enjoyed the friendship these two shared, I loved the humour between them, the way they could laugh and communicate about nearly everything and that they really did have each other’s backs, it wasn’t just an empty promise.
Darren’s plan Operation BF2L (best friends to lovers) to help Benji with his novel, was such a lovely way to allow them both to open up and learn things about each other, to get Benji to see him in a different light. I enjoyed their walks and their chats about everything and anything.
At times my heart broke for the different things Benji and Darren were going through, but their friendship saw them through it all. I thought that the moments Darren’s dad opened up to him were really lovely and I think it’s a shame more parents don’t open up to their children in that way.
The RED’s were a fun bunch of older people who live in their building and they made for some amusing scenes, especially the first yoga scene when Benji is completely oblivious.
I really enjoyed this heartfelt novel which both tugged at the heartstrings and made me laugh and smile and believe in true love and HEA’s, just like a romance book should.
They don’t write romance novels about guys like me…
Trust me, I know. Crafting swoon-worthy happily ever afters is literally my day job. Being a quirky introvert with an overactive imagination, underwhelming social skills, and a few pounds overweight, I’m no leading man.
My best friend, though? He’s total cover model, call the plumber because I just flooded my basement material. He’s also outgoing, charismatic, free-spirited, and basically the best guy ever.
I may know romance, but I’m no dummy when it comes to reality. I’m nothing special. And the truth is, a guy like Darren would never fall for someone like me.
I’m the poster child for failure to launch. Twenty-seven, didn’t make it in Hollywood, forced to slump my sorry self back home to Australia with my tail in between my legs.
The only bright spot in my life is nabbing the apartment next door to my best friend, Benji. He’s like no one I’ve ever met. Genuine. Sensitive. Nurturing. A talented author. An amazing cook. So freaking handsome. And yeah…I am so stupidly in love with him it’s not even funny.
When Benji needs some inspiration to clear his writer’s block, I gladly help out. He wants to write a friends-to-lovers romance, and hello, I’m his best friend. This should be a cinch. It’s not as if he’s suddenly going to fall in love with me. I’m nothing special. And the fact is, a guy like Benji could do so much better than someone like me.
Nothing Special is a stand-alone best-friends-to-lovers MM romance with two lovable (yet totally clueless) besties, gray yoga pants hotness, sweet midnight walks, an apartment block filled with nosy neighbors, and one swoonariffic (and oh so special) happily ever after!
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About the Author
Casey Cox is an Australian MM romance author whose work includes the hugely popular VET SHOP BOYS series.
Casey loves spending time at the beach and is the proud paw-rent to two utterly adorable French Bulldogs – Ralphie and Lilly.
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