While I found An Angel for Christmas to be utterly delightful, Forces of Nature feels very meh to me. The story is decent and gives a happy ending to some friends secretly in love with each other but I sadly got bored with the couple right before they had sex and even good gay loving couldn’t re-engage my interest. The writing is decent, though I think Grace has gotten better, and this is likely to appeal to those who love the friends turned lovers theme.
The story starts with best friends for eight years Drew and Evan caught in a thunderstorm. Being wet and cold they of course need to get naked and warm (heh) and this leads to a frank discussion about their feelings. Since the two are established best friends the majority of the story is spent on Drew secretly pinning for Evan. Drew goes over how the two met, why he fell for Evan, laments that they’ve never gotten together and how Drew is secretly in love with Evan and always has been.
Thus the first 2/3rds of the story is Drew telling about his relationship to Evan. There are a few bits of dialogue as the friends skirt a potentially sticky situation but most of the narrative is in Drew’s head as he lists why Evan is so wonderful. Evan comes across as a fey, somewhat fragile but bright outgoing personality that is just waiting for Drew to hit on him. Evan has a lot of potential but he never really comes alive for me and instead feels more like a caricature. The impetus that forces the two to admit their feelings feels week, especially after 8 years, and so I didn’t really care if they got together.
Although I liked the idea of both characters and the brief glimpses into their personality, I never really connected with either and got bored with the story. It’s short though and has a lengthy sex scene so those that particularly like the friends to lovers theme may like this more. It’s not bad, it just didn’t seem to work for me but I look forward to reading more work by this author.
*footnote I struggled with the rating on this one. I didn’t particularly like it and felt it was ok so a 2 rating really suits. My concern is that often a 2 means a bad book and I’d like to point out that this is not a bad book. It didn’t speak to me but it may to others so please don’t let the rating turn you off.