|Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska|
A Casual Thing
by Annabelle Jacobs
Length: 138 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Humor, M/M, Romance
Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.
Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.
My Review: 4 of 5 stars
A Casual Thing starts as light romance between twenty-two year old Patrick and Will. Patrick has been crushing on Will for awhile, and it doesn't take long for the proximity of living together to spark Will's interest and open his eyes to the fact that Patrick is all grown up now spark.
Despite their connection through Ben, Will's best friend and Patrick's brother, they don't know each other that well. The two weeks they spend together changes the dynamic between them as they discover how much they have in common.
The relationship between Will and Patrick is entertaining, and it's easy to see why they decide to act on their impulses instead of choosing the path that makes the most sense. The chemistry between the two of them is engaging, and the challenges they each must face while contemplating their future are real. Doing the right thing isn't always the easy thing, and more obstacles than just their age difference keeping them apart. Their story is believable, entertaining and realistic. It takes work and compromise to make a relationship work, and A Casual Thing is a true-to life-romance that flows easily from page to page.
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.
An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.