Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Book: Friends and Lovers by Vristen Pierce

I received a copy of Friends and Lovers from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Stacy has just returned from a 6 month trip to London, and is determined to be over her previous flings with Evan and Justin, particularly as they spent a night the three of them together. Or at least she wanted to be over them until she saw them again, and when all three of them realise that there is a spark between them that can't be denied. Though Evan and Justin see it as a competition to see who she loves, Stacy just can't chose, and when they ask her to she is torn apart.

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What would you do if you were in love with two best friends? That is the dilemma that Stacy faces, which is mostly linked to the idea that the two men could get jealous and possessive. And I thought that the author depicted the rivalry, and the jealousy between the two men well, it was believable, but kind of heart breaking at the same time. But saying that, the solution was pretty obvious from the start and so that wasn't really surprising.

I wasn't sure what to make of the racial moments in the book. There's nothing obviously racist (and I'm not calling the author racist or anything like that), but there was a moment when Stacy's ex boyfriend turned up when it seemed as if there was tension from him because Evan and Justin were white. I hadn't really given it much thought until then other than taking it as a part of the looks of the two men, and Stacy's dark skin as a part of her looks, so I'm not sure if there is more of a story there.

There were quite a few sex scenes in Friends and Lovers, so if you want to read then you should expect that, but there are other scenes in the book, such as the friendship between Nina and Stacy, as well as the getting to know bits and pieces about the two men. There were also one or two fantastic one liners that got a giggle from me!