Like I Wished by Charlie Novak

Like I Wished is a cozy and sweet romance between Spencer, a kind cafe owner, and his brother's best friend Noah, a chemistry teacher that has had a crush on Spencer for years. No stress, no drama, just two men falling in love with their person that has been there all along.

From the blurb:

Dreaming about my best friend’s brother is one thing, him actually falling for me is another.

Baking cupcakes for the science department bake-off shouldn’t strike fear into the heart of chemistry teacher Noah, but his previous record hasn’t exactly been glowing. In an attempt to stave off another year in last place, Noah turns to the one man who might be able to help him: his best friend’s older brother, Spencer.

Noah’s had a crush on the vibrant and sporty footballer turned baker for years, but the chances of anything happening between them are slim to none. Spencer is caring, funny, gorgeous… and totally straight.

Spencer has never thought about dating men before, but after watching Noah lick buttercream off a whisk he’s suddenly realising he’s not as straight as previously thought.

Revelations about his sexuality are one thing, but his footballing past being dragged into the present is another and Spencer isn’t sure which is more stressful. But he’s sure about one thing: he wants Noah in his life. Now all they have to do is figure out how to make their wishes come true.

Like I Wished is a hot and heart-warming best friend’s brother contemporary MM romance featuring adorable ghost cupcakes, a bisexual awakening over biscuits, gate-crashed first dates, gym-bro besties, and lots of hot chocolate.

It is book two in the Heather Bay series and while it can be read as a standalone, it’s best enjoyed as part of the series.

SNik's Review:

Second in series (Heather Bay). Can be read as a standalone, but might be more fun if read in order due to a shared cast of secondary characters. Slow burn. Best friend’s brother. Found family. No angst. Dual POV. Chemistry teacher Noah has had a crush on Spencer for years, but was content with his friendship and unlikely dreams. When cafe owner Spencer offers to teach Noah about baking cupcakes, he realizes that he is attracted to Noah, and for the first time wants to have a relationship with a man. This story is a cozy, dreamy romance between two friends that prioritize honest communication and allows for the slow build of a romantic relationship between two sweet and considerate men. Heather Bay is home to a huge secondary cast of supportive and caring friends that make a true family of queer men. Some steamy scenes, romantic gestures, and realistic representations of people having to deal with life’s daily pressures while navigating relationships, with a swoony HEA.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Heather's Review:

Like I Wished was a truly low angst friends to lovers, best friend's brother bi-awakening story that flowed without intense drama or crisis to bring us a sweet and steamy HEA.

With adorable characters, yummy baking and a writing style that flows effortlessly, if you're looking for a book that has good feels from beginning to end, you'll want to add Like I Wished to your TBR.

This book can be read standalone, but does feature characters who were introduced in Like I Promised and will be enhanced by knowing more about these characters.

Rating: 4 Stars

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