Stacked (Mars Fitness Book 2) by Linden Bell

These two men have been best friends for years, that's all they've seen each other as. Until a series of events triggers these two men to acknowledge what they truly feel for one another, before it's too late.

From the Stacked blurb:

When the person you desire is so close, and yet so far.

I've been in love with my best friend and roommate since the first day of boarding school over a decade ago. But Preston has always been oblivious, obsessed with his PhD research, and more importantly, straight.

When the new, sexy grad student walks into my gym, I have to wonder... is it time for me to move on?

Some guy is trying to steal my best friend. I won't let him. Sawyer's mine.

Maybe I haven't appreciated Sawyer enough over the years, but that's going to change now. I'll do whatever it takes to keep him by my side. Even if it means kissing him.

Stacked is a best friends to lovers, bi-awakening, nerd/jock MM romance between possessive, protective, and co-dependent roommates. Expect the most tender caretaking, slipping into each other's beds in the middle of the night, and adorable clinginess. It is the second book in the Mars Fitness series and can be read as a standalone.

Angel's review:

This has been my favorite book of Linden's so far! The writing was fantastic and believable, the characters were realistic and well developed, and I loved the pacing!

This story starts us off where these two men first meet, and from there we're reading both characters perspectives throughout the events that are occuring during present time. I really enjoyed the way Preston and Sawyer's relationship was handled, they had a very special and unique bond, that neither man was ashamed of.

I could personally relate to Preston's character in quite a few ways. I absolutely adore his character and I empathized with him. He wasn't sure what exactly he was feeling, he just knew how he was feeling wasn't good. Some might say that Preston just needed to give Sawyer space, but the bond they had wasn't like that. They might have not realized or acknowledged that there was more to their relationship than just friendship, but they definitely had those strong feelings for most of the story.

The way Sawyer prioritized Preston was so endearing, and the way he made sure Preston was taking care of himself, and giving him reminders of the things he ends up forgetting. The moment that spurred Preston into pursuing Sawyer was such an emotional scene. It really could've gone either way, but I'm glad that things turned out. I enjoyed how their romantic relationship evolved from that point on.

Being able to read about the personal growth that Preston's character went through was so uplifting to read about. He didn't want his fear to hold him back anymore, he wanted to take care of Sawyer like how Sawyer's been taking care of him. He wants to stand up to his dad, pursue his academia, and be in a relationship with his best friend. I love that his character grew and developed over the course of the story, it was written beautifully.

Overall a really fantastic friends to lovers story! This has very low angst in it, there is quite a bit of steam but not an excessive amount. The ending was my favorite part, it was so sweet and beautiful!

Heather's Review:

Have you ever wondered what the Big Bang Theory would look like if Sheldon were gay and one of his besties was a hot gay gym rat?  Well the wait is over, as Linden Bell takes on a super smart, but not very worldly Preston and makes him best friends with Sawyer, his best friend, protector and the man whose been in love with his best friend for years...

I love the dynamic at work as Preston slowly figures out that what he feels for Sawyer is different than he thinks.. and takes them on a journey that elicits jealousy, fear and longing before bringing everything in their lives together...

Stacked is currently available as an e-book and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription