Why I read this book: Hi guys! Brigham Vaughn just released this short story and when she told me what it was about, I HAD TO read it. Best friends going on a camping trip and exploring their friendship in a new way. Friends to Lovers and Gay For You – what’s not to love. This story is a perfect mixture of sweet innocence and sizzling HOTNESS. ❤
Blurb: Best friends, Eric Carver and Kris Strider have always shared everything. Except for Eric’s growing attraction to Kris. On a camping trip to celebrate the end of the school year a sunburn leads to fooling around and neither are sure what it means. Kris is certain he likes girls but his sudden attraction to Eric can’t be denied. He’s completely fine with his best friend being gay, but now that he knows Eric wants him, he isn’t sure what to do about it. Eric thought all he wanted was to fool around with his friend, but when it starts to feel like something more, he isn’t sure what to do. Are his feelings for Kris worth risking twelve years of friendship?
Publisher: Brigham Vaughn
Publication Date: May 15th, 2014
Page Count: about 37 pgs
Excerpt of “Sunburns and Sunsets”
“Oh my God, it hurts,” Kris whined, poking the red skin on his forearm.
“It’s your own damn fault,” Eric said with a laugh, taking a sip of his beer. “I warned you.”
“I know, I know,” Kris said with a sigh. “But it hurts.”
“Did you at least pack the aloe I suggested?”
Kris scratched his head. “Uh, yeah. I think so.”
“C’mon then, grab it, strip down, and I’ll put some on your shoulders.”
Kris raised an eyebrow at his friend. “Any excuse to get me naked, huh, Carver?”
Eric flipped him off, and Kris laughed. He loved giving Eric shit about being gay. Well, he gave Eric shit about everything, being gay was no different than the fact he was obsessed with peanut butter and banana sandwiches and was afraid of clowns. It was simply a part of who he was, and thus, up for ridicule.
Kris downed the rest of his beer and stood up, wobbling a little. Shit, too much beer, too much sun, and too little food hit him hard. He stripped out of his T-shirt and unzipped the tent flap, tossing the shirt inside before following. He nearly fell wiggling out of his cargo shorts, and threw himself on the pile of sleeping bags with a laugh.
“You sound like you’re having too much fun in there, Kris,” Eric said, crawling into the tent and zipping it shut.
“Fuck you, man,” Kris huffed, face buried in the pillow.
“Only if you ask nicely,” Eric teased.
Copyright: Brigham Vaughn
Cover: The guys on the cover are hot, though they are used on many M/M covers. However, it works being just one aspect of the cover and the tent looks beautiful in the light, inviting and indicates the book as the comfort read it is
Title: The title is very simple, but fitting. This is a short and easy story, a moment frozen in time. A memory of the 🙂
Story: So yeah, I am giving a perfect score to a short story 🙂 . With only 37 pages, you should not expect it to feel like a novel, you will be craving more. However, the format works perfectly for this story. The camping trip is a bubble from the rest of the world, thus the sole focus can be on the two main characters and the moments they share as they explore their relationship. Like a memory, the story transports you to another place and you get to read a beautiful story of friendship and love.
I LOVE friends to lovers stories, because the characters have an established bond, know each other like no one else and yet the changes in their relationship make it new and exciting. The friendship, trust and love make this innocent and playful story feel special and it is the perfect comfort story. I usually don’t re-read stories, but have read this one three times in two days. Even in a few pages, it creates a strong, powerful and emotional connection and you will fall in love with the characters and will want to read their story again and again.
There is always time to go back to 37 pages and even in that short frame, the story feels like it shows the reader a perfect moment in time.
Kris, the straight guy, who loves his friend so much that he fearlessly opens his heart for something new and Eric, the gay guy who is afraid to push his best friend into something he is not ready for and to hope for something that will never be. Their fun and playful banter, the way they know each other – what the other likes, where their scars come from, their deepest secrets – it is such a special connection that it’s easy to see how a relationship between them is worth the try. They complete each other.
This Gay-For-You aspect is done very well, too and I was glad we got to experience the story from both POVs.
Finally, whether because of the tropes I love, the beautiful setting, the lovable characters or just the way it is written, I thought Brigham Vaughn has never written such hot and passionate love scenes. Everything that makes this story can be found there, the friendship, the humor, their special connection, passion and heat.
Since I would and will recommend this story to any and everyone, there is no other way than to award it with the highest rating and I believe the story deserves it 😉
Author Bio: Brigham Vaughn has always been a voracious reader with her own stories to tell. After many years of abandoned plots, something finally clicked. Now she’s eating, sleeping, and breathing writing and is excited to have finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the little time that isn’t spent writing or reading, she loves cooking, yoga, photography, and remodeling her ninety-year-old home. Brigham lives in Michigan with her four cats and an amazing husband who has always been her biggest champion.
Author Website: http://brighamvaughn.wordpress.com/
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7578712.Brigham_Vaughn
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Brigham-Vaughn/e/B00HVNTNSE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0