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Keeping secrets from your best friend isn’t right, but it’s easier than admitting you’ve fallen in love with him.
Sharing a late-night kiss with his best friend, Alex, is Riley’s dream come true. Waking up to discover Alex was too drunk to remember anything is more like a nightmare. Scared the truth could destroy their friendship, Riley keeps quiet and pretends nothing happened.
Alex can’t shake the feeling that he said or did something stupid on their group’s drunken weekend away—why else would Riley be avoiding him? Although the explanation he finally gets sounds plausible, Riley’s still acting strange, and trying to figure out why that is unearths emotions Alex has worked hard to bury.
Riley knows not telling Alex how he feels is probably selfish, but he wants one last normal Christmas before he has to come clean and face the potential fallout.
He should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.
I really wanted to love this truly I did, but I got so tired of them walking in circles around one another. It’s an average friends to lovers trope, nothing spectacular but I did enjoy the writing a lot. Alex & Riley are best friends and have been inseparable since forever! I think I was more in love with the setting of the story. It was a wonderful experience reading, and I love reading about staying at the lodge.
Too bad the setting couldn’t be the entire book. I dislike miscommunication/or no communication. For this book, I’m pretty pissed off more because they are best friends who talk about everything and yet they never discuss feelings towards one another. I do find it hard to believe that it never came up. It just doesn’t seem realistic. I don’t think if I have a best friend and have some sort of attraction towards them that it’ll never come up. I don’t think that everyone else can see it except the intended target.
I am not sure how I feel about Alex & Riley together. I didn’t really see the connection or feel the love between the two. I mean, I know Riley likes Alex, but Alex never talked about his feelings for Riley. It kinda seems one-sided or them being together just because they can be.
All in all, I think it was an o-k read. It didn’t bring me necessary holiday joy, but it was low-steam and an okay friends to lovers trope. I do enjoy Jacobs writing, and look forward to more from her!