Love & Family #3
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Mort wants his de facto family back. . . .
He knows he doesn’t deserve them. Not yet, anyway. Not without making up for leaving them in their time of need.
But it’s not easy to make amends. Mort must show how much he wants the Rochester family back in his life. When his best friend’s younger brother, Felix, has his license suspended, Mort jumps at the chance to play chauffeur and to win back the family he desperately wants to call his own.
Repairing his broken relationships—with all five Rochester siblings—becomes Mort’s personal mission. Especially with Felix. Felix, who used to follow him everywhere. Felix, who idolized him. Felix, whom Mort has not stopped thinking about . . .
Felix is just trying to keep it together. . . .
With a perma-smile as his armor, he’s determined to make his family happy. Determined to be a positive role model to his three younger sisters, while their mum struggles with depression after her kidney transplant.
Unfortunately, no amount of smiling can save his license when he gets pulled over for the umpteenth time, and he still needs to get his sisters to school, soccer, and dance classes.
The solution to his problem emerges in the return of their prodigal neighbor, Mort. Mort, who left their lives without a word. Mort, who was in love with Felix’s older brother.
Mort, who is the last guy Felix wants charging back into their lives. . . .
Mort and Felix. Two guys bound by a rocky past—
—a past they must come to terms with to find true happiness in the here and now.
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Set in New Zealand, Happy For You (Love & Family #3) is an MM gay romance featuring two guys pitted together in a blue 1988 station wagon — and there’s no doubt about it, Mort is going to drive Felix crazy.
Can be read as a standalone.
Tropes: brother’s best friend, second chances, family drama, friends-to-lovers, slow burn, found family
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance
Trigger warnings: Depression and generalized anxiety (of a side character)
“The “best friend’s little brother” trope is done to perfection here. I loved that while Mort was trying to find his way back to a family he (supposedly) let down, and re-establish his relationship with his best friend, he always put Felix first, even when Felix couldn’t see it.
Lots of feels, tons of UST, very strong sense of family, banter and a little (but enough) steam are some of the things that made this a winner for me.” – Ele at Gay Book Reviews (4/5 stars)
“The story kept me anxiously awaiting what would happen next from start to finish, smiling for most of the ride, so I’d rate this one at around 4 stars and recommend it.” – Todd at My Fiction Nook (4/5 stars)
“A heartwarming love story set in New Zealand that is guaranteed to leave you with feel good vibes.” – OnceUpon_A_BookDream (4/5 stars)
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Check out the other instalments in the “Love & Family” series:
Taboo For You
Made For You
Cover art: Natasha Snow
Line edit: Heather at HJS Editing
Proofreading: Lynda Lamb