Calculated Chaos by Mia Monroe

Calculated Chaos is a standalone contemporary MM romance, with best friends to lovers and a double bi-awakening.

From the blurb:

A weekend of discovery unlocks feelings I didn’t expect. Should we take a chance on love or return to the safety of friendship?

I’m a steady and responsible guy. I’m predictable, reliable... exciting, right? I guess some people might call it a rut. And by some people, I mean my friends and family. On the eve of my fortieth birthday, they stage an intervention. Traitors.

Led by my carefree best friend, Axel, I’m pushed into having fun (shudder), but I try to enjoy the experience for him. It’s all innocent enough until my purely platonic feelings for Axel start to feel like something decidedly more romantic. Which is weird since I’ve known the guy for thirty years… Did I mention we’re both straight? At least I thought we were.

A discovery like this requires thoughtful planning. My reputation for being the reasonable one might help us navigate our new reality. Our lives have been flipped upside down and I'm afraid we'll make a mistake that we can’t fix. Will a little calculated chaos change our lives for the better, or will we go off the rails and lose everything that matters?

Calculated Chaos is a brand new high heat, low angst, contemporary MM romance from Mia Monroe, featuring two childhood best friends, a weekend of debauchery, double bi-awakening, opposites attracting, friends and family who meddle just the right amount, and an unexpected love decades in the making.

Sheena's Review:

This is a standalone contemporary romance with one very buttoned up accountant, and his best friend who pushes him out of his comfort zone. Ending up in them both finding something unexpected. It's relatively low-angst, with a fair bit of heat and a helping of kink.

I liked both Hollister and Axel right away, especially how willing Hollister was to step out of his rut and try new things, and the absolute trust he had in Axel to look after him and I think in turn, Hollister steadies Axel and together they just work. These two have been best friends for years and already had that base of deep friendship. Once the blinders were off and they could see their attraction to each other for what it really was. I loved that once they realized they were both so quickly all in, but it never felt rushed or too fast. It felt right for these two. I LOVED Hollister finding his confidence at work and the nerve to stand up to his dad in his workplace. That was pretty epic, truth be told.

I loved how supportive Axel was in everything. Their dynamic works for them and I did like that they were so willing to discover that part of themselves separately before finding it was much better together. When they did finally get together, it was seriously hot. There's not too much kink, which really worked and I also liked that they went to a safe place to learn all that rather just jumping in on their own.

I really enjoyed this, it was unexpectedly sweet.

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

A series of un-fortunate events?  I love that Axel is trying to be his best-friend self when he stages an intervention weekend for his best friend who is turning 40 and well on the way to hiding himself away completely behind work ...

Hollister commits to going with the flow - with surprising results and more questions than answers - I love how all these new twists give him confidence and clarity... and I love that Axel is there to support and love him.   This is one of those truly feel good romances with the angst and tension falling away as these two men come together through sexual awakening and kink awakening (mild).  I honestly love that the angst and drama stays out of their relationship and things progress in a sweet and wonderful way.  I love the epilogue and how well the story ties up the loose ends!  Sara is a great side character and fun to read too!

I'm sad that this is a standalone romance- I hope these characters find their way into a supporting role somewhere so we can visit them again!

Rating: 5 Stars

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