Talk about slow burn! Unrequited was such an addictive, fast-paced, friends-to-lovers romance with ultimate pining and an absolutely sizzling chemistry. I read this book in one sitting, it was completely unputdownable!
Unrequited follows Andy Montgomery and his unrequited love for his straight college roommate West Baxter from college and ten years onwards. It’s the first book in the Unrequited/Requited Duology, and is told solely from Andy’s POV.
I immediately rooted for both Andy and West and I loved the wonderful chemistry between them. They were both such amazing and relatable characters, and I adored their friendship. Most of the book was filled with angst, since Andy fell so hard for West right from the start, but never could act on it to risk their friendship. But it was still an easy, fast-paced and heartwarming read! I love slow-burn romances, so I definitely got the bang for my buck here with ten years of pining…
I really appreciated the focus on Andy’s and West’s friendship, and how Andy didn’t let his feelings get in the way of that. There were some really beautiful moments at the end where they talked about their feelings and opened up completely to each other. I also loved the side characters Tyler and Sarah, and how supportive they were of Andy.
The first part of the book was the best, with their college years. After that, the pace changed and the story became much more sweeping and a bit shallow. There was also a part involving Tyler that felt completely out of place and that I’d rather been without. And, but this is just my personal preference, there were some parts that were a bit too sexually explicit for me (I’m more into YA…). I’m sure these spicy parts will be the favorite ones for many other readers though, and they were really well written!
All in all, this was such an addictive, sweet and angsty story about falling for your best friend with adorable characters and a satisfying conclusion. I binge-read it in just a few hours, and can’t wait to read the second book to get West’s POV to it all!
Thank you so much to the author Jesse H. Reign for the opportunity to read this adorable book for free! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
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