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Be Loved

(At Last, The Beloved Series #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  687 ratings  ·  94 reviews
“How do you fall out of love with your best friend?”

Police Officer Brandon Byrne has carried a torch for his best friend since the day they first met. He’s mastered the art of keeping his feelings to himself as Shane, a serial monogamist, falls out of one bad relationship and right into another, again… and again… and again. But now, after ten long years, it’s finally time
ebook, 275 pages
Published March 4th 2017
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

First of all, this has to be said: Authors, please don't put intense-stare man on your covers. PLEASE. I swear he's the most overused M/M cover model of all time. I cringe every time I see his one-expression face.

Even though this is the third book in the series and all three books overlap, I think Be Loved could be read as a standalone (the other couples are barely mentioned). Book 1 remains my favorite of the three simply because it didn't have a mystery/suspense plot to detract from the
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
I didn't like this one as much as the last book. I think I'm over the concurring Peter bullshit and boggling police procedures. I mean're watching the guys house and it never occurs to you that he may have lights on timers, he may have rented a car or canceled his newspaper? Then the airport scene was straight out of Laurel and Hardy, with all the cops fumbling and stumbling around. The romance is sweet and uncomplicated with no big misunderstandings or angst and the author writes ...more
This was better than the other two books.

If not for the excess cheesiness,the length (should've been 40% shorter) and the pet name that got under my skin, it would have been very good.

Obviously,the writing was also better in this one.The crazy ex angle was written so well, I gobbled it up.

Right now, I think the next book is going to be about Gabe(who I loved) and Jake(who was very interesting) and I just might pick it up. :)
I hope this author is finally done with this series, because I'm getting a bit tired of all the "Bloved is the most awesome dating site ever", thankfully, the Bloved part is fairly minor here.

I liked both Shane and Brandon, although I don't know HOW Shane stayed with Peter for as long as he did. But I know it happens, so I'm not going to quibble there.

Where I am going to quibble is with police procedure. Or the lack of it. The cops here didn't seem to really get anything done. Weeks went by, and
I think how these books all kind of take place at the same time is at times distracting. It’s like getting flashbacks that you just don’t need or something.

I was happy to get Brandon and Shane’s story though and really happy that it was a smoother ride than I anticipated. Time lost always makes me a little sad but their happiness about the future helped make it not feel as long. I am happy to report that the wait in this one was not as long as the last one. I was nervous. I was not a fan of the
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
For me this was he weakest of the series. The stalker plot line was fairly boring, which is really saying something. I admittedly thought Shane and Brandon were super cute together. But I kind of hated Shane's character. It was more than him being stupid and immature. But his sudden interest in Brandon seemed like a plot hole. The man simultaneously admitted to never looking at Brandon in a sexual light and then also that he has been pining over him for over a decade? Its kind of like, is it thi ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much on the stalker plot stops this rating higher

This is the third of the books all set in the same contemporaneous timescale and based around the beLoved dating app.
As such, it's become a bit wearing to be reading the same thing yet again regarding the stalking element of the plot and less of the romance aspect of it.

It's a shame, because I really liked book one and book two had some good moments. This one though makes Brandon seem like an utterly useless police officer and yes, I know beat
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I really loved the blurb. The beginning and the end, especially the epilog were funny, sweet and heartwarming. However in the middle I really asked myself several times if I really should go on reading this.
The stalking part of Shane's crazy exfriend was definitely too much and made me more than uncomfortable. I really was disappointed that the story focused so much on this part of the relationship.
Of course this kept the story going, but in my opinion not in a good way.
So honestly, for me, o
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This review covers the three books in the "At Last, The Beloved Series" because they are sooooooo good and also intertwined with characters and plotlines. I happened to have read the authors' "Semper Fi" series first, which did not blunt my appreciation of this series even though the first book in the Semper Fi was really a follow-up to the third of At Last-Beloved.

First of all, be warned: If you are not a fan of Etta James' version of "At Last," you will not be forgiven, because it
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
This story was a 3. That's the average score I give most books that aren't bad but aren't really all that great either. It's the just okay category. This one falls under it. It was best friends to lovers. The MC's pined for one another for 10 years but ignored their feelings. Brandon sat back and watch Shane jump from one relationship to another never really having his chance. Shane always being in a new relationship never really opened himself to his feelings for Brandon. First, because he thou ...more
Fallon Cahan
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story of Brandon and Shane absolutely floored me. It's an emotional rollercoaster that I wanted to stay on! I initially read this book as a stand-alone, but, now I have #1 and #2... I got so involved with these characters that I want to know everything! The writing is great, character development is very good, and I felt an immediate connection with all of them. Super sweet, sexy, and oh so steamy. You don't want to miss this. I can hardly wait for another installment in this wonderful serie ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting portrayal of disconnecting from an abusive relationship. I liked how the author wove this story in with the others in the story.

My biggest peeve was how ineffective Brandon was in solving the crime.

I liked the two MCs together as a couple.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

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The psychological intensity of this book stunned me. I walked in expecting a sugared romance like the first one and BAM! There’s a psycho ex, stalking, police work and very dangerous situations! IT WAS SO REFRESHING! I LOVEEEEED IT <3 Also, both Brandon and Shane are huuuge nerds, so the references are killers!


Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Voluntarily reviewed an ARC I received from the author.

Brandon and Shane’s story was a great edition to the Be Loved Series.

I love how each book gives a different perspective of the whole crazy Peter fiasco. At least book 2 and 3 does, I haven’t read book 1 yet. I was so happy when I read that it was Brandon’s story, because when I read book 2 I was like “I really hope there’s a story for Brandon, please please please”…. And all the hints made me think it was safe to get my hopes up. Sure enough
Mar 01, 2017 marked it as 0-mm-books-i-own-and-to-be-read
Let's "Be True", "All I Want" is for this book to "Be Mine" the minute it releases!!

Now, while I haven't read any of the others yet [I know, I know *rolls eyes at self*], I do own them all and I'm very confident they'll all "Be Loved" [adored!] :-P, just as I'm sure this one will be :-)!!

Okay, okay, I'm in a playful mood alright?!? :-P.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From a controlling relationship to lasting love

This was an amazing cap off to an excellent trilogy!

Starting back a bit further, without the obvious initial bLoved connection, we meet Brandon and through him Shane. Brandon has been in love with his best friend for years, but as Shane is a serial monogamous he has kept this quiet to keep their friendship. When Shane's most recent boyfriend, Peter, appears to be both permanent and keeping Shane from Brandon, Brandon is ready to give up. But a night
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brendan and Shane’s story winds up the story arc started in book one of this series. Their story is at turns, touching, sad, frustrating and irritating. The irritation comes mostly at the end as the author’s twisting of common sense and police procedures to make the story work is a bit ridiculous. Can’t really elaborate to avoid spoilers but suffice to say a prisoner wouldn’t be brought back from one state where he would be facing attempted murder charges for shooting someone to another state wh ...more
P Leslie
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinion stated are solely my own and no one else's"

I enjoyed this book; it was a sweet yet fun read.

Brandon and Shane were a cute couple. I have to admit, I got really frustrated with both of them tippy toeing around each other. I felt like banging their heads together to knock some sense into them lol. I'm happy to report that they do get there eventually. Brandon was so sweet and my heart melted when he called Shane "honey" - he couldn't hid
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The whole series has been great since you see didn't parts of the same story, but individual stories as well. I love Brandon and Shane. They seem like such a great couple and truly, deeply, love each other. It can't be easy to have a psychopath come after the one you love, but they handle it with so much love, strength, and class.
I think that this couple might be my favorite, but they are all so great and connected due
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
OK... 4-stars for the wonderful characters... but let me tell you, I would have given this book 2-stars for the lack of research into police procedure but I just loved the characters too much to do that.

And why did this read like an M/M "Sleeping With the Enemy"? Although, I have to be honest and admit that I don't recall a lot of the details for the movie!

BTW: This is one of those times that the cover just didn't click with what I felt like the MCs would look like, even though it was accurate
John-Torleif  Harris
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect end of the story that started with Be True with the bLoved drama, but I hope that it isn't the last that we see of these characters, especially Brandon's family. I'd like to see Jake wear Gabe down in a future book.

Shane really didn't pick his boyfriends well, and Peter certainly took the cake. I didn't like him in the previous books, but he became even more despicable now that we know more of what was going on behind his decision to stalk Kelly and Jase. Brandon was perfect
Destiny Bridwell
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

I got this from the author for an honest review. This is my first book by Stella Starling. I got the impression at first that everything that could go wrong would go wrong, but it actually was a good read. It is about two guys that were best friends in high school. But wanted to be more than friends about that seems impossible when one of them is going to get married.  Brandon and Shane are friend, but not sure how to go about finding their way to each other. That is when BLoved a gay dating app
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shane and Brandon find each other at 17, but life gets in the way, until 10 years later.

Always friends, Shane has thought himself not Brandon's type, and Brandon's always on the sidelines, while Shane goes from one relationship to the next.

Good examples of emotional abuse with Shane's ex, and some interesting drama as the ex stalks Shane, but also goes after a dating site owner.

Lots of good supporting characters, I really like Mel, and Luis, Clayton and David. Love that Shane gets to confront
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The last book in the Beloved (bLoved?) series is a friends-to-lovers story. Brandon and Shane have appeared in the other books in the series, so while this can be read as a standalone it's more fun to read them in order.

The mystery part of the series (a hacker stalking and threatening Kelly Davis) finds its conclusion here and we get more background about why the stalker is targeting Kelly and what pushed him over the edge.

We also finally meet the man who captured Brandon's hear many years ago.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
BLoved 3

Friends to Lovers dual point of view
Third in series, can be read standalone

Brandon has been in love with his best friend, Shane, since high school. Shane has found out his long time boyfriend, Peter, is planning to propose and starts to have second thoughts about the relationship. When Peter doesn’t react well to Shane breaking up, Brandon steps in to protect him.

I liked Shane and Brandon’s family. I would have liked to have seen more of Shane’s journey to break away from Peter. It a sig
Kelli D
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really love this author. All her books are so heartwarming and sweet. My only thing with this book was I found Shane to be just a touch unbelievable with his feelings for Brandon. It totally felt like he jumped yet again from one guy to another. It didn't make since to me that on one hand Shane realized he actually loved Brandon and on the other he's supposedly had a crush since 17 and not once thought of Brandon in a sexual nature? Plus the getting together part came out of left field, I t
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third installment in the At Last, The BeLoved series was an enjoyable read. I liked the first two books better, but I think that’s because Peter and his madness were more prevalent in this book. Brandon and Shane were very sweet together, though, and I liked how they finally came together. The airport scene was a bit too melodramatic. I don’t even know why Shane was allowed to be there in the first place. Other than that, the book was pretty good and I’m jumping right into the spin off seri ...more
Oh man.. I really wanted to love this book. I really really did. I mean, best friends-to-lovers is one of my most favorite tropes. And both MCs were really great. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the pining, the longing and the eventual coming (*wink wink*) together was really good.

But with that getting together came the bane of my reading experience. Ugh. Brandon, babe.. Can you ease up on the pet name please? It’s sweet and it was cute at first but gotdamn it was waaay overused in the last 10-15% o

Shane had fallen in love with his school friend Brandon but never said. Brandon went into the Army then as a Cop, but remained friends with Shane but never told him that he was in love with him even when 10 years had passed. Peter, Shane boyfriend was away for a few days so Shane invited friends around and when they said it was great to finally see their friend again Shane realised how controlling Peter was. Running to Brandon for safety was what Shane realised he needed to do.
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