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: Jia
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.
I enjoyed the first part of this book the most. The part where Ethan and his longtime girlfriend had broken up and Jase came through as a real good friend to support him – loved that part. Ethan had had feelings for Jase for a long time but it was first when Ethan admitted he liked guys that Jase suddenly started seeing Ethan in a different light, also loved that part. When things started happening between them it felt a bit fast though and I can understand Jase not having much time to figure things out. However.
His reaction, when coming back to real life from their little haven, gave the impression of Jase not actually caring so much about Ethan and being somewhat egotistical in how he suddenly hardly had time for Ethan because of work and the way he suddenly had lots of doubts -the way he treated Ethan felt wrong considering he cared so much for him before. Jase was scared for how others would take it but instead of talking to Ethan, whom he has known since childhood, he left Ethan feeling confused, insecure and generally bad. But in the end he came through for Ethan and put a smile on my face.
The ending was a very happy ever after, and it just felt a little too good, too smooth… But it is a good book worth reading. There’s some hurt/comfort and the whole friends to lovers with the added bonus that Jase wasn’t secretly in love with him already as the trend seems to be when it’s a friends to lovers plot.
There’s one thing though. Jase had been drinking and felt like he had sobered up enough to drive, the fact is his driving ability was still impaired and he should not have been driving (if it had been in real life). This is fiction, yes, but this subject shouldn’t be taken lightly as there are too many who actually believe they can drive after drinking, if they just wait awhile to sober up.