Title: Better With Bacon
Author: Matthew Lang
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, best friends to lovers, unexpected pregnancy, anguish, short story
Page Count: 93 pages
Reviewed by: May
Heat Level: 3.8 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When Patrick’s long-term girlfriend Li Ling dumps him just as he’s working up the nerve to propose, he ends up drunk on David’s couch—and later in David’s bed. Although initially reluctant to pursue anything beyond a one-time drunken tryst, David throws caution to the wind during an intimate dinner, where the two men also discuss Patrick’s dream of entering the food industry. Just as the friends-turned-lovers are settling into their new romance, Li Ling calls Patrick—she’s pregnant.
Convinced the announcement spells the end of their love affair and a return to their platonic friendship, David flees to Sydney to escape his heartbreak. But upon his return to Melbourne, David discovers the situation hasn’t gone the way he’d expected. There might still be a chance for David and Patrick’s dreams to come true if they can forgive each other’s mistakes and move forward.
This was a decent read and I would have felt more compelled to give it a better rating if I did not feel like it ended too abruptly and the way that it did.
I really like the storyline behind two friends taking their relationship a step past being just friends. But what I do not like is that both men was so willing to forgive the other for misgivings so easily as if there was no problems to begin with.
From Patrick’s point of view I cannot really blame him for the fact his ex calls him telling that she is pregnant. Not can I put any blame on him wanting to make the most of his new found singleness since he has spent most of all his time from a teenager with Li Ling and never been with anyone else. So when he wants to fulfill the need in him to be with his best friend Dave I can understand his need to have it all with him.
Dave is the one who really kind of upset me in this book because I feel like at the first sign of trouble he runs and jumps to his own conclusions about how he thinks things should be handled. He does not stick around to find out how Patrick feels and he pretty much immediately moves on as of things between the two never happened.
This was a good read but it definitely has the power to be an amzing read in my opinion if the book hold not have ended so abruptly and would have had he two men working on their problems togther instead of skipping over them. But regardless it was an interesting read and I feel others will think so also.
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