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Official Description: With names like Dallas and Brooklyn they could've either been best friends...or worst enemies. The war started in third grade, with a surprise punch to the face, and lasted until the summer after high school when Brooklyn and Dallas are stuck working at the same store. At night. Together. It should've been a recipe for disaster. But instead of outrigh ...more
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Published July 4th 2011 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
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4.5 stars

Dallas and Brooklyn have been enemies from first sight. But the last summer of high school, they are stuck working at the same store. At night. Together.

They agree to have a truce, but soon they discover that they get along pretty well, and actually like each other.
He was messing with the dials on his stereo. Soon, the distinct guitar style of one of my favorite alternative bands was pouring through the speakers.
“What? No Taylor Swift? Brooks and Dunn?”
Brooklyn shuddered. “Naw, man,
* A Reader Obsessed *
3 Stars

Super simple sweet, chronicling a friends to lovers evolution from when it was meet hate at 8 years old to lust and love at 18.

A feel good shorty!
Written January 16, 2014

4 Stars - youthful sweet and cute about to discover that the lad you "pulled the cap off and threw a snowball on" might be your future love

Bridges is a short novella about two young boys, both with city-names (crazy parents?), and their lovely very innocent first love. ~ Very cute with high youth-recognition without ever becoming sticky and silly.


Dallas Thomason is moving to Sugarcreek, Texas (the last place he wanted to be) when he is in third grad
3.5 Stars

Bridges is a YA/NA short that tells the story of childhood nemeses Dallas and Brooklyn, who grow up to become unexpected friends, and then surprisingly find themselves falling in love during the summer before they head off to college.

As is generally the norm for my M.J. O’Shea reading experiences, I found this story to be all things sweet, sappy (in a good way) and romantic.

I really enjoyed the enemies-to-friends-to-lovers evolution of Dallas and Brooklyn’s relationship, and although
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I really enjoyed this nice little free story. Thanks M.J. O'Shea for this one. For a very short story, it feels pretty complete, which takes talent. Sure, it is HEAVY on the sappiness but I love a good enemies to lovers story. Combine that with a coming-of-age tale and virgins? You got me, you got me so good. ...more

4 Fun Stars!

There is a thin line between love and hate! For Brooklyn and Dallas hate turns into mutual respect, and then love. Short, but not without with substance, it was sweet and complete! Love the play on the character'll see! Cliche, but cute!

Thanks for the heads up on this one Heather!
The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
Bridges is another wunderful short of the Don't read in the Closet event of the m/m romance group and I really liked this enemies-to-lovers story.

Dallas and Brooklyn hated each other at first sight and they didn't miss one single chance to have a fight since third grade. However, during their last summer of high school, the boys are forced to work at the same little store. While Dallas isn't happy about being stuck with his nemesis, he isn't about to refuse the job. Surprised by Brooklyn's effo
Marte - Thunderella
**** 4 two-oh-eight stars ****

Beautiful young adult/coming of age story! :D



A short story in the collection "Don't Read in the Closet, Volume One" from the MM Romance Group Hot Summer Event 2011.
Click HERE for the story online or   HERE  to download the whole collection for your reading device.

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Trisha Harrington
This was a really great short story! It was sort of an enemies to lovers and sort of a friends to lovers. The MC's start off as enemies and then they become friends, and eventually lovers. It was nice to see the relationship develop and turn into something adorable.

Dallas and Brooklyn met in school and became enemies, they hated each other and couldn't stand to be paired together. But faith seemed to have other plans. They were always thrown together and both of them hated it. But then something
Britta ★ Nachteule ★

***Read as part of the free Don't Read in the Closet: Volume One anthology. Story #16***

Cute enemies-to-lovers/YA/first love story.

4.5 stars Recommended all the way!

So I read the sequel. Check out my review of "The Key".
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Alona by: Trisha Harrington
Sweet short enemies-to-lovers, YA story.
Thanks Trisha for a lovely recommendation!
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This one is so GOOD!! I actually love how you write the story from Dallas's point of view, so we experience what he feels, how Dallas doesn't really aware that Brooklyn's has seen him in a different light since years prior and it takes him by surprise. I LOVE IT. My favorite line is probably this ...

I was surprised. I had no idea what I was doing, other than from, well, lots of research... and by research I mean the kind where you have to erase your internet history when you’re done so your par
I thought this one was super cute. I loved that Dallas and Brooklyn kept getting stuck together even though they hated one another and then I loved that they became friends to lovers in the end. They were just too adorable. The sex scene was a bit too long for my liking and the story was a bit short but I still liked it. Hope there's more of these two to come someday. ...more
M.J. O'Shea knows the way straight to my heart and this hit hard and it was so damn good.

What is it about young boys, sexual tension and hot Texas nights that just hit THAT button for me? Brooklyn and Dallas have been enemies since the third grade. Regardless of their feelings for one another they keep finding themselves thrown together in situations that continually end with their non-friendly hands on one another. The summer after they graduate, they get jobs, together, stocking shelves over
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is such a nice and sweet story about two boys who have met since they were both in third grade. Since their last name begin with 'T', they were put in the same classes often. Both names are name after a location (Dallas and Brooklyn), which make them either best friends or sworn enemies. They became the latter. They were still enemies until the end of high school, when they were hired by a same store to work night shift. Slowly, they buried the hatches and became best friends. The rest of t ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bev by: Trisha

Lovely little first-love story featuring Brooklyn and Dallas, former enemies turned friends and then lovers which is from a Goodreads event a couple of years ago, and recommended to me by Trisha. Loved it sweetie, the way they hated each other at first when they were at school and then growing up they decided it was better to be friends....5 stars from me and a huge grin at the end.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, sweet-smexy, short
I just love stories where we meet the characters as children! It's my absolute favorite theme to see the friends-to-lovers develop after years of friendship that started early on. And the author just nailed this one!!! So cute,so sweet,so romantic! I was right there with them, remembering what it's like to be a teenager again, to fall in love for the first time. Highly recommend!!! ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
such a beautiful story - it made me smile and sigh!

Thankyou MJ :)
Fani *loves angst*
3.5 stars
A nice story about friends to lovers that's surpisingly satisfying for such a short read. I planed to rate it with 4 stars, however, the last few pages were way too cloying for me.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.

This was a very sweet, but not saccharine, enemies to friends to lovers story that hit just the right notes. It starts with Dallas and Brooklyn meeting in 3rd grade, where they promptly get into a fist fight and it’s downhill from then on for the duo, despite seeming to be flung together at every opportunity during their school years. Dallas isn’t even sure why he hates Brooklyn so much, they just do. It’s tradition so to speak.

The summer foll
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, romance
I was a little surprised by how well this short story was written. Two boys who hated each other through primary and secondary school finally discover friendship and love during the summer before they go to college. Although the boys didn't acknowledge their feelings for each other until they finished school, the idea of the bullying jock harbouring a secret love for the more studious boy he tried to bully reminded me a little of the Norwegian short film, Benny's Gym (2007), although the protago ...more
For a short story, the author packs a lot of history and growth as well as feeling. I really enjoyed this novella a lot. Dallas and Brooklyn (yes, that's really their names but it's still 5 stars) are enemies since the day they met in third grade and had a scuffle on the playground. They remain enemies throughout high school even though their last names (both starting with the letter T) and the fact that they're both bright, ensure that they're in the same classes all through high school. I'm re ...more
Tara Spears
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This is well written, well edited, and a quick easy read. The characters were pretty darn likable all in all.

I really, really wanted to love this... I loved the beginning, felt the author did a great job bringing us along through their school years together. Then WHAM they love each other. It was a bit too perfect for me. A bit too sappy for two guys who hardly spoke twenty words to each other their whole time growing up. And, no, I did not miss the tiny hint back in the sixth grade.

My other is
Anna D.
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a sweet short story. For 37 pages, we got some background and even a little conflict for the MCs to get over. They were childhood enemies always forced together and in one summer after high school graduation, they were forced together again to work a part time job at a grocery store…and this time they develop a really sweet friendship. They were different enough yet also have enough in common to make their summer love believable and also how they are ending up in the same college and even d ...more
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dallas and Brooklyn. So creative with the names, and a favorite genre of mine, childhood friends to lovers tilted in its axis. Childhood mortal enemies, forced bynthe dreaded alphabetical order to be in constant proximity to each other. Fights and loathing are the norm, and so typical for the age. Doesn't get much better through school, but when it does start to take that turn towards hope, it's so lovely. Sometimes, alphabetical order works. ...more
Sweet, short story of enemies becoming lovers. Nothing overly dramatic (view spoiler). Brooklyn and Dallas were cute while hating each other and they were cute when they became a couple. It was nice seeing them grow up and only in the summer before college actually get to know one another and fall in love. A nice happily ever after without too much angst, drama or hardship. ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
GOOD LORD! Well if you want to read a story that is straight MUSHY-SAPPY-CAN'T-DO-NO-WRONG love story then you found it. If this story was any more SWEET, I would have diabetes from page 10 and on. How can you crame that much SAPPINESS into 30 pages. What-the-hell? This books gets my "this-type-of-story-never-happens-review" ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dallas and Brooklyn have hated each other since middle school, but the summer after high school graduation, they drop the drama and fall in love. This is a sweet, but not too saccharine, enemies-to-lovers, first-love story that simply made me smile. Set aside 30 minutes and read this freebie. If you like young love, you won't regret it.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A cute short story, not as much of the love hate pull in the story once we get past the beginning. More of a‘now I’m really seeing you for the first time’ experience and their resulting discovery of one another with tentative beginnings of a relationship and sharing their firsts. Very sexy and sweet!
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, done, short, free, romance, gay, ebook
Very good free short m/m romance about two guys who got off on the wrong foot with each other in grade school and remain enemies throughout high school. Then they end up working with each at the grocery store as overnight stockers...
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She is from the Pacific Northwest. While she still lives there
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