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Bewitched by Bella's Brother

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  1,884 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
Sebastian Craig and Isabella Bryne have been best friends for five years in the Neverland of academia, and that's where they're planning to stay. So when Bella's brother, Asa, offers them a rent-free summer in his gorgeous home before they move to their next college and degree, they jump at the chance. It looks like a good deal at first... but there's more to Asa than meet ...more
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Published September 20th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 10th 2010)
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Sep 05, 2010 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is where I should try to believe that "Don't Judge The Book By Its Cover" :). I was reluctant to read this at first, since based on the cover (and the blurb here mentioned "Neverland of academia"), I thought it would be a fantasy story -- and I wasn't in the mood to read fantasy; as well as it wasn't my first choice of genre.

HOWEVER, it turns out that this is a contemporary romance, a very good and humorous and tender one to boot. It's very easy to read and totally entertaining. It also fea
Oh Amy Lane, you've done it again, I'm well and truly hooked

What a fabulous story. Sebastian and Bella, true friends, even though he does sometimes call her 'heifer' as a term of endearment. Sebastian is a very flamboyant gay, and doesn't care who knows it! Let's just say that their personal lives are not particularly successful, neither of them currently has a lover, and to make up for that, and the fact that Sebastian's upbringing was not particularly happy, he has been 'adopted' by Bella's f
Originally read in 2011, ★★★★★ stars given; re-read to see if it holds up to the test of time. Oh yeah, it does.

This is such a lovely, buoyant read much due to Sebastian’s character (he is awesome from page one) and his relationship with BFF, Bella. Their close friendship is the wave that carries the story forward (how wonderful it is to have such a well-drawn female character), they are compadres who can count on each other. In fact, Sebastian would marry Bella if she:
1. didn’t have a such a w
Nov 03, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
3.5 stars

I like it when Amy Lane writes angst free, and I’m not sure why I hadn’t tried this one before. It was cute.

Sebastian is best friends with Bella, has been for years. He goes home with her for the summer when her brother offers them to stay at his house with him and his 7 year old son.

It’s practically love at first sight for Sebastian and Asa, Bella’s brother. But Sebastian has his doubts about Asa, since Asa has never acted on his bisexual feelings before. But Asa reassures him it’s the
May 11, 2013 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This is a sweet story but ultimately, unlike other Amy Lane books I've read, I didn't feel an emotional connection to the characters. There is no real conflict in the book and the minimal plot issues are all resolved quickly and neatly. If you want a sweet story with perfect characters it's a nice read though.
May 12, 2012 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

OMG! I can’t believe I just finished reading a book that had a girl in it that I actually really like! Bella was so funny and her and Sebastian’s back and forth banter was an absolute joy to read. Sebastian, what a sweet, lovable big hearted guy, he would make such a great BFF and Asa a silent, strong loving father but because of his silence we really don’t get to know him as well as I would have liked, but somehow the chemistry between Sebastian and Asa is there right from their first
Aug 13, 2010 Mandapanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: various-romance
I love the title of this book, Bewitched by Bella's Brother. Kind of rolls off your tongue. This is the sweet story of Sebastian, a seemingly extroverted gay university student and his friend Bella's brother (Asa) who is coming out of a bad marriage and has taken over sole custody of his 7yo son. Essentially this is a gay for you story. In his own words Sebastian is "so gay he made a parade in San Fransisco look like a Bible belt tent revival". Asa (a self proclaimed man-virgin) says he is bisex ...more
Sep 06, 2010 Kassa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh Amy Lane, you can do nearly no wrong. This is a surprisingly contemporary piece, I assumed paranormal/fantasy based on the cover and title. Instead it’s a light hearted, easy to read and enjoy story about a commitment-phobe who falls in love with a man-virgin and his family. There is no real tension, I mean there is but it’s kind of ridiculous and artificial, and the real strengths are the fabulous characters and delightful dialogue. The road to love is mostly easy and the commitment fear is ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
First read in January 2011.

Doing a reread because it deserves one. :)

I finished this one in one sitting ( again) and it still leaves me with just a smile and a sigh.
Bella and Sebastian are best friends, close and loving, but in no way sappy. And I can't tell you how much I love it when the woman aren't just bitchy, conniving, evil, back stabbing, homophobes..well you get my point, Bella is NONE of those, she is a great person.
Sebastian is working on his second doctorate, but I don't think he kno
This book was clearly just not a good pick for me. It is sweet and even poignant in some parts, but I had trouble making myself care. Sebastian is a funny, likable character who is doing his best never to grow up and get serious about life, which I can certainly sympathize with. But Asa is just too perfect to be real, and his son Jordan adds nothing to the story except for some tedious conflict. And while I like the fact that Amy Lane usually includes at least one major female character in her m ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Deeze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having this on my shelf for over a year, and seeing all the trusted reviews I had high hopes this was going to be another book I kicked myself for putting off for so long.

Sadly that wasn't the case.

While there was nothing bad about the overall story, I found myself either bored or annoyed. Where most people seemed to like Bella I found she irritated me. Asa and Sebastian were OK but again I really wasn't that into them. Sebastian like Bella struck me as a little too whinny with the whole n
This is a lovely book (not including the cover) which has made it to my favorites shelf & survived multiple readings ... I love the sarcasm and snark ... the fact the angst was kept to a minimum also helps this book stand out from the crowd ... this was a gentle romance where insta-lust was allowed to morph into lurv with time and develop into a true relationship ... this story is sweet without being saccharine; snarky without being bitter and bitchy; funny without being silly ... I'd highly ...more
Heather C
Nov 24, 2010 Heather C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather C by: Marisa DaSilva
Not sure if I can write a review for this without it being 100% gushing, but I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS!!!  I've put this story off for so long and I'm not sure why.  Maybe I was thinking all this time that it was depressing and angsty...but it wasn't. It was sweet and funny and sexy and romantic.  Sebasian and Asa gave me shivers and goosebumps...over and over again.  Plus, I loved all the secondary characters.  Even the kid was adorable.
This is definitely one of my favorite stories by Amy Lan
Really nice one...

“No matter how badly I want him to stay”

Beautiful, sweet, almost angst free, Amy Lane... I was happy.

Nov 20, 2013 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, m-m, favorite-mm
I loved every Amy Lane's book so far, and this one is no exception! It is a sweet, funny and without angst story! I loved Sebastian's mouth without filter, and I loved Asa's calmness! They made a very beautiful couple...
Sep 15, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, children, cute
This was an sweet and enjoyable read for me. It was funny, had a little bit of drama and a nice romance are rolled into one. Loved Asa, Sebastian and Bella. The banter back and forth with Bella and Sebastian was great and you could just feel what a wonderful friendship they had. Definitely a good book for a lighthearted and funny read.
Aug 07, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, gotta-have-it
This is a comedy and a drama but more than anything it's a romance and there is, as always, Amy Lane's lush prose. You will laugh and cry and want to throttle Sebastien and squeeze him tight. It's a winner not to be missed.
May 12, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantan los libros de esta mujer!!!
O lloras a mares o te ríes tanto que en tu casa piensan " Que esta leyendo esta mujer que se ríe sola?!!"

Este es un ejemplo del último!!! :-D

Como me he reído con Sebastian, Bella y Asa!!!! Todo el libro con una sonrisilla tonta
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Jun 15, 2015 k reads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quiltbag, read-2015
A really good looking guy falls for his really good looking best friend's really good looking brother. Everybody is beautiful and perfect and something something.
When Amy Lane works for me she really works for me. I enjoyed the hell out of this story. Review to come.
Kaje Harper
Sep 26, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars. This is a nice, satisfying love story about a young man afraid of commitment and the amazing older man he falls for. It's a comfort-read book, the kind of thing you go to after wallowing in some other big emotional story, to get your head out of the emo zone. It's nice and sweet, and there is no big angst and very little actually happens in the plot. The characters are all a little too good. (If Asa had a fault, I couldn't find it, and the kid, Jordan, was really too sweet to be true ...more
3.5 stars. I like this one. It's a testament to figuring out what's real, what's true in this life and to allowing detours to deliver you to your destiny.
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Loved this book!!
I mean really LOVED IT!!!
It was every thing i like in a book!
Amy Lane you are FANTASTIC!!
Karen K
This was a beautiful, light-hearted story, at least for the most part, and the angsty, dramatic parts made my heart beat faster and my emotions run raw.

I loved Sebastian and his wit and his huge, freaking heart. He's such a wonderful full-bodied, endearing, heart-pounding character that was engrained and familiar in my head as soon as I met him. :) I'm not usually a fan of central female characters but Bella was so special and she and Sebastian together were so perfect and hilarous. I fell for
****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®****

Bewitched by Bella’s Brother is definitely on the lighter side of Amy Lane’s offerings. While there are still tragic back-stories for the characters and difficulties to overcome, the tone, on the whole, is sweeter and not as heart-wrenching as some of her other works.

I enjoyed Sebastian’s personality, and even though it took him a while to realize what it was he needed, I believed in his motivations. Asa was a great father to Jordan and I really respected
Nov 17, 2010 Trix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-novels
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When I first saw this book cover I thought this was a fairytale like story. Then I read the blurb & realized it was actually a contemporary story. Now that I've read it, I would characterize it more like a contemporary fairytale. Everyone from Sebastian to Bella to Asa to Jordan, are just so perfect looking, perfect acting with a few 'cute' flaws & they come from a perfect family complete with perfectly cute names & wonderful cousins, nieces, nephews... Asa, I think, was the most per ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, zz-amazon-yes
Fabulous story with a wonderful happy ending. Sebastian is perfect as the 'gayer than gay' best friend of Bella ( the kind of friend we all wish we had). I thought that the story handled the coming out of a father brilliantly and perfectly balanced the family themes and issues with romance and sex. Well done Amy!
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
I shouldn't of doubted this book because of the cover...Amy Lane is one of my favorites and I've yet to read a book by her that I didn't like.

This was a lighthearted, sweet but funny quick and easy read. We get a mix all different emotions from all the characters and we get to see the interaction between them all....that made my connection with them, all the more better!
Enjoyable m/m read by the excellent Amy Lane. Openly gay, perpetual student Sebastian falls for the beautiful Asa who is coming out of a failed marriage with the custody of his young son. Not a lot of action in this one.
'Asa tasted like dinner, and like Scotch, and like comfort and sanctuary and all of the big, warm, man-things that Sebastian had craved pretty much most of his life.'
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“So,” Asa said conversationally, “want to go home and play butterflies?”
Sebastian grimaced. “Do you promise not to pull my wings off?”
Asa looked at him sideways. “Do you promise to fly back?”
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