Book Title: Remember When
Author: BL Maxwell
Publisher and Cover Artist: BL Maxwell
Release Date: November 11, 2021
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Tropes: Friends to lovers, small town, holiday romance
Themes: Secret crush, secrets revealed
Heat Rating: 2 flames
Length: 50 500 words
It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger.
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A night to remember, a confession, and a lifetime of love in this small town, friends to lovers Christmas romance.
Andrew Lawson's life in Sacramento has turned from being everything he dreamed of growing up, to a lonely place where finding someone special to share his life with is impossible. When the first person he meets on returning home for Thanksgiving is his childhood friend Link, it’s a reminder of happier times when his whole future lay in front of him. Agreeing to a drink before heading to his parent’s place is a way to reconnect, and a great way to start the holiday.
Link Stanton never considered leaving the small farming town he grew up in, but he misses Andy more than he’ll ever admit. Secretly lusting after a friend is bad enough but being in love with him is so much worse. One drink with friends seems harmless enough, after all, catching up on old times can’t be a bad thing, until beers turn to shots, and Link reveals how he really feels.
Everything could change, and if Andy doesn’t remember Link’s heartfelt confession, they could carry on as friends. But if he does remember, this could be either the worst, or the best, Christmas of all.Laora's Review:
“I’ll make you a deal. If you haven’t remembered by Christmas, I’ll tell you all about it.”
I really loved reading this contemporary (childhood) friends to lovers holiday story.
Andrew, Andy for his friends and family back home and Drew for his coworkers in the city and Link, just Link for all, have been friends for as long as they and everyone else can remember.
I found the title well chosen since all the characters reminisce a lot, especially the the mc's. But also the fact that Andy is trying to remember when or what Link said or did when he had one to many shots at Thanksgiving. He needs to find that memory. The way how both Andy and Link go about this is sweet.
I really appreciate that the author has taken the opportunity to write a pan character, Link, in this story for me it was so good to read about a character that was not defined by restrictions on who he is supposed to love. I also appreciate the fact that the characters, whilst being in a relationship keep their independence and are true equals, both have their own business, in the relationship.
Of course by now you suspected the story has a HEA.
This book has the most epic of slow burns, but almost none of the angst that you usually associate with a long build up... the characters fall into their easy camaraderie from their childhood with just a hint of tension and a pinch of angst, brought on by a bit of tequila amnesia...
Sunday morning came and I slept in. The past few days, including two nights of drinking, had finally caught up with me. I’d stayed up late the night before texting with Link about anything and nothing at all. Like always, that was just how it was between us.
Around ten I rolled out of bed and checked my phone. A few clients had messaged hoping to get in sometime before Christmas. They were smart to book it now. Even though it was a month away, by the end of this week there wouldn’t be any openings.
It was a perfect Sunday, I didn’t leave the house and got everything ready for the week. This week would be the beginning, and it wouldn’t let up until Christmas Eve. I normally worked it, but after this year I’d decided it was time to start taking it off.
I was just settled down on the couch and turned on the TV when my phone rang. “Hello?” “Hey.” I’d know that smooth deep voice anywhere.
“I was just thinking about you.” It wasn’t a lie, since I’d left home Link had been on my mind constantly.
“Good thoughts I hope.”
“Always. It was great seeing you again. I know it hadn’t been that long but it really was nice to catch up again.”
His words brought a smile to my face, and I pictured his blue eyes crinkling at the corners with a grin. “So, are you going to give me any clues?”
“Do you need a clue?” he taunted, and he knew he taunted. I would have sworn I could hear his smirk through the line.
“Link, you know I need a clue. I’ve been racking my brain since Friday trying to remember anything that might help. Why did you let me drink so many shots?”
“Hey, you were having fun, we were all having fun. Who was I to ruin anyone’s good time? And once you started you were all in. Then we were dancing, and well it was a lot of fun.”
Oh god, he was right. It wasn’t unusual for us to all get together before a holiday and have a few drinks, there was nothing that would make me not go all in. “It was a lot of fun, it’s been a while since I’ve gone out.” I wanted to mention his confession, and how he kissed me. But I wasn’t sure how to bring it up, and it felt like something we should talk about in person.
“I’ve wanted to kiss you for years,” he whispered, and I would have sworn I could feel his breath on my neck.
“I think you said that the other night.” My own voice was soft and breathy. I wasn’t sure exactly why, but the mood had changed, and I didn’t want anything to break the spell his words had woven around us.
“Did I?” He played coy, something that was new between us. But I found I was quite drawn to.
“You did, right before you kissed me.” He was quiet then. Too quiet, and I checked the phone to be sure we were still connected. “Link?”
About the Author
BL Maxwell grew up in a small town listening to her grandfather spin tales about his childhood. Later she became an avid reader and after a certain vampire series she became obsessed with fanfiction. She soon discovered Slash fanfiction and later discovered the MM genre and was hooked.