Grown-up by Kim Fielding

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grown upBlurb

It’s time for Austin Beier to grow up. His car is falling apart, his roommates are less than ideal, and he’s just been fired for the umpteenth time. His love life hasn’t evolved past bathroom hookups at his favorite clubs. Forced to borrow money from his father yet again, Austin is walloped by an epiphany—he needs someone to mentor him into maturity. And who better to teach him how to be an adult than Ben, his father’s office manager? Cute in a nerdy sort of way and only a few years older than Austin, Ben is a master of organization and responsibility. But as he gets to know Ben better, Austin learns that whether you’re eight or twenty-eight, growing up is never easy.

Review

Austin is 29 going on 19. He’s never finished college, loses more jobs than he keeps, lives in a hovel with roommates who have also never grown up and he’s currently almost late for rent.

Austin goes to his dad for money – again- and notices for the first time that the long time assistant who works for his dad, Ben, is about Austin’s age, but he’s a GROWN UP.

After a series of epiphanies, Austin asks Ben to mentor him in the ways of adulthood. Ben reluctantly agrees and together they map out a strategy of mature action for Austin to undertake.

What happens in relatively short time (really the boy just needed to quit clubbing and do some damn laundry) is that not only is Austin holding down a job, he’s re-evaluating his life and starting to make some future thinking goals. The other side effect is that he’s made his first “grown up” friend in Ben.

After celebrating his new gainfully employed status, Austin offers to give Ben some of that missing childhood he’s never had by taking him out to a club. There they realize that besides being friends they might be more.

Of course, it can’t be that easy. We’ve got some more growing up to do – on both sides of the relationship – but we do end up with a pretty solid HEA and a giant smile on our faces.

**

I adore Kim Fielding. Her books are always awesome. Sometimes thought provoking. Terribly sweet and always heart-warming.

She is a master at character development and pacing, so though I always wish the story was longer, I can’t fault her for leaving anything out or skimming over any important details. They’re just so good I want more!

In this case I wish we’d had a bit more after the couple cements itself as a couple, though it is ooey gooey sweet and adorable, I wish we could have seen them for at least one final scene living in domestic bliss.

There was not a lot of smexy times in the story, but what we get was awesome.

I highly recommend this book and this author.

5 of 5 hearts

5

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PS I’m not sure what the deal is with the cover – but it doesn’t do the story justice.

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