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On one had we have the premise - "I'll lie to him and emotionally blackmail him to get what I want" - which pisses me off, and on the other we have the execution which is actually pretty good. Granted, the characters could use some more development, but this is a short story, so I'm going to let that slide. However, if this was a novel, I would've taken 1/2 star (although you know I use things other than stars to rate books) because of them.
Anyway, as I said, one of the characters - Jonah, lies, hoping that would help him start a relationship with Laurie. After I got over my desire to jump in the book, grab Jonah by the shoulders and shake him until I gave him a concussion because that was an ass of a move for him to make, I actually had fun with the book.
The writing is simple, but pleasantly so, the thing you'd want to peruse when you've had a long day and just want to chill. There's some drama, but not too much of it, and while Jonah managed to make me angry on one other occasion before the book ended (I'm not going to give you details about this part as that would contain spoilers), I actually kind of like him. Even though he did some very stupid and downright immoral things (again: you want a relationship with someone and you lay down the foundation for that with a lie and emotional blackmail?!).
All in all, Wanting by Piper Vaughn is a pleasant short read to engage in on a Sunday afternoon.
I'd recommend Wanting to people who enjoy "my brother's best friend" and "friends to lovers" type of stories.
This was such an enjoyable read and I never wanted it to end. I loved both Laurie and Jonah and I was so happy to see them together. It's short but sweet and Piper Vaughn does a great job of packing a lot of story into a short amount of pages.
Jonah has crushed on his older brother's best friend for years so he thinks a simple lie will be ok if it means he can be with Laurie; but Jonah wants more than just a a few nights with Laurie. Laurie isn't sure exactly when he started seeing Jonah as an attractive man but he won't act on anything as long as it could ruin his friendship with Marcus.
WHAT WORKED FOR ME
-- I really enjoyed this one and wish it could have been longer because I loved both these guys. For such a short novella, this was very well developed and felt much longer to read than it actually was.
-- Jonah might be inexperienced but he knows what he wants and he's not afraid to go after it. He's also surprising protective of Laurie and I truly enjoyed the confrontation between Jonah and Travis -- Travis so had that coming.
-- Laurie was so sweet and gentle with Jonah and he really wanted to make sure Jonah's first time was something he could cherish. Jonah was his friend first and he wanted to do right by him but also move into this new phase of their relationship. They were really great together.
-- I also really liked Marcus and he was a great friend to Laurie. I was surprised with how the best friend's sibling issue worked out and I actually liked it more than the usual angry confrontation that occurs in these types of books. Marcus recognized Laurie's worth and how he would be the perfect guy for Jonah.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK FOR ME
I loved this little novella. It probably falls more accurately under the New Adult section because these are young guys (one just finished high school, the other is in college), but it didn't have the angst those books normally have. What it did have was a truly heartwarming, sweet, romantic story. This would be the perfect read while sitting at the edge of the lake one afternoon during the summer. It's one of those books that works in that setting and just leaves you with a feeling of peace and happiness.
Jonah has crushed on his older brother's best friend, Laurie, for years. The summer before he goes to college, he comes up with a plan. He asks Laurie to take his virginity...under the guise of that he doesn't want to go to college as a virgin and he'd rather his first time be with someone he trusts. The truth is he just really wants to have sex with Laurie and he wants his first time to be Laurie and only Laurie. Laurie is actually okay with this... at least in theory. He's been aware of Jonah too, but this is his best friends little brother. There are boundaries with friendship that makes this a bit awkward.
I enjoyed the way this all played out. I liked all the characters...even Marc, the older brother and friend. Like I said, it would make a great quick summer read. It's short, but I don't think it lacked for anything. There was great character and story development and I loved watching these guys' relationship develop.
I thought this was a really sweet story with some steamy scenes mixed in. Laurie was so patient and sweet with Jonah, and I loved how Jonah stood up for Laurie later in the book. It was also refreshing to read a story without all of the angst of an unaccepting family(although I do understand that is the case sometimes). This was a really short read but I thought the author did a great job at helping you fall for the characters in that time. I loved it so much I just purchased the follow-up Giving In because I wanted to read more about them.
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