Title: Absolutely Eric
Author: Erica Pike
Cover Artist: Deana C. Jamroz
Publisher: MLR Press
Buy Link: Buy Link Absolutely Eric
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: Novel (267 pages/78,000+ words)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: Through his friendship with Jesse and Adam, Eric has seen the type of love he wants for himself. A series of bad decisions and miscommunication leads him to love but there is a great deal of pain along the way. Absolutely Eric is a well-developed, emotional romance that focuses on the strength and support that can be gained through the love of friends.
Blurb: Twenty year old college student Eric Wesley is looking for love, but instead of choosing Mr. Right, he goes after Mr. Wrong.
Eric Wesley is short and snazzy, hot and happy. Or that’s what he thought. After three years of living on the wild side he’s tired of being a playboy and wants to find love.
Eric, however, has never been in love before and doesn’t see that the guy who’s been gazing at him all summer might be Mr. Right. Alexander Centauri isn’t only style-less and clumsy, but also terribly awkward. After a miserable date, Eric plants Alex on another guy’s lap and goes after Mr. Wrong…who looks so right.
When Eric realizes his mistake, it might be too late.
When I first read this book I had a difficult time relating to Eric. He seemed fun but incredibly young and confused. I couldn’t see how Alex could love someone like that. I liked the book and was intrigued enough to go back and read the first Boston Boys book, A Life Without You. I loved it, but more importantly I loved Eric after seeing what a great friend he was to Adam. Once I saw that side of him, I decided to read Absolutely Eric a second time. Do yourself a favor and read A Life Without You before starting Absolutely Eric, you can’t fully appreciate Eric if you don’t.
Eric is friends with Adam and Jesse. After an up close and personal evening spent with the couple he is struck by the strength and depth of their love for each other. He longs for a love like that. His quest for it leads him into a relationship with Rafael. Eric is a little young, a lot naive and makes some really bad decisions. I had a difficult time watching him allow his boyfriend to treat him so badly and an overwhelming urge to shake Eric and tell him he deserved better than that. While all the drama with Rafael is taking place, Eric is getting to know Alex better. He’s a little older and had already learned the lessons in life that Eric was still working through. Even when Eric hurt him, Alex still tried to reach out and help. He always treated Eric with respect and genuinely cared about him.
One of my favorite things about these books is the group of friends. They’re a great group of guys and Eric was so lucky to have them. They came and went throughout the story but when Eric needed them they were all there for him. Another thing going for this book is that the pace of the story was perfect. The development of the relationships, the build up of angst, and the ultimate turning point were everything I hope for when picking up a book. My only complaint is my frustration over the lack of communication between Eric and Alex. It works well in the story but being frustrated through most of the book did take away from my enjoyment of it. Overall though, it’s a really good book and I recommend it, just make sure to read A Life Without You first.