Book Review: Waiting for Ty by Samantha Ann King

Waiting for Ty by Samantha Ann KingTitle: Waiting for Ty
Series: Lovers and Friends, Book 2
Author: Samantha Ann King
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: July 29, 2013 by Carina Press

Tyler Coil doesn't do men. But it’s harder to remember that each time he visits his best friend, gorgeous Landon Burke. As a political reporter, Ty is good at reading people, and he can tell the lust is mutual. But giving in to it could mean alienating his ultra-conservative family.

Landon never desired a man badly enough to explore that side of his sexuality—until he met Ty. He’s waited four long years for a sign that Ty wants him too, and he can’t deny his needs much longer. So when a career opportunity arises out-of-state, Landon wonders if maybe it’s time to move on.

Then Ty crashes at Landon’s while working on a story—and a searing kiss ignites a night of mind-blowing sex that’s better than their most erotic fantasies. Forced to face his feelings, Ty must decide if love is worth the risk after all—before he loses Landon forever.

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Lovely friends-to-lovers MM romance that I greatly enjoyed.

The Set Up: Ty is working on a story for the newspaper and crashes at his best friend’s apartment. Ty is from an ultra-conservative family and knows he can’t explore the attraction between him and Landon, his best friend. But one night Landon gets tired of waiting for Ty and kisses him which leads to a weekend of sex neither expected. But now Ty must decide if his family and career are worth losing Landon forever.

Why I Read this Book: The friends-to-lovers trope is one of my favorites in MM romance so when I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this. Also: HELLO, COVER PORN!

What I Liked: This is an example of the trope down well. Ty and Landon have a deep friendship that they both value and don’t want to lose but they don’t know if they can hold onto it if they don’t at least explore being lovers. This provides lots of sexual intensity but the foundation is the men’s emotional reliance on each other. They both ruminate often that when they make life choices, such as where to live and careers, they already think of the other person so why not add sexual intimacy into their relationship? This romantic tension worked very well for me as a romance lover.

What I Also Liked: This is a character-based romance which is my favorite. Ty has to figure out what is important to him: Landon or the potential to lose his family’s support and possibly risk his job. Landon is already prepared for the change in their relationship but he wants Ty to figure it out for himself and I loved this. Sure, as a romance reader I didn’t want Ty to even have to think about it but then this would be a short story instead of a long novella so it worked out.

I also enjoyed how big of roles Landon’s lovely sisters play in his life and relationship with Ty. The author also shows Ty’s family and why this contributes to his struggle to be open about his relationship with Landon. The characters are well written and feel like real people, both with their kindness and pettiness.

What I Didn’t Like: As a reader I’m not a fan of a character’s epiphany when they suddenly decide something and I didn’t love it here. But to be fair, the author then spends the next hundred pages exploring how Ty accepts and builds a relationship with Landon so I got the development I love anyway.

IMO: This was a very enjoyable read for me that I will likely reread. I highly recommend it to MM fans who love the friends-to-lovers trope as I do.


J9’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


  1. This looks like a good story. Carina Press puts out some nice stuff :)

    1. Yep and this one was enjoyable. Hope you like it!

  2. So this is the second review I've read of this today, and both of you had the same critique of it.


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