Book Reviews

Waiting, Hoping, Wishing by Nic Starr

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 18-April-2015

Book Blurb

This is the story of best friends Dean and Matt. Friends since childhood, they are close but not as close as Dean would like them to be. When Matt moved to Melbourne with his partner, Dean finally let go of his dream for them to one day be together. But when Matt calls to say his relationship has failed, Dean dares to feel a glimmer of hope. But he needs to overcome his own fears if he is to fight for their happily ever after.

This story was written as part of the MM Romance Group's 2014 Love's Landscapes event. The story was written in response to a photo prompt with a very specific request for a story.

Melanie requested the following "He’s been waiting for that text for more than a week. Please tell us either what happens next or what happened to get him here and whether he frowns or smiles next."


Book Review

Sometimes hope is all that keeps us going. Dean and Matt understand each other better than most people ever do. They love each other, but never crossed the line between best friends and lovers. Their lives took different directions; Dean went into an apprenticeship to be a plumber and Matt went to university and then on into business. Now that Matt is free again, he comes back to the comfort that is Dean, to recover from the pain of a broken relationship. Dean has been waiting for an opportunity like this to come along. But they are so different now. Will the changes in their lives prevent them from becoming lovers?

Dean is a well-respected plumber who loves his job. He works with a great, highly skilled team of guys, but they are often insensitive to other people's feelings, particularly gays. It hurts Dean when they make homophobic slurs, but he's not out at work, so he has to laugh right along with them. He's terrified of losing his job and the respect of his coworkers, but he's more terrified of losing a chance to be with Matt. Dean knows that he has to tell the men, but can't decide when or how. In the meantime, Dean knows that Matt is getting impatient with him because he's still in the closet to the men he works with side by side every day. Dean isn't able to live honestly and that is never good. He has a lot of soul searching to do before he puts his fear behind him and can live openly.

Matt has always been out, but Dean has chosen not to be, at least not outside his family. When they were young, Matt never realized how much agony he put Dean through by hooking up with other guys when they went out together. He just never expected that Dean could ever think of him in a romantic way. When he comes back after his latest breakup, he instinctively knows that Dean is the one who can help him heal. Being together is like old times, only better. Finally, Matt tells Dean how much he wishes things had been different when they were young and Dean is flabbergasted. He had no idea Matt could feel that way. They decide they don't want to waste anymore time getting together. But, it's not that easy. Matt has to go back and get his business straightened out there before he can come back. They both miss each other, so Dean goes down there to see Matt; but their tryst is interrupted unexpectedly and their happy, romantic meeting arrangements don't go as planned.

I truly enjoyed this sweet, endearing romance between two old friends who become lovers. It has some angst, but not so much that it overwhelms the story. It also brings up important subjects like homophobia and gay bashing. I loved Dean's family and their interaction, especially his sister's matchmaking. The sex scenes were passionate and loving and fit into the story perfectly. If you like stories that are short and sweet, with little stress, perhaps something to read while having a cup of tea, then you may enjoy this romance.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 61 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-September-2014
Price FREE
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