Kim Fielding
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
March 2015
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

It's time for Austin Beier to grow up. His car is falling apart, his roommates are less than ideal, and he's just been fired for the umpteenth time. His love life hasn't evolved past bathroom hookups at his favorite clubs. Forced to borrow money from his father yet again, Austin is walloped by an epiphany—he needs someone to mentor him into maturity. And who better to teach him how to be an adult than Ben, his father's office manager? Cute in a nerdy sort of way and only a few years older than Austin, Ben is a master of organization and responsibility. But as he gets to know Ben better, Austin learns that whether you're eight or twenty-eight, growing up is never easy.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Apr 20, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
147 people found the following review helpful
Gotta love a cute nerdy guy with the hot party boy.

Austin can't keep a job and he can't seem to keep any money. That's what partying all the time does to your pockets, I suppose. But he really is a good guy and most definitely has a heart. His dad is almost done with being disappointed with him since Austin keeps on with the same old sob story. Well, Austin is done with disappointing his dad. He needs to grow up. What better way than to have his dad's office manager, Ben, show him how to be an adult?

Oh, Ben is adorably nerdy and I fell in love with him right away. He had some great tips for Austin and helped him in his journey to maturity. But Austin noticed that Ben needed some tips, too. Ben needed to relax.

They balanced each other beautifully and I really wish there was a bit more development in their relationship. There was some, in the beginning, but then came a misunderstanding that took away too much of their page time. I understood the misunderstanding and why it was there, but I think the believability of the romance suffered. This conflict was resolved in just a couple of pages and all of a sudden they were in love and talking about forevers. I didn't buy it. I actually would have liked a HFN better than an HEA in this case.

GROWN-UP had a really strong start and some utterly likeable characters that made up for the quick ending.
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