- Book Title: A Casual Thing
- Author: Annabelle Jacobs
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2015)
- Book Length: 156 pages
- Genre: Gay, Contemporary, Romance
- Reviewed by: Jill
- Rating: 3 Star
- Posting Date: August 6, 2015
A Casual Thing is a modest little story about Patrick and Will. The story covers Patrick’s final university summer break. Next year, the poor dear will have to get a real job. Of course, this summer he gets to share a house with his ultimate crush for two weeks. I’m not sure which is worse. At least, Patrick thinks spending two weeks living with Will is sure to be torture. Lucky for Patrick, he was wrong. The story starts out easy and stays that way throughout. The plot is pure romance. Will discovers Patrick is all grown up and quite attractive, with or without a towel. That leads to the “no strings fun” advertised in the blurb. The beginning of their relationship is really quite sweet. I laughed out loud several times. It’s funny that they agree to a little bit of fun, but then have problems finding time to get together. Not silly problems, real life work problems.
I smiled throughout. To be honest, I read this pretty quickly since I was hooked immediately. It’s really light. While the story doesn’t exactly meander, it does take its sweet time getting to the HEA. I enjoyed the journey. I have no problems with the plot. It makes sense and I followed the natural progression without getting thrown out of the story. This is an easy to read romance without any crazy plot machinations or stupid miscommunication drama.
We do get into both Will and Patrick’s heads. I guess that makes this dual 3rd person POV. Patrick is precious. I really liked digging around in his head. Will is different. I guess I would describe him as a bit uptight. He has the most angst regarding their arrangement. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Will. I also liked Ben. In fact, I liked all the characters. There were very few other characters, which is expected when the story is about the relationship. Most stayed in the periphery, so they weren’t really developed other than Ben. Again, that’s fine. By the way, Ben is an awesome brother. Just saying.
I have to give props to the author and her editing team. I don’t remember any grammar or spelling issues. Of course, I’m not nearly as good at the grammar as I like to think I am, but I feel confident the ARC I read was ready for publication.
Now for the part I’ve been struggling with for a week. Why I was disappointed. The lack of sex and the ending. I know it’s a romance, not erotica, but I like at least one sex scene showing how much the MCs are invested in the relationship. There is some fooling around, but no sex. It’s all sweet and almost YA. This is the first book I’ve read by this author; I don’t know if this lack of smexy times is standard. On to the ending. We time jumped from Will and Patrick deciding to try a real relationship with two more months before Patrick went back to Uni to Patrick leaving for Uni. Say what? We don’t get to see them go out, do things, have sex. Yes, I already said that, but it can be said again. We also don’t get to see them work on their relationship. This is a romance, shouldn’t we see the romantic parts? I would have liked this much better with less on the before they’re a couple and more couple time. Of course, I also want more romance and sex. Romance can be sexy and sex can be fun; put it on the page.
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.
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