More Than a Friend is a short and delicious friends to lovers romance from one of my gay fiction authors, Nic Starr.
Tim is a chef at Poppy’s Pantry in the town of Blue Point. He is loyal, amiable, and enjoying his newly single status after breaking up with girlfriend Erica.
Scott is the brother of Tim’s best friend. He is the assistant manager at Poppy’s and openly gay, but struggling to hide his crush on Tim.
During the first half of More Than a Friend, Starr concentrates on fleshing out Tim and Scott’s characters. They are immediately likeable, but we grow to understand how a relationship between them could affect the dynamics within their friendship group, particularly with Paul, Scott’s brother.
Although Tim’s last relationship was with a woman, there are certain hints about his bisexuality and past experiences with men. However, we recognize the change in him as soon as he acknowledges his attraction towards Scott and how much more at ease he is with himself.
Starr does explore the sexual chemistry between Tim and Scott, but these scenes are brief and instead the story’s focus is upon how the feelings between the two men, who have known each other all their lives, develop.
More Than a Friend is the second book in Starr’s More Than series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.
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