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Friday, September 17, 2010

Bewitched by Bella's Brother by Amy Lane

Bewitched by Bella's Brother by Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (180 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Sebastian Craig and Isabella Bryne have been best friends for five years in the Neverland of academia, and that's where they're planning to stay. So when Bella's brother, Asa, offers them a rent-free summer in his gorgeous home before they move to their next college and degree, they jump at the chance. It looks like a good deal at first... but there's more to Asa than meets the eye, and Sebastian finds himself suddenly hip-deep in complicated, grown-up problems and the frightening, bemusing prospect of having a family that will miss him when he's gone.

When the best summer of his life finally ends, Sebastian has to make a difficult decision between staying in perpetual childhood forever, and facing adulthood—with all of its joys and fears. It seems that when Sebastian and Bella came up with a master plan for the future, they didn't count on Sebastian being bewitched by Bella's brother.

Out and proud Sebastian thinks he’s seen it all until he finally meets Bella’s brother and is thrown for a loop. Sebastian is an outgoing, gregarious, fun loving guy who’s BFF’s with his best girl Bella. Bella and Sebastian met at college and have been side by side ever since. Through bad boyfriends and unfortunate clothing choices, the two are as thick as thieves. So when the chance comes up to bunk at her brother’s house for the summer before heading off for Sebastian’s second doctorate, the two friends jump at the chance. Little they did realize that summer would change their lives.

Bewitched By Bella’s Brother is another great story from Amy Lane. This one is a contemporary romance that is pretty sweet with the only tension from Sebastian’s commitment issues. The writing is great with a lot of fun banter and the friendship between Bella and Sebastian is really touching. They are catty, bitchy, and loving with each other. Bella’s brother Asa has an adorable son Jordan and is openly bisexual. He’s immediately interested in Sebastian but the two gradually fall in love. There is physical chemistry but they build a fulfilling emotional connection as well. Too often in books the characters have sex immediately and live happily ever after but this story shows that happening gradually and is all the better for it.

The story is incredibly quick to read and I definitely was sorry to see it end. It’s funny, witty, entertaining, absorbing, cute, and romantic. The sex between Asa and Sebastian is pretty hot but the dynamics of the family as a whole, including Bella and Asa’s mother, father, etc, make for a well rounded cast. Sebastian is the star though and well worthy of the spotlight. The only hiccup in this engaging story is Sebastian’s empty insistence on following his plans regardless of everything else. This keeps the tension in the story but the obvious happy ending is hanging over this conflict in neon lights so I could have done without it.

Other than that, Bewitched By Bella’s Brother delivers a thoroughly enchanting story from start to finish. This feels like a real love story and one you’ll just adore reading. Asa’s son Jordan threatens to steal the spotlight with his antics but he’s just one of the cast that’s likely to vie for reader hearts. Pick this up and choose your favorite. With as wonderful as this is, you’re bound to have a tough time choosing.

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