Author: Alina Popescu
Series: Famous on the Internet, Book One
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, M/M Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Start your journey through the new techie/geeky gay romance series by Alina Popescu—Famous on the Internet—with the first book, Br0th3rly.
SynopsisFighting his relentless love for Trevor, the guy he was raised to consider his brother, has been Tristan’s mission in life.
To distance himself from Trevor, even after discovering they weren’t really related, he left for college at sixteen. Moving into the city, building a new life, and running an anonymous blog about what he considers sick, twisted feelings might make Tristan famous on the Internet, but it isn’t enough to get over his obsession. Every time he goes home, a quick glance at Trevor brings it all flooding back.
When commitment-phobe Trevor announces he’s got a serious boyfriend during one of Tristan’s rare visits home, the adoring kid brother will be forced to run once again. This time, however, Trevor doesn’t stand back and watch him leave.
Instead, he follows him, making it nigh on impossible for Tristan to keep his love a secret for much longer.
Trevor grabbed my shoulder and gave it a reassuring squeeze, pushing me closer to the bike. “Come on, Trist. I promise I won’t speed. Much.” He grinned and winked, then hid his glee under the helmet. He handed another to me, and I copied his moves. Of course I couldn’t manage to secure it on my own, so he did it for me. Then he handed me his spare jacket and stared me down till I put it on.
I never got why he’d gotten a bike. It meant no dice during winters and getting baked in the summer. Or going without protective gear and being squashed by idiot drivers. At that moment, though, that helmet and jacket were my best friends. I felt so hot, short of breath, and uncomfortable. I almost fainted a few times. It might have had something to do with my almost panic attack from earlier, but it kept my cock only half hard and turned the ride home into a hazy experience. Before I knew it, I was collapsing on the nearest couch in the living room, after ten minutes of hugs and kisses from both Mom and Dad.
Trevor stood in front of me, grinning and shaking his head like a wet dog, sweat dripping from his long, curly locks.
“Ew, cut it out.” I mumbled my complaint, crossing my arms over my face. It wasn’t to protect me from the droplets, it was to keep the view of him away and my dick soft. He had removed his top right after the helmet, jacket, and gloves. I did not want to be enthralled by the way his hair fell around his beautiful face, or how sweat beads traced his body in the very way my fingers tingled to.
Trev laughed it off and plopped down right next to me, crossing his legs and resting his head on my shoulder. “A little sweat won’t melt you, little witch,” he said, and closed his eyes. “Just stay there and look pretty. I’m exhausted.”
Right off the bat I want to say that I couldn’t put this book down. I literally got nothing done the afternoon I decided to read it, because once I got started, it was impossible to turn away. Thankfully, one spawn was at school and the other was working on a college project, which left me with the couch, some music, and a supply of Chai tea.
Tristan’s pain was both difficult to read and beautiful in its complexity. It was so easy to sympathize with his feelings for Trevor and the jealousy that he experienced every time he saw or heard Trevor with someone else. One could look at his behavior as obsessive in some ways, but it is so clear that his feelings are beyond his control and beyond what he’s been able to do to turn them off or tune them out. I think the thing that struck me the most was that in his effort to block out the feelings, avoid them and most importantly avoid anyone finding out about them, he’d begun to push away all of the people who mattered the most to him.
Not only was he suffering, but in isolating himself, he was causing those who loved and cared about him pain too, including Trevor, who he’d pushed further and further away with every passing year. I thought that their parents were wonderful people who loved their kids, valued their family time, and wanted both of them to be happy in their lives. They worried about Tristan working so hard and never seeming to have time for the family. It was awesome to see parents who wanted their child to enjoy life on top of having a good job/future.
I felt like I was swept into the story it was easy to hurt for them, want to cry for them and cheer for them, it was touching and painful and funny and sweet all rolled up into one well told tale. This is one I will return to and read over and over again. Five dancing hamsters from me.
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About the authorWriter, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com