Dual Review: A Serious Thing and A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs

Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.

Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.
Patrick has a plan, and he’ll go to great lengths to see it through.

After three weeks apart due to work and school commitments, he and Will are finally getting to spend some time together. Patrick is staying with Will over the Christmas holidays, and he intends to tell him how he feels on Christmas Day. It’s going to be perfect.

But of course, Patrick’s plans don’t always go smoothly…

I'm not sure I can say how much I loved these stories. I don't know about you guys, but I have certain reading 'moods', where I crave different types of stories; fantasy, angsty, paranormal, heartbreaking, erotic...and many more, I read books like I eat, at different times I fancy different things.

One 'mood' I come back to time and again is the need for a simple romance story. The type with low to no angst. The type that will make me smile. The type that feels like a warm hug I can just melt into. I will never not crave these stories and with Will and Patrick, Annabelle has absolutely nailed it as far as I'm concerned.

In A Casual Thing we meet these two guys, brother and best friend of Ben. To add a little something into the mix, Will (best friend) is the object of Ben's (brother) desires, and has been forever. The resulting story is everything I hoped it would be; sweet, romantic, sexy, fun, delicious. Heartwarming. I'm getting a stupid smile on my face just thinking about it as I write this. It's all just gorgeous. They decide to have a fortnight of no-strings fun...


As if. I like strings and sexy romantic blokes falling in love.


In A Serious Thing, we see that no-strings didn't really work out. At all. GOOD. It means the romance continues in this short story that is a perfect follow up. My melted heart just got meltier. It is just perfectly gorgeous and I loved every second of these stories. 

If you're after a plain old toe-curling romance, look no further than these two British boys; I guarantee they'll melt the hardest of hearts.

Oh and A Serious Thing is FREE at Dreamspinner Press. 

A copy of these books were given in exchange for an honest review.
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