Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Best of Both Worlds & Coming Full Circle by Liz Andrews

Title:  Best of Both Worlds
Author: Liz Andrews
My Rating: A


Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: - Prequel to Coming Full Circle
Main Characters: Chase & Alex
Release Date: January 2012
ISBNe-book
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: erotic


Story Overview:
Sometimes you just have to come right out and ask the question. 

Friends and Lovers, Book 1 

After months of exploring his bisexuality on his own, college student Chase Randolph is ready for a night out on the town—all the way “out”. He never expected Alex Landry to witness his first experimental sexual encounter, though. Chase has been attracted to his best friend and roommate forever, but one thing is sure: Alex is straight. So straight, he’s never caught on to Chase’s mixed tastes. 

Alex assures Chase they will always be friends, but privately, his own reaction shocks him. An ex-jock isn’t supposed to fantasize about his roommate. Not supposed to need another man’s kiss so badly it makes him sweat. He was prepared to change direction after his football career ended before it began, but change this drastically? 

As Chase and Alex struggle to come to terms with the changes in their relationship, jealousy pushes friendship to the brink—of disaster…or love. 

Product Warnings: No heaving bosoms here, just two gorgeous guys, lots of muscles and some closet doors banging wide open.


My Review:

I truly loved this book. I thought that it was seriously hot and sexy. This book featured one of my favorite tropes...friends to lovers, but with guys.

Alex and Chase have been friends forever and have been roommates all through college. Chase has been aware of his attraction to both guys and girls for a while, but has never acted upon his attraction to guys before. The problem is that he's secretly in love with Alex and Alex is purely heterosexual. So Chase starts going out to experiment. The problem arises when Alex walks in on Chase during one of his experiments...and unknown to Chase, Alex is turned on by what he saw. So not only is Alex dealing with the shock of finding out that his best friend is attracted to guys, but he's also dealing with the shock of the fact that turns him on. He's never been attracted to other guys before.

Like I said, I loved this book. I thought that it was really hot and I liked both of these guys. Alex was a college football player, but has just blown out his knee. Already, his world has been turned upside down. Throughout the book, he is in a lot of pain and walking with a cane. Alex is the big muscular jock, but Chase is the alpha in their relationship. I liked that. There was a lot of depth in their relationship, first because they are best friends and know how to read each other. Neither one wants to lose their friendship just for some experimenting, so there is a lot of doubt and worry throughout. I thought that it was really well done.

But a warning, some people have REALLY hated this book because of the way that the author phrased things, but I didn't have any issues. I thought that it was fabulous. Also, I knew when I read this book that this was a new release so I was shocked when I found out that this book is actually the prequel to the book, Coming Full Circle, a triad book that came out in 2009. That review is up on here too. I didn't like it quite as much as this one, but they are both good, entertaining reads. I just thought this one was much better for the development of the relationship between the characters.

Title:  Coming Full Circle
Author: Liz Andrews 
My Rating: B-

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Sequel to Best of Both Worlds
Main Characters:Chase, Alex, & Jasmine
Release Date: July 2010
ISBNe-book
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: erotic



Story Overview:
They’ve waited ten years. Will they finally gain everything they ever desired…and more? 

There’s only one bright spot Jasmine Hayes can see when she’s suckered into helping plan her high school reunion. At least she’ll be able to reconnect with old friends Chase Randolph and Alex Landry. There’s nothing she regrets more than losing touch with those two handsome guys. 

Chase and Alex hadn’t planned to attend the reunion, but the chance to see Jasmine again has Chase intrigued. Alex is his best friend and love of his life, but Jasmine will always be the girl who got away. 

One instant message is all it takes to center Alex’s thoughts on a lusty reunion with Jasmine. He’s extremely happy with Chase, but she’s always been the girl of his dreams. He can’t help but wonder if the chemistry the three of them had in high school is still there. 

Renewing old ties, however, puts triple the strain on some old ones. The choice they face is which ones to risk severing—and which ones are worth keeping.


My Quick-Review:

I fell in love with Chase and Alex in Best of Both Worlds. Unfortunately, that just didn't translate well for me into this book. Not that there was anything wrong in this book. It was entertaining and I enjoyed reading it. For me, I just didn't feel the chemistry between Jasmine and the two guys. I liked the story line, but the relationship seemed completely rushed and more about the sex rather than the characters and their personal chemistry. I enjoyed both books, but for me personally, Best of Both Worlds will go into the re-read pile, while this one probably won't.

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