Genre: Contemporary Romance.
What if you fell in love with your best friend?
Ben Cooper has spent his life trying to make others happy and sacrificing his own dreams. When one fateful night with his best friend gives him a glimpse of what the future could be, he needs to find the courage to follow his heart.
One night gives Spencer Henderson a tantalising taste of the man he loves. But he doesn’t fit into Ben’s future plans—Spence is a complication. Running may be the only option to protect his heart.
With trouble escalating at home and Spence out of reach, Ben’s life will finally spiral out of control.
Always Been You is a standalone M/M romance between best friends who fear taking the next step in their relationship and need to find the courage to risk it all for their HEA. It features an emotional hurt/comfort theme.
Nic Starr has been one of my go to authors for a sweet romantic read ever since I discovered her writing, and this story reminds me why. The characters and their story pulled me in immediately, and I quickly became invested in needing to make sure they got their happy ending, which made this a one night read for me.
This is a lovely sweet read with some emotional angst. Ben and Spencer are very likeable, although they both need to learn that communication makes things better and avoids a whole lot of strife. I loved the side characters too—they feel very real, and enrich the story as well as provide support for the MCs. Friends and family play a huge part in this story, which I think is one of its strengths.
Ben’s father is a total piece of work, and I thought the way he controlled and manipulated his family came across very well. I loved Spence’s mother. She’s not only very supportive, but a voice of reason too. I really felt for Suzy and the situation she finds herself in, and I liked her and Ben’s friendship.
An added bonus is the Australian setting. I love books set down under.
5 out of 5 stars.