All He Ever Needed (Susan’s Review)

Title: All He Ever Needed
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 19th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 178 pages
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Some secrets are too heavy to hold on to forever.

For Ethan, pretending has become second nature. After all, he’s spent the last decade pretending to be straight, pretending to be happy, and pretending he isn’t desperately in love with his best friend. But in a single moment of raw honesty, all those lies come crashing down around him and he’s left wondering what to do next.

When Jase learns his best friend is going through a breakup, his first instinct is to come to Ethan’s rescue, and he knows just the thing to help. The cabin where they spent summers as kids is sitting vacant, and a week there is the perfect remedy to start healing a broken heart.

In the seclusion of the mountains, long-buried fears and emotions take their friendship into unexplored territory that will either bring them closer together… or tear everything apart.

On the one hand I really like friends-to-lovers GFY stories, but on the other hand, I loathe it when one of the characters has trouble coming out. I just don’t like that kind of trouble within the relationship.

This started out pretty good with Jase and Ethan going away to the cabin of Jase’s uncle. Jase has taken Ethan there after Ethan’s relationship with his girlfriend ended.

Ethan is grateful for the chance to get his bearings. But of course Jase wants to know why he ended things with Allison. And telling Jase he is gay, is a hard thing to do. Ethan doesn’t want things to change between them. Especially since he’s been in love with Jase for forever.

But when Jase learns Ethan is gay, he suddenly finds himself looking at Ethan in a completely different way. And it is not long before Jase suddenly can’t repress the urge to kiss Ethan anymore…

At first I was a bit puzzled about Ethan’s relationship. Apparently he was young, but came out of a relationship of 9 years. Turns out he was 22 and got together with Allison at 13. I didn’t quite expect that.

I did really like the first part where Jase and Ethan were at the cabin and were simply enjoying each other’s company (and the sexy times were pretty decent too). But I’m never a fan of the whole, I’m scared to come out, and please tell don’t tell anyone we’re together, trope. Jase got on my nerves quite a bit. Of course everyone should come out at their own pace, but the way he ran from Ethan did not earn him any point in my book.

I’m going with 3.5 stars because I did like the fluffy first half.

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