REVIEW: Wanting + Giving In by Piper Vaughn


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Rating 5 Stars

He wasn’t sure exactly when it’d happened, but there’d been a moment the day before when Laurie looked at Jonah and realized he wasn’t just some friend with benefits anymore, if he ever had been in the first place.

Jonah has crushed on his brother’s best friend, Laurie, for many years but he doesn’t know how to get Laurie to see him as a potential lover. In the hopes of getting Laurie’s sympathy, Jonah claims to have an ex-boyfriend who broke up with him when he wouldn’t have sex. He tells Laurie he doesn’t want to go to college and embarrasses himself with his lack of knowledge so he asks Laurie to sleep with him and take his virginity. Laurie is shocked at first and tells him no but the more he thinks about it, the more he has to admit that he’s experienced some very non-brotherly thoughts about Jonah recently.

I really enjoyed this one and wish it could have been longer because I loved both these guys. For such a short novella, this was very well developed and felt much longer to read than it actually was.

Jonah might be inexperienced but he knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to go after it. He’s also surprising protective of Laurie and I truly enjoyed the confrontation between Jonah and Travis — Travis so had that coming. Laurie was so sweet and gentle with Jonah and he really wanted to make sure Jonah’s first time was something he could cherish. Jonah was his friend first and he wanted to do right by him but also move into this new phase of their relationship. They were really great together.

I also really liked Marcus and he was a great friend to Laurie. I was surprised with how the best friend’s sibling issue worked out and I actually liked it more than the usual angry confrontation that occurs in these types of books. Marcus recognized Laurie’s worth and how he would be the perfect guy for Jonah.

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Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary    M/M Romance Group    January 15, 2014

Jonah Beckett has been in love with his older brother’s best friend, George “Laurie” DeWitt, since he was thirteen-years-old. When his boyfriend, Dirk, breaks up with him for refusing to put out, Jonah uses his heartbreak over the situation as an excuse to ask Laurie to teach him all about sex before he starts college in the fall. Problem is, he made Dirk up, and Jonah has no idea what will happen when Laurie finally finds out the truth.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Hot Summer Days” event.

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Rating 4 Stars
This was a really cute sequel to Wanting and I’m glad to get a bit more about Laurie and Jonah. Jonah was so adorkable with his love of superheroes and his desire to role play. Laurie initially has no interest in it and thinks it’s lame but when he realizes that he’s hurt Jonah’s feelings, he learns to embrace his goofier side.

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Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary    Piping Hot Books    March 3, 2016

It’s Jonah and Laurie’s first Valentine’s Day. What could be a better way to celebrate than with a little kinky superhero role-play? According to Laurie, pretty much anything. Bummed, but unwilling to pressure his boyfriend into something he doesn’t want to do, Jonah resigns himself to celebrating a more traditional Valentine’s Day. But Jonah isn’t the only one who hates to see his boyfriend unhappy

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