Asking for a Friend by J.J. Harper

No relationships for Lando is just fine, he is happy being an author and spending his days writing in his local coffee shop and spending time with his regal cat. When Hesketh starts pursuing Lando he thinks it will be just a quick interlude, not realizing that falling for the sweet writer can't be avoided after all. Two men that may just be what the other needs if they can trust and risk their hearts.

From the blurb for Asking for a Friend:

Lando writes about romance for a living yet shuns it in his life.

After too many failed relationships, Lando Hardwick has enough. No more dates for him. His taste in men is abysmal. He always falls for the ones who are only looking for fun.

Hesketh Trent has stopped searching for a boyfriend. They only see him as a walking cash machine, only care what he can buy them. What has happened to romance, love?

Getting soaked by scolding coffee is the worst way to start the day, but hell’s bells, the man is divine. Even though the man ticks all his boxes, no way is Lando giving him his phone number. He’ll be like all the rest: one hot night and he kicks him out the door.

But Hesketh doesn’t give up so easily. The cute redhead with no brain-to-mouth filter intrigues him as no man has ever done.

A cat and mouse chase is on, with Lando as the mouse. Once Lando is caught, they can’t stay away from one another.

Until Hesketh makes a mistake.

Thank god for mutual friends who won’t give up on them and push them together when they’re both too stubborn to take the next step.

Asking For a Friend is a stand-alone MM novel with a group of sassy men, a larger-than-life ginger cat called Flanaghan, a stubborn writer, and a man who can plan events but not his own life.

SNik's Review:

Standalone. Dual POV. 

Lando spends his days writing in his local coffee shop, focusing on his book deadlines and trying to forget all of his failed past relationships. When successful event planner Hesketh literally bumps into Lando he is intrigued by the man and tries to woo Lando, but Hesketh has had his own problematic relationships. Two men hesitant to start anything, but feeling the pull of attraction slowly get to know each other and risk possible heartache. 

Lando and Hesketh are both likable characters with a set of supportive friends that end up helping the relationship along when there is miscommunication and trust issues. When these men are conversing and interacting with each other it is swoony and at times steamy, but overcoming their past hurts takes a while. 

I appreciated that both men had life experiences that made them the person they were and getting their HEA is a bumpy path but worth it for Lando and Hesketh.

Rating: 4 Stars

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