Book Reviews

Forbidden Friend (His Best Friend's Brother 2) by R. Cayden

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 04-September-2020

Book Blurb

At work, at home—my best friend’s twin brother is everywhere I look, tempting me.


Keep your filthy hands off my brother.

It’s Kai’s one rule before his brother moves into our condo. I tell him no problem; I can handle that.

He and River look identical, after all, and it’s not like I’m crushing on Kai.

Or anyone, for that matter. I’m a one-night-only type of guy.

And River is apparently the opposite: a hopeless romantic, totally incapable of staying single.

We’d be a disaster. So after he moves in, why is it that I suddenly can’t stop thinking about how good it feels to make him smile?

Why am I torturing myself, fantasizing about his touch?

My best friend’s brother is forbidden, but Kai is right.

I’m desperate to rub my filthy hands all over him.


Forbidden Friend is a sweet and steamy M/M romance with low angst. It features secret office hookups and two guys who keep stumbling into romantic temptation on the way to a very happy HEA. It can be enjoyed alone but is best appreciated as part of the His Best Friend’s Brother series.

Book Review

Yes! “Keep your filthy hands off my brother.” Echos ofDanger, Will Robinson!” Leo has been fully warned by Kai, River’s identical twin brother. Now you know this novel will be about giving in to that temptation of forbidden fruit. And, yes again, the pun is fully intentional. 


 Leo is a one-night-only type of guy. Driven by ambition, that strict rule keeps him concentrated on success in business. River, on the other hand, is addicted to limerence (which has been defined as ‘a state of mind resulting from romantic attractions, characterized by feelings of euphoria, and the desire to have one's feelings reciprocated. It was coined by Dorothy Tennov [1928–2007], American psychologist.  Hey, remember the old pop song: Falling in Love with Love?)


Despite Kai’s voice echoing in Leo’s head, he inadvertently spots River (an identical copy of his beautiful friend, Kai, but with long, dark hair) ejaculating in the climax of a secretly observed act of self-entertainment. And now Leo is obsessed, with River always in Leo’s mind whenever Leo replicates that very act. Should Leo scratch his basic philosophy: “This is why I never see a guy more than one hookup. Nothing ruins a clear head like hormones and lust.”?


River is smitten. On the plus side, Leo considers how his own experience would make him a great teacher for River. Sure! Welcome to the meeting of the mismatched: moth and flame! Yin and Yang! milk and cookies! cock and balls (oh, rather cock and bull?).


Want to know how stupid the month can be? Leo and River agree to only a one-off. And author Cayden then provides one of the hottest, most detailed and effective coital couplings you are likely to read. Wow! 


As I’ve oft posited, many fine gay relationships begin with sex, then followed by the exploration of whether the bed partner is someone to get to know. In ‘Forbidden Friend’, the lovely sex continues; the plot becomes laced with problems, and the heroes mature into partners worthy of their intrinsic heat. They actually discover intimacy, independent of their sexual acts. 


As an aside: I had forgotten I had read the first book in the series. Then I read the third volume – before reading and preparing this review. The books are all wonderful, and stand-alone in the best sense. Try them all!      





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 193 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-July-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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