Begging Ben by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: July 29th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Date Read: August 8th, 2018
B is for Ben Spengler.
Brilliant. Bashful. Burned.
Brimming with desire for his BFF Landon, who is beyond compare.
But they aren’t the same Ben and Landon anymore. Not after what Landon did. And didn’t do.
Bitter about his unrequited love.
Bound by a night of drunken promises.
Will the chemistry between them change, or will Ben break first?
B is for Begging Ben.
Tropes: Pretend boyfriend, friends to lovers, virgin, brother-like, jealousy
Themes: Science, geek, alcohol induced oblivion
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones.
I received a copy of Begging Ben from the Author for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Begging Ben is my favourite Love Letters novella so far. I enjoyed this a lot more than the first book. From Admiring Ash, we know that Ben is in love with his best friend Landon since they were Fourteen. Ben and Landon had been best friends since age Nine, but Landon finally let Ben down one time too many, resulting in Ben initiating a nearly year-long break in their friendship.
Landon’s unrequited feelings for bad boy basketball player Chance Roosevelt-Sutton has forced a rift between them. But 9 months into that break, Ben and Landon were thrown back together by the wedding of Landon’s twin brother, River, to the love of his life, Ash, the Main Character’s from “Admiring Ash“, in Las Vegas and Landon is determined to make amends.
Landon’s failure to appear at an important moment in Ben’s life is the last drop and Ben decides to put some distance between them in order to try and move on with his life as Landon attempts to rebuild their Friendship. I really enjoyed the connection and chemistry they had throughout the book.
I really enjoyed the slow burn in this one, I have a soft spot for the Friends to Lovers Trope. The playfulness between the two friends was a huge plus for me. I liked the trope and the way the story went. The only thing I would say that didn’t like that much was the grand gesture at the end. It was over the top and I’m not a fan of sappy moments like that one.
Ben and Landon also graduated in math and chemistry and they’re major nerds who speak in chemistry puns – It’s not overdone through. I loved their geeky chemistry jokes. I loved their shared history. And while I did not love how Landon behaved I loved that it was consistent with the character.
I absolutely loved this story. I really liked Ben and Landon when I met them in Admiring Ash, and although I seriously wanted to knock their heads together at times, I still absolutely loved them. I ended up enjoying this story very much and since I was rooting for those two since they first appeared in book one I’m very happy they got their HEA together.
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