Strictly Curious by Joelle Lynne

Strictly Curious is a steamy friends to lovers romance with a stepbrother twist.

From the blurb:

I shouldn't want him the way that I do…


My world flipped upside down when my Dad suddenly remarried. What ten-year-old wants that surprise dropped on him? I wasn't expecting my stepbrother to become my best friend, my everything, and the source of my utter confusion. I didn't realize he was hiding something from me, and I didn't mean to see it. It made me question everything.


As close as we'd become over the last nine years, I never meant to hide my biggest secret from Tyler. I didn't want our relationship to change. What would he think if he knew I always imagined him in their place? Now that he knows the truth, how am I supposed to handle him being so curious?

Angel's Review:

Add in the fact that these two friends are also stepbrothers and they have themselves quite a predicament. 

Garrett has had feelings for Ty for years, practically since they met. Even though he didn't quite understand at the time, he definitely understood the older he got. He tried to get over Ty and to date and see other people. The thing was, though the other people he was with looked similar to Ty... He never thought he would have a chance with Ty , he never thought Ty might be interest. One moment changed everything between these two men.

Ty never suspected that Garrett was bi. He finds that out though when he catches Garrett and Toby in a promiscuous situation. Once he sees them, he starts thinking about what it would be like to be with Garrett in that way.. From that moment on they try to figure things out together and are open to explore things with each other. Will it last? And how will their parents react? You'll have to read to find out!

I enjoyed these characters so much. Ty's adorable. His character is sweet and shy, and a little insecure. And Garrett is outgoing, supportive, and is very interested in Ty. This story shows how these two explore their confusing feelings for each other and shows how they work through it together. 

As much as I enjoyed the characters, I had trouble with the fact that Strictly Curious is mostly intimate scenes between the two main characters. I wish there was more relationship building than them just being intimate all the time. But the book was well written, and I did enjoy it. I just wish there were less intimate scenes and more focus on how these two men would work as a couple. 

Overall, pretty good! Spice level is: 🔥🔥🔥🔥/5 

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Heather's Review

Strictly Curious is a stepbrother romance with bisexual awakening and all the steam!  A new adult story of self discovery, long time crushing and family dynamics comes together in Strictly Curious when Ty walks in on Garrett getting a blow job from another guy and it opens a floodgate that neither of them expects...

Not just stepbrothers, but best friends and potential lovers, this story unfolds in a sweet and lightly angsty way, as the two men discover more about each other and worry about how the world will see them once they emerge from their private world...

This book is a little light on relationship building, but it's understandable since they've been together since they were ten years old, so the story focuses on the new element of their relationship - the passion and I was there for all of it!

Rating: 5 Very Steamy Stars

Janet's Review:

Strictly Curious was such a fun read! It started with two adorable boys meeting for the first time when their parents got married. TBH, reading that was just about my favorite part of the book. I loved their interactions, they felt realistic! Ty is adorable and Garrett is supportive. 

The story is just sooo darn good from beginning to end. Ty and Garrett have fantastic chemistry and a perfect connection. Overall, a fantastic read! Well written with pacing that flows smoothly.

Rating: 5 Stars

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