Title : Twelve Tasks
Author : Therese Woodson
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, Humour
Length : 210 pages (e-book)
Published : November 6, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
Routine makes Eliot Taylor happy. He thinks. He goes to work, goes to school, and lives with his two best friends. Except lately, something’s missing. While he’s hungover from New Year’s Eve, Eliot’s friend Jen coerces him into a New Year’s resolution. They agree to try one new activity per month for an entire year.
Each new experience checked off his list, like singing karaoke and bungee jumping, destroys more of Eliot’s comfortable routine. He meets new people. He falls in love. And despite how much it scares him, he learns to love life a little out of order.
This was an original story. The premise is a pair of friends stuck in a rut trying out new things once a month and finding love along the way. It sounded really good to me. AND it was! I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. There was plenty of humor and witty dialogue. I enjoyed getting to know the characters throughout the story.
Eliot and his best friend Jen decide that this year they will try something new every month. Eliot likes his life as it is but he can’t so no to Jen. The first month’s task is to join a gym. There they meet a trio of friends. One Jen is immediately smitten with named Carlos. The second is a nice and likable guy named Joel. The third is a gorgeous jerk with a knack for saying the wrong thing named Matt. Keeping his promise to Jen means sticking it out of the gym and tolerating Matt. Despite his best efforts to avoid him, Matt keeps showing up in the same places as Eliot.
The story alternates between Eliot and Matt’s POV, so we are privy to both of their thoughts. Matt starts off watching Eliot because he’s a spectacular spaz and has a tendency to have accidents. Sometimes hurting himself. Then it morphs into something else. Something Matt’s not familiar with. He doesn’t make friends easily and he doesn’t do relationships but he knows he wants to spend more time with Eliot. Problem is, Matt manages to say something to offend Eliot at almost every meeting. So, he has to go out of his way to spend time with Eliot.
The wooing of Eliot by Matt was drawn out throughout the book. Eliot has some issues with his mother dying and the woman he thought he loved leaving him at his lowest. Yes, Eliot is bi. Eliot wasn’t looking for a relationship period, much less with anyone as infuriating as Matt. Matt has a different sense of humor and puts up a front that we get to see break down as the book progresses. I really liked Matt.
I think the pace of the book was slow at times but for the most part flowed well and was an enjoyable read. The entire cast of secondary characters was fun and added to the story. I liked the bonus of Jen and Carlos falling for each other. Pete, the roommate, had some really funny lines! Good story and I’ll be on the look out for more from this author.
Rated 4 stars by Whit