The Sweetest Thing (Tosha’s Review)

Title: The Sweetest Thing (The Blackburn Brothers Duet Book 1)
Author: EM Denning
Publisher: Paper Gold Publishing
Release Date: October 23, 2019
Genre(s): Gay romance
Page Count: 190 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Scotty St. James has led a complicated life. He was once on the fast track to a career in professional sports but turned his back on a promising future to barge out of the closet in the most dramatic way possible. Now, he’s a hairdresser with a love of feminine fabrics, and a crush on his brother’s best friend, Nathan.

Nathan Blackburn is fleeing his over-protective mother. He’s glad to be back in the town he grew up in, even if he’s there to fix up his aging grandfather’s house. While visiting, he uses a hook up app and falls into bed with an alluring stranger. Only, the man he shares an incredible night with isn’t a stranger… it’s Scotty.

Despite the short-lived deception, Scotty and Nathan can’t stay away from each other. Fighting through family friction, personal responsibilities, and a limit on Nathan’s stay, their relationship turns into the sweetest thing either of them has ever known. With the clock running out and commitments rearing their head, Nathan will have to decide between fulfilling obligations, or following his heart.

This is what I consider a sweet love story with minimal drama. Sometimes a feel good love story is just what we all need!! And this is definitely one of them!! E.M. Denning did a great job on this book. The sweet factor is definitely a plus when reading this book but so is brothers best friend genre as well! Amazing love story!!

Nathan has not been home for a long time. But now that his grandfather needs the extra help with renovations to house, Nathan is back where he has always felt like was home. On his first night back he decided to hit up a hook up site and unwind some before he starts the renovations.

Nathan is enthralled with the guy that he meets on the site. Even more so when he walks into his apartment. After their time together, even though he would like to hook up with him again, he is not sure if that will happen or not. But the one thing Nathan never expected was to walk into his best friend Tod’s moms house and see the guy he just hooked up with the night before. Much less it turns out that the guy is Tod’s younger brother Scotty.

Scotty has made some dramatic changes since he last seen Nathan. Even as a teenager, Scotty was in love with Nathan but Nathan never looked twice at him. Now years later to have a day dream of being with Nathan come true, Scotty cannot seem to make himself regret it. Even though he knows Nathan would probably not have hooked up with him if he knew who he was. Now the question is, will Nathan continue to hook up with Scotty now that he knows who he is?

Nathan admits he freaks out when he realizes that Scotty is his hookup from last night but now that he has had time to think about it, he cannot make himself stay away. How is Tod going to handle his best friend and his brother hooking up? How will Nathan eventually going home affect the relationship that Scotty and Nathan seem to be building? When family issues arise and threaten to pull Nathan away too soon, how will these two men cope?

This was such a great read! I love sweet romances sometimes, especially when they have very little drama involved. I look forward to the next book in this series when it comes out!!

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Galley copy of The Sweetest Thing (The Blackburn Brothers Duet Book 1) provided by Paper Golf Publishing in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.
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