Title: New Eyes
Author: T.K. Paige
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: 29th Dec, 2016
Genre(s): Best Friends to lovers, Novella
Page Count : 52
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Roommates Jed and Doyle have been best friends since meeting in college. They have supported each other through all their ups and downs. Now that they’ve graduated and are starting new jobs, they have no intentions of letting that change anything. Doyle is everything Jed isn’t—smart, cute and active at the LGTB center. Jed has always looked out for his friend and been there for him. They have plans and an amazing friendship, everything planned out to the smallest degree.
Any changes could make it all go off the rails. So why can’t Jed get over how annoying he finds Doyle’s ex turned friend, who seems to be around way too often? Why can’t he stop noticing Doyle in new ways?
If Jed doesn’t take a risk, he could miss what’s been there all along.
Sometimes, all it takes to find what you need is to look closely at what has been there all along”
“New Eyes” is a novella with a friends-to-lovers story. It was short and sweet but at the end it left me wanting for more.
The story is about Jed and Doyle, who are best friends. Doyle has been in love with Jed for a long time but Jed is oblivious of his best friend’s feelings for him. The whole story is from Jed’s POV and we can feel that he too has some fierce feelings for Doyle but is too blind to recognize it as love. So you can guess there is going to be some sweet, anticipatory angst which I lapped up with relish.
I liked the story and how the MCs finally realize that they are in love but it ends just when it starts getting better. The chemistry between the MCs was very much present but before anything could happen, we get “The End”. I wanted to see how the couple transition from friends to lovers and just how good their relationship as a couple would be, but alas there is nothing at the end to satisfy my cravings at all. I acutely felt the lack of a very badly needed epilogue for this story.
The story is able to capture the deep-seated feelings that the MCs had for each other while struggling and fumbling their way to an HEA. There are quite a few secondary characters who had very less page time but manages to add to the story beautifully nonetheless.
So except the disappointing ending, this novella manages to deliver on the angsty, anticipatory front. I would love to read more from this author.