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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  22 reviews

Tag and Reese have been friends forever, seeing each other through the good times and the bad, including the untimely death of Reese's lover. Until one drunken indiscretion threatens to change everything. But there is more than friendship on the line.

Can Reese put the pain of his loss behind him and take a chance on a future with Tag, or will one hot night together be all

ebook, 80 pages
Published February 2010 by Red Rose Publishing (first published January 28th 2010)
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Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Almost all the way through it, I have my chest constricted with emotion. I love the classic theme of carrying a torch for the best friend, where one will stand through thick and thin, and then get the happy ending in the end. The emotion that Tag and Reese have is just so strong and makes me all emotional.

I love the fact that the story is taken from both Tag and Reese point of view -- so we know how one is actually thinking about the other. The story is just so good, when Reese visited
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I have mixed feelings on this one.
I like the friends to lovers theme, and Reese overcoming his grief at the loss of his lover Kal to move on with his life.
The chapters switch between Tag and Reese's POV, which allows us to see both sides at times felt a bit jarring for me.
I missed the friendship between these two, we hear about what great friends they are and have been since grade school, but I didn't really see it.
And was Reese surprised that Tag has loved him for years? did he really not know?
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the angst-fest to end all angst-fests. 3 stars if that isn't really your thing, 3.5 if it is.

Tag has been in love with his best friend, Reese, since they were children, but he always knew that they would never be more than friends. He knew this through school; he knew this through the painful process of watching Reese fall in love with his partner, Kal; he knew this as he watched Reese grieve after Kal's death (which happens before the book starts). And he had reconciled himself to it. W
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

I usually avoid angst-ridden book, but this book somehow pulled me in. From the title, we know that this book is quite emotional one. Fortunately, it is not some make-believe angst found in some m/m romance books where every bad things that exist in the world happens to one person (or a couple) at the same time, or those prolonged conflicts stem from misunderstanding and lack of communication. No. Here, the angst comes from mourning a dead lover, and from an unrequited love.

Tag and Reese
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Very good m/m romance about two guys who are business partners and best friends, until a drunken night together threatens all of it. Um, I might've cried a bit - this one really got to me! (5/2011: I got sniffly on the reread, too.) ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, favorites
It's really hard to read when you can't see thru your tears, and your heart is lodged in your throat blocking off the air, your nose is stuffed up making it impossible to breath, and your chest feels like it's caving in and all that will be left is a black hole. This is exactly how I felt reading this amazing story of love, loss, unrequited love, running away, letting go, and eventually the birth of new love. I cannot express enough how awesome this story is.

I usually steer away from angsty rea
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was so good. It was a 5 hanky for me. Great great book. I didn't want it to end. ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jeeeesus!! Usually such short books don't do much for me, but this was a ass-kicker. Such strong emotions in such a crammed space. Really great writing and totally lovable mcs. ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it
the alternating point of view by chapter was very distracting.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Lovely story, I loved it.
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
For so long Tag loves Reese, who only sees him as friend, meets and falls in loves someone else, and then after that lover dies Reese suddenly loves Tag? They've known each other for so long, if Reese would have fallen in love with Tag, he had plenty of chance to do so long before this, so unless something huge happened for Reese to start seeing Tag differently or to admit to himself that he doesn't see him only as friend Reese's love is more than a little unbelievable. The realization of how he ...more
A short story about two best friends who have a one night fling and deal with the consequences of it. Tag has been best friends with Reese forever, and has been in love with him just as long. Reese's former lover died and he is still dealing with the after effects. Sad and sweet story, unfortunately the last few paragraphs ruined it a little for me. Still a nice short to gobble up in one sitting. ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, mm
This was a nice story, but it really didn't grab me near as much as I had hoped. The POV constantly changes, and while it was nice to see both sides of the story, I thought it happened a bit too frequently for my taste. Certain things along the way in this story just didn't jive for me, but the characters are all cute, and I thought both the mc's and the surrounding characters were interesting but just wasn't able to make the connections. ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, m-m

I'm a pure sucker for friends to lovers books. This story surprised me in the sense that I wasn't sure what to expect and liked it so much more than I thought I would going into the story. It suffers from short storyitis, too much in a short amount of time...but it left me wishing it had been a novel size, which is a good thing. I enjoyed learing about Tag and Reese and the supporting characters were great. I finished feeling good about the story :)
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't like to read novellas becuae I never feel like I get my $$ worth. Ends too soon, ending is usually abrupt, loose ends, etc. Sort of the case here in one way or another.

Seemed like the MC mourning his partner's death is all "woe is me" and then next thing you know he is this was okay, the bones of a good plot were there but too short. IMHO 2.5 stars.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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May 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Now this is really deeply emotionally story full of grief, love and friendship. The story would be better if all the characters would be more developed and story better plotted, but in general enjoyable story.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really good story,liked it a lot. Even though I didn't quite have the emotional connection to it as I thought I would have... ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
This was a decent light read.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cute read...very short. I liked the MCs- could have taken it to a longer story, but it was a good read.
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