Are you feeling friendly?? In June last year, Holly released Just to Breathe which was written for Best Friend Day. Friends to lovers is not a trope I write often. I don’t read it all that often either. It’s not that I have anything against it. It simply doesn’t happen often.
This month, we’re all about friends, though. Or today, today we’re all about friends LOL.
Unless I have forgotten some story, I only have one friends to lovers tale – Kisses and Cabins. It’s a short story, and it was included in JMS Book’s 2021 Top Ten Gay Romance Anthology. Cool, ey?
Just to Breathe is a mistaken identity kind of story. Not between Matt and Nico, they’ve been best friends since kindergarten, but Nico gets kidnapped by some thugs who believe he’s someone else, and now he has 24 hours to hand over a thing. He has no idea what thing.
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Kace and Lukas have been best friends for over thirty years, but the last couple of years they haven’t talked much. Lukas’ girlfriend doesn’t like Kace, he doesn’t know why that is, but he’s dreading the wedding invitation or news about a baby on the way he suspects will reach him any day now.
One afternoon there’s a knock on Kace’s door. Lukas is standing outside, not to deliver a wedding invitation, but to ask if he could stay with Kace for a bit.
He is separating.
When Lukas kisses him, Kace doesn’t know what to do. He wants to kiss Lukas, but Lukas is straight, isn’t he? And even if he wasn’t, Kace doesn’t know if he can risk ruining their friendship. Lukas is the most important person in his life. He can’t lose him.
Nico Allegretti has been best friends with Matt Barnes since kindergarten. There is no one more important to Nico than Matt, and while he’s known for years Matt is the one for him, he’ll never tell him. He won’t risk ruining their friendship.
On his way to meet Matt at the restaurant, a case of mistaken identity ends with Nico in the trunk of a car. When he’s released, his kidnappers give him twenty-four hours to give them what they want. The problem is, Nico has no idea what that could be.
Not knowing what else to do, he turns to Matt, who is a cop. Together they go into hiding while looking for clues. Being kidnapped doesn’t change Nico’s resolve to not let Matt know how he feels, but hiding in a small cabin together makes it hard to ignore. Matt’s small touches and compliments must mean nothing. Had Matt felt the same, he’d let him know by now … right?