When State Trooper Travis Kinslow is injured right before Thanksgiving, the only positive is that for once he won’t be working during the holidays. Since he has no family, Travis was absorbed into his best friend, Joe’s, and he considers them as good as his own. Everyone except Joe’s brother Noah. Travis has been in love with the younger man for much of his life, but he’s always kept his distance.
As an ER nurse, Noah is a caretaker by nature. When his brother’s best friend is hurt, he’s happy to help Travis while he heals. He’s only ever allowed himself to think of Travis as the next best thing to an older brother, but by the light of the Christmas tree, Noah finally sees Travis’s true feelings. And in that moment, everything changes.
When faced with opposition and a Christmas nothing like they imagined, will their hopes for the future be enough to carry them through?
My Rating - 5 Stars!
Kris Bethke's His Needs is a great best friend's brother romance, with a friend to lover aspect as well.
It has some sweet moments, some tension, and some steamy moments.
I do find the change from friends to lovers to happen quickly, but it also makes sense, as they already know each other so well. It just seemed to happen out of nowhere.
As best friend's brother is one of my favorite tropes, I definitely enjoyed this tale. At just 113 pages, there's not a lot of time wasted with the relationship development and the tension aspect. I love how close Travis is to Noah's family. As for the family tension, it seems a little forced, but again, it works okay.
His Needs is definitely a tender holiday romance. For a short story, it's a lot of fun; enough fun that I wish it was longer so that we could experience more of these men.