Title: Nobody Else’s
Author: Nell Iris
Publisher: JMS Books
Length: 69 Pages
At a Glance: I’ve become a fan of this author’s feel-good novellas. I would definitely recommend checking out Beckett and Levi’s story!
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: Mars enters Pisces, giving Beckett Cooper the opportunity to assert himself when it comes to a secret infatuation; his best friend’s younger brother Levi. But can Beckett trust what’s in front of him and be brave enough to take what he wants?
With Venus in Virgo, people usually become more reserved, but Levi Byrne always takes the opposite road of what’s expected of him. So, instead of pulling back, he reaches out for a man he’s been interested in for years; Beckett Cooper.
Is it the celestial bodies aligning to bring together two people destined for each other? Or is it a simple tale of boy meets boy, boy likes boy, and boy wants to kiss boy? Do Beckett and Levi even care, or are they too busy getting to know each other … and falling in love?
Review: Nell Iris’s Nobody Else’s is, in a word, sweet. But, not at all in that ugh-that-gave-me-a-stomachache way. It’s just the right amount to put a wistful smile on your face. At least that’s what it did to me. 😊 It’s not just sweet, though; it’s also fun, light-hearted, and utterly worth spending a couple of hours reading.
The story starts out with Beckett meeting his college buddy, Matt, for lunch, except, Matt doesn’t show up alone. He brings his younger brother Levi, whom he helped escape from babysitting their younger siblings. We know from the very beginning that Beckett has a good-sized crush on Levi and has had for years. He admires Levi for so many reasons. I loved how sort of…reverent Beckett’s view of Levi is. He loves his intelligence, his kindness, his love for his family, his thoughtfulness, etc. When Matt has to rush out on lunch to help his girlfriend, Beckett surprises himself by offering to take Levi home, giving them a chance to catch up.
Levi also has a secret crush on Beckett (Duh! It’s a romance novella) that he has never had the courage to act on. But, when Beckett suggests they stay at lunch a little longer, and offers to give him a ride home, Levi takes full advantage of the opportunity to open up a little to Beckett, and to maybe be seen as someone other than just Matt’s younger brother. I loved Beckett, but I think Levi was my favorite. He was just so sincere and earnest. And, I love the way he boosted Beckett’s confidence and sense of self-worth, made him feel worthy of love and attention.
As with her other novellas, Iris makes the most out of the limited pages. The MCs are nicely fleshed out—I really liked Levi’s backstory—and the romance builds naturally and not too quickly. Also, these characters were so real, which is refreshing, and so sweet to each other; I just adored them. I feel like I know more about Beckett and Levi than I do about some characters in three-hundred page novels I’ve read. The author’s use of alternating POV chapters also helps give a good sense about both guys, which is great. And, I enjoyed the funny little horoscopes; they were a cute device.
I’ve become a fan of this author’s feel-good novellas. In fact, I think Iris has made fans out of a few reviewers at TNA. Nobody Else’s delivered on the cute, short read I was looking for; I would definitely recommend checking out Beckett and Levi’s story!
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