Louder than Words
October 25, 2016
Nick Torres is known for two things: his poor taste in women and how he’d do anything for his friends. So when his date is interrupted by a frantic text from his best friend Joel, he doesn’t think twice about rushing to his side. Nick insists it’s not personal, but why when given a choice, would he rather hang with Joel over anyone else?
Out of all the challenges Joel’s faced, falling for his best friend shouldn’t be one of them.
Joel’s had a mad crush on Nick ever since the second grade, and it’s becoming even harder to ignore now that they’re live-in roommates. Crippled with severe anxiety, the only interactions Joel’s had over the last eleven months include a LGBT forum he’s a part of as well as the bit of time he gets to spend with Nick. So when Nick suggests inviting one of his forum friends over on a date, Joel figures it’s just the distraction he needs from the man he can never have.
Nick would do anything to get the old Joel back, but he never expected that in order to do so he’d have to give up his heart.
Can he get a handle on his emotions and convince Joel he’s more than just a friend, or will a knee-jerk reaction be enough to end their friendship for good?
- Generic but attractive
- Too brief to put down
- A woman (girlfriend, maybe - don't remember) tells Joel that he spends too much time with Nick and he needs to choose…so Joel picks Nick*
- Nick seems to mostly accept his bisexuality
- The proposal is adorable...
- Although it starts off sad, it's a cute story
- Hip deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Happy (with a hint of emotional whiplash due to the proposal)
- Very few typos
- Decently hot
- Decently sweet
- …but it seemed very abrupt; although they've known each other for almost their whole lives, Nick has only just started to fully realize and accept his sexuality
- Weakly emotional
- Violence (main, one, past)
^Mostly careless mistakes, like “inpatient” when they meant “impatient”
*She thought their friendship was a phase, that her and Joel’s relationship feels unequal, and was waiting for Nick to focus on her. Meanwhile, she’s annoyed that Nick spends all his time talking about Joel. DUH. They’re best friends – and she and Nick haven’t been together very long. What does she expect? Joel has been through a lot, and comparatively speaking, she hasn’t. If Nick just dumps his friends for whoever comes along, what’s to say he won’t do the same to his partner? She said she understood their friendship and Joel’s trauma, but clearly not if she was expecting to come first. That being said, they’re both equally at fault – her for even starting the relationship in the first place and naively letting things go, and Nick for even trying when it’s clear Joel is his priority.
**The author captured the trials of agoraphobia really well; it’s not that people with this disorder don’t WANT to go outside, it’s that they CAN’T – their bodies freak out, the fight, flight, or freeze response kicks in, and everything goes to hell
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