Title: New Eyes
Author: T.K. Paige
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary love, short story, unrequited love, best friends to lovers
Page Count: 68 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2.4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sometimes, all it takes to find what you need is to look closely at what has been there all along.
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.
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
General Release Date: 27th December 2016
Sometimes what you have looking for is right in front of your face? The problem is most of the time, we do not see it until it is too late.
This book was a short story but in the time frame it took to read it, there was an amazing story that unfolded before your eyes. I honestly did not realize it was as short as it was because he storyline was done so beautifully that I was not concerned with how many pages there was but instead I was engrossed in the read and what would happening with the characters in this book. Once I was done with this book I was really surprised how short it was because it not often you can get a whole story out with just a few pages like in this book.
Jed is really just blind. He does not realize that all the times that he thinks about Doyle and how he is treated or what he is doing or how he misses him when they are not around each other is because he has fallen for his best friend. Doyle’s feelings for Jed is obvious but Jed does not see them even though it is not hard to see if you are really paying attention.
I am glad that Doyle finally decided that the time for waiting and hoping is over and desires to step up and tell Jed how he feels. This is exactly the push Jed needed to deal with his own feelings for Doyle and finally admit they are no longer strictly best friend feelings.
I really felt for Doyle because you could tell that he felt so much for his best friend and he was scared that if things ended badly then he would lose his best friend in the end. But neither of these men realized is they was already in a relationship with each other just without the extra benefits. Everything either of them did always revolves around what was best for both of them and not just one of them.
Once it comes down to Doyle telling Jed how he feels about him, it is up to Jed to decide if he wants more with Doyle or if he wants things to stay the way they are now and watch Doyle move on with his life once and for all.
This book may have been short but it was a really great read. I really enjoyed watching these two men decide if they wanted to stay only best friends or if they was ready to take a leap into the unknown and hope to come out on the other side together.
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