The Freedom of Loving by Abrianna Denae (Matters of the Heart book 3)

Best friends to lovers, coming out of the closet and into the light and found family star in Abrianna Denae's third and final book in the Matters of the Heart trilogy... The Freedom of Loving

From the blurb:

Jared Hartley is tired of pretending. He’s spent the past seventeen years trying to live by other people’s expectations. When his home life implodes, he turns to the only person who’s wanted nothing from him except the one thing he hasn’t been able to give—his love.

Sam Evans is lonely. He has a job he loves and familial responsibilities, but he’s also spent the past six years wanting someone who will never be his.

Jared and Sam have loved each other since they met, but Jared’s complicated home life meant the only thing they could ever be is friends. When Jared returns for his annual vacation, he has one goal in mind: show Sam how great they could be together. But matters of the heart are never easy and Sam, too afraid of getting hurt, won’t cross the boundaries set in place.

With the help of their meddling family, Jared hatches a plan to woo Sam and win the heart of the only man he’s ever loved. As the pair grow closer than ever before, they learn what love freely offered and given feels like for the first time. But Jared’s not-so-distant past comes calling, and Sam’s family life faces upheaval, putting their fledgling relationship to the test. Will love prove to be enough to survive the inevitable crash of reality, or is their soul-deep connection one of friends only?

Heather's Review:

Seventeen years of denial and the weight of other people's expectations beside six years of solid friendship and longing for more...

Emotional, but still fairly low angst, The Freedom of Loving is a well crafted book that hooked me and compelled me to finish it in one sitting... the outside forces pushing and pulling these two sweet men, the men from the first two books and the LOVE make this an outstanding read.

Rating: 5 Stars

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