Our Way by T.L. Swan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Friends to lovers with a twist!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓😉🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Eliza Bennett – In the prologue she moved from Florida to San Francisco and is just starting a new job as a nurse at a new hospital when she meets Nathan who just moved from New York and it is his first day as well, though as a resident doctor. They become fast friends and Eliza is immediately attracted to Nathan but soon finds out he is gay. Ten years later and they are still best friends.
The Hero: Nathan Mercer – a cardiovascular surgeon who prototyped and patented a new kind of bionic heart using his own life savings. He now has a factory in Germany that makes them and ships them all over the world. He is handsome, strong, and wealthy. He is friends with Eliza, though they are not romantically involved, of course.
The Story: Eliza refuses to work for Nathan and she still thinks he is the most handsome man she has ever seen. They are best friends and always support each other. Nathan has no patience for most people, but he is protective of Eliza and possessive as well.
When Eliza interviews for a new job with a plastic surgeon, the Doctor (Morgan) is honest with her and tells her he is attracted to her so is unsure he can work with her. So she lies and says she is in a relationship. She does practically live with Nathan, since he stays at her place nearly every night and sleeps in her bed (platonically).
This story is told in multiple points of view via dual narration. It is narrated by Elena Wolfe (Eliza’s POV), Andi Arndt (Eliza’s friends) and Connor Crais (Nathan’s POV). Elena has a soft, feminine voice which is age appropriate for Eliza, she sounds intelligent and has an expressive voice. Connor Crais has a great voice, deep and sexy which matches Nathan. Andi Arndt sounds to me almost exactly like Elena Wolfe, I actually have trouble telling them apart.
Like most of T.L. Swan’s books, this is about a relationship. Though this one has a bit more conflict than most, since Nathan has always been attracted to men in the past. Though he has never wanted to label himself as gay, he has never been attracted to a woman until one day his body reacts to seeing her in a bikini.
Nathan struggles with his feelings and not wanting to ruin the most important friendship of his life and sees a psychologist to try to make sense of things. I really liked Nathan’s journey in the first part of the book. The issues that Eliza struggled with, while feeling insecure and fearing that Nathan may someday need more than her or go back to his former life, was dealt with very well.
There were things I didn’t like. For instance both Nathan and Eliza were jealous of others. It seemed like every time Nathan became jealous, Eliza accused him of behaving like a child, yet she got just as jealous and he was supposed to understand her feelings. Granted she had a bit more reason to be jealous, but still it bothered me how many times she told him to stop being a baby.
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