Title: Sage Advice
Author: Susan Laine
Length: 8,053 words (34 pdf pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: m/m contemporary
Piper is a ballet dancer who has lost his footing—literally. Now his dreams are shot and he’s depressed enough that his best friend, Sage, lures him into a night of drinking and games. Except the game is truth or dare, and they end up doing less drinking and more confessing. Hidden secrets spill out and brazen acts draw the two men closer as they discover what really matters: if they’re winners or losers in the game of love.
This is a typical friends-to-lovers story, but it worked quite well for me. Piper has been holed up since he found out his career is pretty much over and has told no one. However his best friend Sage is ready to drag him kicking and screaming back into the light of day and plans a game of Truth or Dare along with some alcohol. Piper is not happy with the state of affairs but agrees, even though he finds it difficult to spend time with Sage without focusing on his crush.
After some back and forth, Piper finally breaks and tells the truth about his leg leading to some friction as Sage had also lost his swimming career due to a freak accident, but they finally get it all out on the table. As I said, pretty typical of a friends-to-lovers story, but I appreciated Piper’s withdrawal and depression about his leg. Ballet was his life and it was over. I also liked how Sage was able to stop him in his tracks and make him remember that he’s not the only one in the world who’s had bad things happen to them.
I enjoyed the writing and there was fun light feel to the game with the smoldering tension underneath it all, combined nicely with the angst about a career lost. When you are in the mood for a feel-good story with some hot sex, it’s a good choice and was a refreshing read.