Auguries of Summer

Auguries of SummerTitle: Auguries of Summer
Author: Mel Bossa
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: April 24, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 193
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  3 flames out of 5
Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Easy-going Sebastien divides his time between working as a cleaning technician, caring for his widowed father, and running off to the park for soccer practice. Coasting through his existence, he’s convinced he doesn’t have much going for him.

That isn’t what his best friend Jack thinks. Quick-witted and passionate, Jack is fascinated by art and history, but the greatest book or painting could never compare to how he feels when he’s alone with Sebastien.

In the last five years, Seb and Jack have shared everything, sometimes even a bed. Yet though their chemistry is smoking hot, Sebastien keeps Jack at a safe distance. But when the two move in together to lower their living expenses, that distance gets smaller and smaller, until Sebastien and Jack are standing so close, they can’t see what’s right in front of their eyes … the love of their life.

This was a really sweet read that I had the pleasure of experiencing with my girl, Christelle. I’ve read several by this author. Her stories are hit or miss for me, and I needed a buddy to do this with me. Christelle loves me so she stepped up to the plate, so to speak.

Bossa weaves a fresh spin on friends to lovers, which I admit is a favorite trope of mine. Sebastien and Jack are our MCs and have been best friends for five years after a failed attempt at dating in the beginning. We do get both MCs’ POVs, though not in alternating fashion, but first half one and the second half the other. I really like when I get to see into the minds of both characters when I’m reading romance.

Jack and Sebastien are moving in together to save on money. We come to realize soon enough that, even though their romantic relationship ended five years ago, part of it never really died. More so for Jack than Sebastien. Add on that they’ve shared a bed randomly over that time frame, and yeah….complicated. They are so obviously the loves of each other lives, but it takes a while for these two to get on the same page with the communicating.

Bonus points to Bossa for the heavier hand when writing the smexy times than she has in the past!!

What I had a hard time taking in was why Sebastien was so relationship-phobic. That was never explained well. Additionally, Seb’s dad plays a fairly prominent secondary character who lives solely off of Seb’s money. And he’s an able-bodied man. Um….no. As a matter of fact, fuck no. And all he did was belittle Seb and Jack every time Jack’s name came up. So I say to Seb’s dad: “Peace out, mother fucker.” But Seb never did. He just kept on playing the doormat. Big strike for me.

When our boys finally get their shit together, it was really romantic and kinda swoony – in the best way possible. I can say I really liked this one, so I’m going with 3.5 stars.

 

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I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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