I'm such a sucker for second chance, childhood friends to lovers, and short stories. New Year's...Steve? was a complete hit and nicely ticked all those boxes for me. Such a warm and cozy story, perfect for an hour spent wrapped in a plaid with a cup of coffee. The drama is minimum, the characters realistic, and you can't help but root for them from page 1. Fair warning, once you start you won't be able to put the book down, but you won't regret it for a second.
Ashton Cade writes sweet, sexy stories with plenty of heart! I love this story about small town boys who reconnect in New York. Her characters pull you in right away, and you can't help but root for their HEA. Highly recommend!
I’m a sucker for stories where childhood friends eventually realize that they are in love. Ashton Cade’s “New Year’s… Steve?” brings all of those warm and fuzzy feels that accompany tales of friends reuniting—Matt from Snow Lake, Michigan, and Steve now living in New York City. Do yourself a favor… get a warm cup of something, a cuddly blanket, and immerse yourself in their world. You’ll be glad you did.
Ashton Cade knows how to write sweet, Hallmark-esque romance that'll have you falling in love. I adored this friends-to-lovers story! Bonus: fans of Cade's previous works are in for a treat... but I'll let you discover just what it is for yourself.
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New Year's... Steve?
I’m in the middle of the most mind-blowing, world-altering, curl-up-in-a-ball-and-reconsider-everything-you-know-about-life orgasm, and it’s all I can do to not fall to pieces completely...
But let's back up a little.
Being a small-town guy, even thinking about moving to NYC for college is intimidating. But what pulls me there more than anything is my long-lost best friend Steve. I only realized after he left Snow Lake that I liked men, and was probably in love with Steve. Sure he's in a relationship and I don't expect anything. But when I end up having to pretend to be his fake boyfriend on NYE, I start to wonder... Do second chances exist?
I've always been a bit of a f@ckup. With relationships, jobs, college, I can't get anything right. I've been running from my mistakes my whole life. When hot firefighter Dane stops me in my tracks, I'm stuck. Not only is he one of my best friends here in Alaska, but he is one of the sexiest men I've ever seen. Why would he like a closet case like me who hasn't had sex with anyone but myself in a year?
When he asks me out, I almost start running again. But the way he accepts me for who I am almost makes me want to show my real self to everyone in my life--to have Dane on my arm in public, proud, in front of them all.
Only a sexy firefighter like Dane could smoke me out of the closet... Can I stop hiding and leave the old me in the ashes without losing everything?