Title: Better with Bacon
Author: Matthew Lang
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Pages: TBD (Novella)
When Patrick’s long-term girlfriend Li Ling dumps him just as he’s working up the nerve to propose, he ends up drunk on David’s couch—and later in David’s bed. Although initially reluctant to pursue anything beyond a one-time drunken tryst, David throws caution to the wind during an intimate dinner, where the two men also discuss Patrick’s dream of entering the food industry. Just as the friends-turned-lovers are settling into their new romance, Li Ling calls Patrick—she’s pregnant.
Convinced the announcement spells the end of their love affair and a return to their platonic friendship, David flees to Sydney to escape his heartbreak. But upon his return to Melbourne, David discovers the situation hasn’t gone the way he’d expected. There might still be a chance for David and Patrick’s dreams to come true if they can forgive each other’s mistakes and move forward.
Better With Bacon is a short friends to lovers novella. David and Patrick have been best friends most of their life and when Patrick begins dating Li Ling in high school, she becomes part of that friendship. Now as adults, Patrick and Li Ling have broken up. Patrick never told David that he was bisexual until David is comforting him and Patrick can't hide his interest anymore. The next day Li Ling calls to tell Patrick she's pregnant and David walks away with no communication with Patrick and takes a business trip. On this business trip, he consoles himself by sleeping with a man he picked up at the hotel. Once he returns to his life, he finds out that Patrick and Li Ling weren't getting back together, and from there the story continues.
This story is only 95 pages but it's full of lack of communication, miscommunication, and on page cheating. Patrick goes from planning to propose to his girlfriend to expressing his interest in his best friend within days of each other. David goes from comforting his friend, to going to bed with his friend, to bailing on said friend, and then cheating on him. This may be a short story but there was a lot happening within these pages! I think novellas can be difficult because you only have a limited number of pages to get a whole story included so it can seem like some things are missed. There was so much history and friendship between Patrick and David, which we get a snapshot from the story, but I really didn't understand or know either MC better by the end of the story. I really did feel the addition of George, the guy David cheated with was unnecessary from my point of view but I don't like stories that involve cheating, so it's just my opinion! This is a short book so you should definitely check it out and form your own opinion!
Rating: 3.5 stars