You Belong With Me by J.R. Loveless: Release Day Review


Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.

Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.

When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.

Title: You Belong With Me
Author: J.R. Loveless
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Category: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 75

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Okay… so, first, I loved the cover; it was a really good depiction of this story of young adults, guiding their way through their feelings towards one another, especially best friends Craig and Scott. Having been best friends since they were five years old, Scott didn’t want to tell Craig that he’d been in love with him for the last several years, especially since Craig was dating the douchiest of douchey guys, he was annoying and callous and he knew that Scott had had feelings for Craig and he used it to his advantage to hurt Scott.

It annoyed me to no end that Craig didn’t see it, talk about self-absorbed. He was supposed to be his best friend and he continually let his boyfriend hurt his best friend; then he done it too, more than once in this short little story and he claims to never have known Scott’s feelings nor return them. Except after faced with losing Scott and then having to let him go temporarily, then he realizes that he loved him all along. It was a headache and I didn’t feel any compassion for Craig or sympathy towards him at all. I thought Scott deserved better than him and if I’m honest, I thought they were all too young to be sleeping with each other and confessing their love for each other. Both seemed very immature.
The parts I did like… I loved how Scotts sister Karen was there for him, even if his parents never made an appearance; even after he’d been gone to Paris for two months, Karen had convinced them to go away for the weekend? The same weekend that Scott was getting back? Okay….

Karen’s boyfriend Stanley was also a nice surprise, I might have liked the story better had it been about him and Karen. Seems like he had a heartbreaking yet hopeful story in there somewhere and I found myself thinking more about that than I did Scott and Craig.

Alls well that ends well though, with the help of Karen; Craig plans something to prove his love to Scott when he gets home and even though there were a few bumps in the road, they get there in the end.
Overall, it was a short, friends to lovers’ story and I appreciate getting a chance to read it.

3 pieces of eye candy for me.

3-pieces of eye candy

deanna review

I love the friends to lovers scenario. It usually makes for a cute story and this is no exception.

Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years. Craig has a boyfriend, that we will forever refer to as Super Douche. Scott loves Craig from afar but it gets painful as Craig gets closer to Super Douche. Super Douche knows that Scott is in love with Craig and tries his best to hurt Scott at every turn.

Scott can’t take it anymore and takes an internship abroad to put some distance between him and Craig. Craig immediately realizes that he’s in love with Scott and that he has taken their relationship for granted. He sets out to woo Scott with a grand romantic gesture, hoping it isn’t too late.

At first I had a hard time keeping up, this story is told from three POV’s; Scott, Craig and Scott’s twin sister. I realize this is a new adult story, but Craig seemed really immature in the beginning. Then it was like a switch flipped, and suddenly he was in it for the long haul.

The story was cute and entertaining. Great for a quick read.

3 pieces of eye candy

3-pieces of eye candy

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