Reviewed by Susan65 and Morgan
Title: Not Every Time
Author: Alexa Milne
Heroes: Raziel Slade/Jack Hastings
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 54 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: What would you give up for love?
Raziel Slade and Jack Hastings have been best friends since Raz saved Jack’s life twelve years ago. Jack has spent years searching for the perfect woman with the help of his wingman, Raz, the man he thinks of as his guardian angel. At a company Christmas party, the world Jack thought he knew turns on its axis, and feelings he didn’t know he had punch him right between the eyes. Can Jack learn to see his friend in an entirely different way?
Openly gay, Raz loves his best friend and has given up more than Jack will ever know to be with him, but he’s never dared to tell Jack how he truly feels, or to reveal his true identity. For twelve years, he has waited in the wings.
Now, with Jack’s sudden epiphany, can these two best friends work out if they have a future together?
Susan65’s Review: A holiday-themed friends to lovers with a hint of a paranormal aspect. Something I would normally be all over, but for some reason, this was not as fleshed out, nor as complete, as I needed for my taste. It’s a short story, so I get the need for speed, but a little too much was missing for me to totally become in vested in the characters and the plot.
Jack and Raz are best friends. They live together and Raz is the best wing-man a guy like Jack could ever hope for…except that maybe he could be more? Raz is in love with Jack, always has been, but is happy to be his best friend if that’s all that’s on the table for them, until it’s not. Jack and Raz move quickly (well relatively quickly after their twelve year friendship) but it’s not insta-love. They have a history and trust, so that was totally believable.
What I really wanted was to get at the angel aspect that surrounded Raziel, but I guess it was meant to be more of “make your own impression”. But I really, really wanted his history of how he came to be Jack’s guardian angel. It is still very much a warm and fuzzy holiday love story, without much in the way of angst, so if you want the miracle of love for Christmas then I suggest you give this one a try.
Overall Impression: I liked it
Morgan’s review: This is a quaint best friends to lovers story. It’s very British with some quirky angel references but be warned – this is not an angel story
It’s very short, has a bit of smexy times and is pretty cute – if unremarkable.
If you’re in the mood for a quick GFY, friends to lovers, over the holidays type book – this is for you!
Overall Impression: It was good
*We received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*