★★ Release Day Review — Brody & Nick (Something About Him) by A.D. Ellis
BRODY & NICK
𝒮𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒜𝒷𝑜𝓊𝓉 𝐻𝒾𝓂
Army specialist Brody King is a successful and respected soldier. With only a year left in his commitment, he devises a plan to help him save money—a plan that requires him to marry.
Nick Ferguson is working toward college graduation and his community services management career. With his lease about to expire, he’s more than willing to take Brody up on his crazy marriage scheme.
A solution that seems quick and easy turns into more than either of them ever anticipated. When Brody’s fears and insecurities surface, he makes a decision that may push Nick away forever.
Can a fake marriage built upon friendship withstand the obstacles of an uncertain future?
**This is a male/male romance for ages 18+ due to adult language and themes.**
In the military, if you are married, you are given an allowance and you are allowed to live off base. Brody starts working this plan with Nick as a way to save money for each of them over the next year. They would be roommates at most, friends definitely, and if benefits were added, all the better.
Brody & Nick didn’t start off with the perfect marriage and the white picket fence. They didn’t even have rings during their lunchtime wedding. What they did have was an understanding and a friendship and big hopes of saving money for their futures down the road.
Brody only has a year left in the Army and he plans on going to college afterwards to earn a degree and prove to himself and his family that he can be something to be proud of. He battles with insecurities and depression and a lot of what he perceives as failures are only failures he sees himself. His family and friends support him and think he is wonderful, but it’s not always been smooth sailing.
Nick will soon graduate with his college degree and he already has plans for where he wants to work and how he wants to put his degree to good use. However, his current roommate is a big douche and he’s on board for any plans that will get him away from his living arrangements and if he can save money in the process… where does he sign?
The author pulls the reader in from the first pages with Brody & Nick and you fall in love with both of them instantly. They have been talking over the phone for a while so they are more than familiar with each other but, they are still shy when they meet in person.
Once they get comfortable around each other it’s like they have been together forever. They complement each other perfectly, they banter back and forth and you will have a smile on your face through most of the story.
They have chemistry that just sparks when they are in the same room and I love the fact that even early in their relationship they kept touching each other. Whether it be on the hand, the arm, or the back, just somewhere to feel the connection with the other.
There’s also a wonderful cast of secondary characters that really brings the story full circle. You’ll understand what I mean when you read it yourself, but everyone should be so lucky to have a best friend like Addie. Brody’s mom is another character that put a huge smile on my face and I had quite a few visuals of ear-pulling.
Even though most of this story is fast-paced and light-hearted the author doesn’t overlook homophobia in the military and I admired Brody’s mature actions in the way he handled it. Is he always mature? No, he screws up, more than once, and it’s going to be up to Nick whether he wants to forgive him.
Brody & Nick had my full attention from start to finish and I really enjoyed the author’s writing and it flowed effortlessly which really had me captivated from the beginning. This is a pretty low-angst story, although there are some moments that are unnerving but they were either short lived or through just good storytelling I found myself smiling most of the time.
I have a relative in the military right now, who just got married, so it was very refreshing and gratifying reading factual information that my own family had just discussed a few weeks earlier. I don’t know how much research the author had to do or if she just knew but it was very nice.
The epilogue is an enjoyable bonus that answers many questions and leaves your heart full of joy and a huge smile on your face. A very recommended read.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.*
About the Author
A.D. Ellis spends the majority of her days loving and wrangling two school-aged children and a husband before heading to the inner city of Indiana to teach a challenging group of alternative education students in grades third through sixth.
Most days she hits the gym after school in hopes of running and lifting away the stress and headaches of the day before picking up her children and squeezing a whole day’s worth of loving and living into the too-short hours before bed. It’s no wonder Ms. Ellis lives for the slower, easier days she gets to enjoy on breaks from school.
Growing up in a small farming town in southern Indiana, A.D. is grateful to her mother for passing along the love of reading. With her nose constantly stuck in a book, Ms. Ellis became accustomed to friends and acquaintances snickering and shaking their heads at her love of reading.
A.D. never dreamed of being anything but a teacher, although there are certain times of the year when she laments her career choice. Ms. Ellis had a story idea floating in her head for about a year. After persistent prodding from a friend, A.D. put pen to paper and began writing her first story in October 2013. From that moment on, she was hooked. Taking the people and stories from her head and sharing them with readers is a scary, exhausting, rewarding, and fulfilling experience which A.D. plans to continue until there are no more stories banging around in her mind.