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Midnight Clear by Mercy Celeste

This is a wonderful friends-to-lovers story (previously published as Need You Now).
Midnight ClearMidnight Clear by Mercy Celeste

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Jake has lusted after his college roommate for four long years. Undeniably straight, Logan was out of reach. But was he? After the loss of his first love, Jake discovers that maybe Logan wasn’t as straight as he seemed.

Jake Benefield knows he has to let go of the crush he’s had on Logan Riley for four long years. He leaves to pursue a graduate degree only to discover love and loss. Home again, the last thing he expects is for Logan to confess his feelings for him. Can their friendship survive a cold Christmas one night stand or is Logan looking for more than Jake is ready to give him?

Note from author: Midnight Clear is a re-release formerly titled Need You Now. Other than title there are no significant changes to the story.

So what did I think?

It has all the elements for a lovely emotional read – best friends who are driven apart by undenied feelings, tragedy and heartache and finally a true admission of feelings.

Jake had a crush on his best friend Logan and left town after catching him in bed with Jake’s girl friend (girl friend not girlfriend). Jake does find happiness but tragedy drives him home again where he and Logan finally confront their feelings.

They finally admit their feelings and the history of their crushes on each other, with the emotions of the confessions finally falling over into lustful passion. Logan believes that Jake is not ready for a relationship “I know. Jake. No strings. I swear. I’m not looking to pressure you and if this is all there is then I’m good. I swear. Still friends. Just one night to know.” and Logan has a sexual history which led to Jake’s belief that he would just be one of many…“I just wanted to be one of them. I wasn’t vain enough to think I’d be the last. Logan was a horndog. There would be more. I wasn’t naive.” The sex scene that follows is sizzling – all those years of built up longing and passion….

I loved the characters and thought the handling of Jake’s grief, while at the same time allowing his relationship with Logan to rekindle, was beautifully done. Logan is also wonderful as the bisexual slut reformed, opening his heart to his friend.

When this story ended I wanted more! 3.5 stars (plus at $0.99 it was a bargain!)

To find out more about Mercy Celeste and her books visit her website.

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