Author: NR Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 25th 2016
Page Count: 269 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.
Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.
A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.
Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.
Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.
Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.
NR Walker + Best friends to lovers =
NR has written some great stories this year, but she has saved the best for last. This was NR Walker at her best. In Switched, she gave us the story of two best friends- one of which has recently found out that due to human error was accidently switched at birth. Israel was never close to his parents but has always found comfort in his best friend, Sam. Sam has been there for him through it all, and it was no different this time.
-The plot. It was different- we don’t often get switched at birth stories, and then add a delicious slow burn with best friends to lovers- golden!
-Israel and Sam. Their characters and friendship were well fleshed out.
-The supporting cast- all of them. Their friends and family added substance to the story without overtaking it, and they also didn’t add unnecessary drama.
-Narration. The dual POV lover in me didn’t mind the first person in this instance. This was Israel’s journey with himself, his best friend, and his family.
-The pace of the story was quick and smooth. You can read this in one sitting and not realize it.
-Angst. This story had the perfect amount of angst. It will pull at your heartstrings, but Sam was there to comfort
us Israel through this emotional time.
-Relationship development. It was exceptionally written. I could gush on and on about this. I was GI-DDY.
-Slow burn. It’s not about the quantity of the sex scenes it’s about the quality of well-written chemistry and sexual tension. In this case, it was perfection. I had butterflies in my stomach.
-Humor and banter- they will always get extra points from me.
I can’t recommend Switched enough, you guys! Gaaah! Writing this review is making me smile because it’s bringing all the awesomeness that is Israel and Sam’s story. 5+ Stars!