Oblivious (IOU Book 3) by Leslie McAdam

People think that lawyer best friends August and Noah are a little too codependent. But August and Noah don't need anyone else in their lives, even if they are only friends. Only, Noah has been in love with August for years, and maybe once August realizes he feels the same they can make the most important person in their life their forever person as well.

From the blurb for Oblivious:

My hot best friend has no idea what he’s doing to me.

He sends me naughty texts at the most inappropriate times. He lets me fall asleep on top of him when we watch movies. And his protective side comes out if I dance too close to anyone at our favorite club.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but those are things a boyfriend does. Except August isn’t my boyfriend, he’s my best friend, and those lines are drawn in permanent marker. The one time we tried to cross the boundary between friends and lovers, it failed so spectacularly that we never did it again. So … “friends” is good enough. That’s what I tell myself. Because at least I have him in my life. Without him, I’d be lost.

But after we’re dared to kiss, and that kiss reshapes reality, we agree to be friends who do things with each other. Nakey things.

That makes my life so much better. And so much worse. After all, August doesn’t want to settle down, and he never wants to get married. While I do.

Most importantly, no matter how our relationship changes, he can’t find out I’m desperately in love with him.

Oblivious is a sweet and steamy contemporary m/m romance about best friends who don’t know they’re already dating. Noah and August are always touching, finish each other’s sentences, and bristle whenever the other gets within six feet of a date, but they can’t see what’s crystal clear to everyone else. Oblivious features badly timed schmexy texts, a hot kiss that rocks two men’s universes, and (unofficially, but likely) the highest number of heartfelt marriage proposals in a romance novel ever.

SNik's Review:

Third in series (IOU), can be read as a standalone but might be more fun if read in order. Best friends to lovers. Found family. POC representation. Dual POV. 

August and Noah have been friends since they were nine years old. Twenty-five years later they run a law firm together, live in the same condominium building, and spend almost all their free time together. August doesn’t realize that Noah has been in love with him for years but when they kiss as a dare it begins a series of revealing conversations about their true feelings for each other and a deepening of their relationship. 

August and Noah have had a long-time friendship, and the few flashbacks as well as their obvious closeness and caring show how much they mean to each other. 

Both August and Noah are likable, supportive characters, running a successful business together while constantly pranking each other or sending NSFW texts, so the addition of steamy times to their relationship is not a big leap. 

Once they are on the same page about what they want their future to look like it is all swoony romance and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I loved this book!  Two otherwise smart men whose view of each other was tempered by their pasts, finally coming together - each oblivious in their own way.  It's a slow build to their eventual HEA, but what they find out about each other in learning to communicate as more than best friends is beautiful and priceless.

This is one of those feel good reads where everyone knows exactly what will happen, they just don't know when... and that inevitably makes it a great book!

Rating: 5 Stars

Oblivious is available to buy as an ebook