Oblivious; IOU #3
(Interconnected standalone within a series)
Publication Date: June 15, 2023
Genre/Tropes: MM/Friends-to-Lovers/Workplace Romance
Author: Leslie McAdam
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
I absolutely adore books that are both make-my-heart-melt sweet and make-my-panties-wet steamy. Oblivious hit the spot on both accounts and I’m giving extra props to Leslie because the title was so spot on.😉
August and Noah have been best friends since they were nine years old. Just imaging these two young boys growing up and getting into all kinds of mischief made my heart melt. The pranks they began on one another in childhood continued into adulthood, which led to part of a risqué moment 🔥, but also kept them bonded with true friendship and laughter. August and Noah have something so many of us crave and miss as we get older, a true friend, but Noah also has a secret…he’s been secretly in love with August for pretty much most of his life and once you get a deeper understanding of August I think he’s had the same feelings for Noah, he’s just a tad oblivious to it.
These two men have a true understanding of each other, a partnership at work and even one outside of it. A relationship, if you will, just without the actual label. It’s that label, the romance that’s missing from what they share after all the time they spend together. Literally everyone around them sees it, except for the two of them. Well, mostly August, but Noah isn’t completely blameless either. They are both oblivious to how the other feels beyond friendship, which is adorable, but also a little frustrating considering they have been friends since they were nine years old. Moving those barriers seems impossible, but not improbable, especially when they are surrounded by wonderful friends and family ready to support them.
How can two people so attuned to one another be so tuned out when it comes to love? Oh these two are just too cute. Watching them fall and then, just like Leslie promises, all…the…proposals ❤️ This book is fantastically perfect 🥰
My hot best friend has no idea what he’s doing to me.
He sends me naughty texts at the most inappropriate times. He lets me fall asleep on top of him when we watch movies. And his protective side comes out if I dance too close to anyone at our favorite club.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but those are things a boyfriend does. Except August isn’t my boyfriend, he’s my best friend, and those lines are drawn in permanent marker. The one time we tried to cross the boundary between friends and lovers, it failed so spectacularly that we never did it again. So … “friends” is good enough. That’s what I tell myself. Because at least I have him in my life. Without him, I’d be lost.
But after we’re dared to kiss, and that kiss reshapes reality, we agree to be friends who do things with each other. Nakey things.
That makes my life so much better. And so much worse. After all, August doesn’t want to settle down, and he never wants to get married. While I do.
Most importantly, no matter how our relationship changes, he can’t find out I’m desperately in love with him.
Oblivious is a sweet and steamy contemporary m/m romance about best friends who don’t know they’re already dating. Noah and August are always touching, finish each other’s sentences, and bristle whenever the other gets within six feet of a date, but they can’t see what’s crystal clear to everyone else. Oblivious features badly timed schmexy texts, a hot kiss that rocks two men’s universes, and (unofficially, but likely) the highest number of heartfelt marriage proposals in a romance novel ever.
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