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Best of Both Worlds (Friends and Lovers #1)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  603 ratings  ·  52 reviews

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

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 thin

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 121 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
*Pow Pow* It's An Anal Alien Invasion!

2.75 stars

Chase and Alex are best buds and roommates. Bros before Hoes. Ride 'til they die. Bromance while sippin' on Gin and juice like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre in a hooptie.

Chase is bisexual but in the closet about it. He's also in love with Alex. The story starts with Chase going to a gay club for the first time where he hooks up with a hottie and brings him home (Stranger danger, Chase! Stranger danger!). At the tail end of Chase's first blow job from a g
GFY erotica. Funniest phrase: "His questing digit"! I was wondering why the author kept making such a big deal about them being bi and not gay but I saw at the end (view spoiler).
I liked the first few chapters then the book went to shit. Chase started acting like a child. I was happy when Taylor finally told him to grow up. It seems after they got together it was sex, sex, sex which is not surprising with a Liz Andrews book.

It doesn't help when the sequel is a menage as a continuation of their story. I don't like menage stories so that didn't help me invest in the characters. I was already getting bored and that put me in the "I don't even care" category especially since
This is what happens when I don't listen to other reviewers...

Friends to can one go wrong with this theme you ask??? Well let me draw you a map because it was all over the place and ended up on wrong. This story put the dick in predictable (and not in the fun way). The characters were cardboard. I skimmed the sex and the parts that I did read had new and unusual terms for m/m sex. Oy! Overall, I was ...not a fan.

Lesson learned: when 10/12 reviews tell you its no bueno...its no buen
clear skies
Totally touches all my favourite overused tropes: best friends become lovers, G4Y, jealousy and some angst. The first part of the story was good, a nice introduction to the characters and a solid start to who the main guys were and a good build of a story. Then it all went to hell. It quickly became about sex, a bit of whining, more awkward sex, a little drama, and the end. I actually got more interested in the secondary characters than I did the main ones.

It doesn't make things better when the
Emma Sea
May 29, 2012 Emma Sea marked it as umm-no-just-no
Shelves: girl-cooties
Those abs are so 'shopped he looks like he has a trilobite implanted under his skin

Ms. Nikki
1.5 Stars

Some will think this was a cute simple read. Others will think it's a sexy GFY. I however think the plot was contrived. Taylor had the answer to every problem. Alex is just confused and not hot. Chase and his wanna-be alpha/domineering role did nothing to sex-ify this story. not recommended
Veronica /  V
Blurb :Product Warnings.. No heaving bosoms here, just two gorgeous guys, lots of muscles and some closet doors banging wide open.

THE WARNING SHOULD SAY : GIRLY BITS AHEAD !!!!! where in the blurb said that is going to be a woman also? I hate when the authors do that :(
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Smoking
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: HOT!
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: I enjoyed it for what it was
Characters: A little unbelievable at times
Plot: Sexy story line
Page Turner: Yes.
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Chase

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
This book may not win any literary awards, but for me it was entertaining. The storyline was hot. I enjoyed it. There were a few unbelievable parts and some of the dialogue is cheesy. But love is cheesy sometimes. Looking for a
Feb 03, 2012 Morgana marked it as thanks-but-no-thanks
I love friends to lovers stories, so naturally, I was looking forward to this book. However, after reading some reviews and finding out the sequel is a menage (I hate menages!!!) I'm so not buying this book. Thanks but no thanks.
Felt clumsy right off the bat. Stating the obvious, while not mentioning the things that require explanation or justification.

This is just… Ah, I kept wanting to edit this thing. Strike sentence here, add one there. (Edit: I picked this apart in a comment to this.) Even so, these guys don’t sound like guys and their conversations and thought processes (and level of knowledge) make little sense to me.

Honestly, college guys do not talk and behave like that; unless they are extreme exceptions. Shak
Elisa Rolle
Just the other day I was reading a story about college boys and thinking how they were really too naïve in their behavior for being guys living out of the protective umbrella of their family. Here the feeling was exactly the opposite, when first we met Chase, I didn’t feel the vibes of a college boy but of a more mature man. Then in the course of the story, and especially when we met Alex, the college boys theme is more accentuated, but still, I have the feeling this story could have been also b ...more
It was okay. A sappy, easy read. It would have been improved upon had there been more development to the relationship. There was very little tension as the best friends progressed to being lovers. I'm not a fan of unnecessary angst. I don't need my heart twisting and my stomach churning wondering what will come next, will they or won't they? But, as a reader, I'd like to be hooked into the story and suspense provides said hook. This was too easy. I know there are books that read like jello shots ...more
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
2.5 stars
Best of Both Worlds started off great. Chase is bi-sexual and hasn't come out to his roommate and best friend, Alex. And then Alex walks in on Chase on the receiving end of a bj from a guy and puts two and two together. What Alex doesn't know is that Chase is in love with him. As Alex tries to come to terms with his friend's sexuality, Alex must take a good look at himself and decide if what he wants with Chase goes beyond friendship.

I am a sucker for a friends to lovers romance and was
Best of Both Worlds was an okay book. It was a novella, so it wasn't long, which I felt hindered the book. Everything just happened so fast. It felt as if a light bulb just went off in Alex head, after catching his friend Chase with a guy, that he was attracted to him. I always would have liked a little more angst to keep me on the edge of my seat. There were a lot of hot scenes which I liked reading. I didn't care some of the conversation between Chase and Taylor, it came across as if they were ...more
Guilty Pleasures
GOOD GAWD is that cover HOT!!!!!!!

This was one of the sweetest and most emotional M/M romances I have read. The emotional turmoil each character endures to come to terms with their attraction with one another is just so sweet. They are best friends who refuse to lose their years of friendship because of a physical attraction, they work through their own emotions and each others together to come to a solution. Although this is a short story it was sweet and nicely written and when you want a chan
3.5 stars I definitely just read this in one sitting, it's pretty fast paced with a lot of action, but the relationship doesn't feel too rushed. Especially given Alex's situation, I felt like their emotional reactions to things were appropriate despite the seemingly quick development of a sexual relationship. And a word of advice, be prepared to start off with a bang (literally and figuratively) because the first two scenes are totally hot and it never really slows down.
Beccca May
Short, sweet and so freaking sexy! This was a perfect quick read that I ate up in one sitting. Literally, did not put the book down from start to finish. I'm always a sucker for a best friends to lovers romance and this one had the perfect twist with the friends both being men.

Chase and Alex have been best friends since high school. They are off at college living as roommates when Alex unexpectedly walks in on Chase being pleasures by another man. Alex is shocked which is putting it mildly but e
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
I really enjoyed this story. The sex scenes were not as Hot as I had hoped but I really loved the friends to lovers theme. I am looking forward to seeing these guys again in the sequel, but I am not sure how I feel about them adding a third party...
I really hate it when one of my favorite tropes just don't hit the mark for me. The two MCs could have used a bit more connection. Cute story, just not enough emotion, believability, hotness. ...more
Quick fluff read to pass the time.
Hot m/m action.
GFY story-line.

Not going to review further.
Elisabeth Cole
A fairly entertaining read but it felt really rushed. The reactions of Chase and especially Alex didn't seem very realistic, or maybe the author was trying to keep the book under a certain amount of words and wasn't able to expand the time frame, who knows. That Alex went from one day considering himself straight to diving headfirst into a full-on (if you know what I mean!) relationship with Chase was hard to believe. (I was going to say "hard to swallow" but couldn't bring myself to be so obvio ...more
Christi Snow
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 experime
2.5 stars

Book 1 in a two-book series, this book tells the story of how best friends Chase and Alex got together. I read the 2nd book first, not realizing there was a 1st book. (Still following me?)

Anyway, the 2nd book is much better, IMO. In that book, Alex & Chase have been together for a few years, so they're more settled. (view spoiler)
Mary Davis
Jun 04, 2012 Mary Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gay Erotica, m/m readers
Shelves: books-read-2012
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
Chase and Alex have been friends forever. They went to school together and now they're roommates at college.

Chase has a secret. He's bi-sexual and in love with Alex. Alex walks in on Chase and another guy. This is how Alex finds out Chase likes men. Alex is shocked and a bit upset. But not for the reason you would think. See, Alex wants Chase too, he just doesn't realize it yet.

This was a great story about two men who are discovering each other as lovers. They already have the friendship part do
Margaret Foxe
For some reason, all I want to read these days is m/m New Adult. M/m is a new genre for me, and I'm loving it. I am especially partial to the friends-to-lovers trope, so I thought I'd check this title out. It is not good as other books about this same subject, and the end was a little open-ended, given that it has a sequel that will throw a woman into the mix. I don't know how I feel about that. If the story is going to be a menage, then it should be a menage from the first book. I just can't bu ...more
I absolutely enjoyed the book, it was just the right introduction to the next book. Although in some aspects I wonder if it was realistic. Both characters seemed to accept their attraction to each other and act on the attraction. I am enjoying the m and m relationships in books extremely and the bisexual nature of characters as well so much potential.......
There's not much to say about this, except that it's cliché as hell. At no point was I itching to see what happens, because I'd already guessed. And it's not the kind of guessing you look forward to seeing happen either. The romance was cute at best. The sex? As boring as it is redundant.
Heck, the only reason I finished the book was because I was halfway through when I decided it wasn't worth it, but since it was small, I thought I might as well. And there's a sequel. And I know I'm not going an
I bought this because I enjoyed the excerpt that Samhain had available - it started reasonably well, but then got a little confused and everything was resolved a little too easily.
I also hadn't realised that this is the prequel to a m/m/f novel - if I'd known that then I probably wouldn't have bothered reading this. The ending was confusing until I checked what else the author had written and realised that the ending was the link into the novel.
3 stars because I did like the start, but it does
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Liz Andrews is a critically acclaimed, multi-published author who enjoys writing erotic romance almost as much as she enjoys reading it. A romantic at heart, Liz is a fierce believer in happily ever after and heroes who make the heart swoon. When not writing, the Ohio native enjoys reading, going to the movies and hosting dinner parties for her friends.
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