Author: Alina Popescu
Series: Famous on the Internet, Book One
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, M/M Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Start your journey through the new techie/geeky gay romance series by Alina Popescu—Famous on the Internet—with the first book, Br0th3rly.
Fighting his relentless love for Trevor, the guy he was raised to consider his brother, has been Tristan’s mission in life.
To distance himself from Trevor, even after discovering they weren’t really related, he left for college at sixteen. Moving into the city, building a new life, and running an anonymous blog about what he considers sick, twisted feelings might make Tristan famous on the Internet, but it isn’t enough to get over his obsession. Every time he goes home, a quick glance at Trevor brings it all flooding back.
When commitment-phobe Trevor announces he’s got a serious boyfriend during one of Tristan’s rare visits home, the adoring kid brother will be forced to run once again. This time, however, Trevor doesn’t stand back and watch him leave.
Instead, he follows him, making it nigh on impossible for Tristan to keep his love a secret for much longer.
The beers kept flowing, and the drunker we got, even with me pacing myself, the easier things became. We’d laugh and play darts and make fun of each other. Well, mostly him of me, but I was fine with that. My brother mocking me came with half hugs, him ruffling my hair, and a genuine smile that made me weak in the knees. This was always the best part of our evenings together—the moment when we dropped some of the defenses and acted like brothers. I treasured it, even as I walked on eggshells, always worried I’d go too far.
When he started looking dazed and slurring his speech, the uphill ride started for me. First I had to keep him in one piece, make sure he wouldn’t fall over and hit his head or something. Then I had to convince him it was time to go home. It was always a challenge as he never seemed to want to let these evenings go. He insisted on one more round, and another, not noticing by now that I’d been on the same bottle of beer for an hour.
After the bartender told him he was cut off, I managed to drag him out of the pub and help him stagger home. Thankfully, everything here was close enough to walk to. He leaned on me, his left arm wrapped around my shoulders, his body brushing against mine at every step.
With every breath I took, I had to remind myself not to push Trev against the nearest wall and kiss him sober. I knew he’d punch me for it, but the way he felt against me was so insanely hot it made me bite my lip till the irony taste of blood flooded my senses, which kept me from doing anything stupid. Weirdly enough, this slow crawl home, with me convincing myself jumping my brother wasn’t the brightest idea I’d ever had, wasn’t the worst part of the night. That would follow later, once we were home.
Okay, this one scared me, but I needed to try it. Alina’s writing is just too good to pass up, but the title and blurb, the whole premise really, gave me pause. I don’t usually like taboo. To me, a brother is a brother, regardless of blood, so a story about romantic love between brothers isn’t really my thing.
I am so glad I read this. Alina treated the subject with finesse and fairness. The main character feels terrible about the feelings he has for his older brother, and does everything he can to stop himself for acting on his feelings. The descriptions are heartbreaking, heartwarming and hilarious.
The character development, especially of the main character, is awe-inspiring. The writing, except for a few proofing mishaps, is brilliant and almost flawless. The structure of the story includes little blog vignettes and emails which add substance to the story.
Emotionally, I ran the gambit. I cried. I laughed. I was mortified. I pitied.
I can’t, in all honesty, give this 5 stars, because it’s not for everyone, but I really want to. If it weren’t for the taboo aspect of this, I think this would be lauded as one of the best m/m stories of 2016… and yes I know it’s only January, at the moment.
Kudos to you Alina.
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About the author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com