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Br0th3rly (Famous on the Internet, Book One) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01MT66HZV
- Language : English
- File size : 4841 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 182 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 519,618 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The main characters in this book are very well written, Tristan and Trevor each have their own problems and fight really hard to live within their family. You feel like reaching out and wrapping Tristin up to protect him from himself. This is a unique type of family story. Give it a go you will enjoy it if this is your genre
It is not clear however, whether the publisher knows that it is Tristan’s life story that he pens down to get away from the feels for his brother that has him feeling guilty and perverse. My heart went out to him even when we realised that no matter how hard he tries, and try hard he does, he cannot get out of this strange pull he has to his brother.
Trevor on the other hand turns out to be a really nice guy, albeit a little bit of a slag(is that a correct term for a man who sleeps around?... oh well!), totally against any type of commitment and makes it really difficlult for Tristan to let go of him, somehow nurturing the ever faint flame. Even though they’re not blood brothers, the relatioship, in Tris’ mind falls into an ‘iffy’ category having grown up together and he is all beat-up about it because he couldn’t have imagined a relationship with different feelings for Trevor any different that what it currently was even if they were.
In spite of all this, the brothers are really close, love and care about one another and it shows through the incredible flow of Alina’s writing. The angst, the hint of taboo and the love in this story made me want it to not end where it did, and I really, really hope to see these two in a later stage of life (*wink*).
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This novella is told from Tristan’s POV at age 22, who first discovered his attraction to his older brother when he was just 10 y/o. He has never acted upon these feelings and instead secretly fantasises they could somehow be reciprocated, but knows the reality would be revulsion (and probable disownment) from both Trevor and their parents, if his true feelings ever became known.
As much as I enjoyed this story, I also had a couple of niggles. One of which was Tristan’s voice at times did appear to be even younger than he was (probably more that of a sixteen year old?). His internal monologue almost began to sound whiny, self-involved and even self-deprecating at times - although don’t get me wrong, I’m not downplaying the seriousness of his predicament - but his constant reiteration of what a sexual deviant he must be for harbouring these feelings, really began to grate somewhat. Another thing that baffled me was Tristan entrusting his best friend with his whopper of a secret. I couldn’t fathom why he would divulge this potentially life-destroying information to anyone, when he endlessly harped on about what the probable outcome would be should anyone ever find out, therefore confiding in anyone just seemed unrealistic tbh.
And for anyone thinking this book was merely an excuse (as many in this genre are) to titillate the reader with explicit images throughout, would be entirely mistaken. In fact, nothing even remotely sexual happens between our protagonists until around 75% into the book, and even when they do get intimate, I would describe it as loving, cute and fumbling even, but in no way erotic or explicit, and it’s the unquestionable love between these young men that you get a real sense of more than anything.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one, although I would have appreciated seeing both MCs interact more with others. Apart from a small appearance from Tristan’s friend Sam, and of course their parents, we didn’t see them engage with anyone either separately or together, which I find doesn’t always give me a concise picture of who someone is outside of their relationship. That aside, I thought this was a fascinating read that held my interest throughout, coupled with the fact it turned out to be much more sweet and romantic than I’d initially thought it would be, and I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of this series.
Tristan's pov is done very well, I could feel his building frustration, the love, the lust, the misery he felt at his situation as if they were my own.
I liked his character, like I loved Trevor. Also, one of the things I liked most about this book were the blog posts Tristan wrote about his feelings. They were a very nice touch, that helped into getting in his shoes.
4 stars and not 5 because sometimes the dialogue didn't flow naturally in my opinion, and I would have liked to see more of Tristan and Trevor finally together, but a fantastic read. I will definitely read it again!