All He Ever Needed (Belen’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: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

This was so sweet, and lovely, and cute, and hot, and wonderfully low angst…Man, this gives me all the fluffy feels.

I loved Jase and Ethan. I totally bought into the setup; the way Jase and Ethan interact had me sold that this could totally happen.

In a single heartbeat of naked honesty, when the lie became too heavy to hold on to, the tight grip I’d kept on the truth had slipped and my world crumbled from the inside out.

I loved how Cate Ashwood portrayed Ethan’s coming out, and also that she didn’t make this a “GFY” or “STG” story, but instead allowed the Bi to shine for Jase.

“So, just like that, you’re just gay now?”

“Well… no. It’s not like a switch that gets turned off an on. I guess I’ve always had some attraction to other guys, but it wasn’t the same as the attraction I felt for women. If I had to pick a label, I’d go with bisexual, but until Ethan, I had a stronger preference for woman than men. Still though, it was always there.”

I loved how the relationship between Jase and Ethan, when they’re not worrying about the outside world, was pretty effortless and had me sighing with hopeful longing. When Ethan realizes Jase loves him back? Oh, my heart.

Everything was clicking into place. It had only taken setting my life on fire for it to happen, but if I’d known then what I knew now, I’d have done it years sooner.

The book has a great pace, and I was loathe to put it down the few times I had to. I liked the side characters (except Harmon and I’m not sure about Murello), and was thrilled none of the women are portrayed negatively. I’m absolutely enamored.

All He Ever Needed is told in first person, dual POV, and is a best friends to lovers romance, with low angst, scorching hot sexy times, and a super sweet happy ending.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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