- Riptide Publishing
- Release Date
- August 2016
LGBTQ, New Adult
The struggle is real.
Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker's unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?
That's probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.
Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother's basement, but only barely.
Meeting Nick doesn't fit in with Jai's plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don't have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.
This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It's got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That's all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.
Oct 11, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
Experience meets inexperienced – let the fun begin!
Nick Stahlnecker has been crushing on Jai Hazenbrook, his co-worker at the construction site, since the moment he laid eyes on him. Nick is hoping that Jai will teach him all about sex before Nick is forced to attend college by his well-meaning parents. Since Jai is only here for the summer before taking off on his annual trip to another part of the world, he figures a no-strings-attached fling will be fun. When having fun becomes more serious, they will need to figure out if they can hold onto a real relationship.
Nick is awkward, has no direction for his future, has strange, humorous, nonsensical conversations in and out of his head, but fortunately for him, he's also adorable and sweet. My only issue with the story was that Nick sounded much younger than 18 which made the sex scenes seem awkward. Jai is enjoying his traveling life even though it means he has to spend summers living in his Mom's basement while working any job he can find.
Nick and Jai are a cute couple, and it was interesting watching them help each other through the summer in and out of the bedroom. Since neither of them had ever been in a relationship before, they had some challenges to deal with when they realized how much they cared for each other. Their family and friends also contributed some fun to the story. I really loved how the story ended.
An enjoyable new adult romance focusing on the confusion that many people go through after graduating from high school.
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