Book Title: System Overload
Authors: Saxon James
Release Date: November 15, 2023
Genres: M/M Later-in-Life Romance
Tropes: Age-gap, best friend’s dad, roommates to lovers, small-town
My Rating: 4.75/5 Stars
Banging my son’s bestie was a total accident that will never, ever happen again. I’m sure of it.
While he might be gorgeous and caught me in a weak moment, when it comes right down to it, my son has been my entire life for the last twenty-six years. I don’t know how to be anything other than his dad.
But with Molly heading off to Seattle, he leaves me with a parting gift: Will.
His best friend.
And my new roommate.
Still, I’m determined to focus on my plan of finding someone to settle down with and to start living for me.
Then Molly hits me with another gift: he’s asked Will to help find me the perfect partner.
Molly running away across the country and leaving me made one thing very obvious. I crave stability. I crave a life where I get to control what happens to me, without the constant threat of having to move home to my homophobic family.
All I need to focus on is work and making enough money for the downpayment on my own place.
Except now I’m living in the spare bedroom of the man I’ve been in love with for years.
The same bedroom where we had one very messy, very quick accidental frot sesh.
Now I’m cooking for him every night, and we’re working out together every morning. It’s all feeling very domestic and my heart can’t separate reality from the fantasies in my head.
I know I’m going to get hurt.
It’s only a matter of time.
System Overload is the newest addition to Saxon James’s Divorced Men’s Club series. This is honestly one of my favorite series of hers, and each time a new book is releasing, I can’t even contain my excitement until I have the book. In particular, I’ve been waiting for System Overload since the moment I finished the last book. The pining from Will was killing me, and I couldn’t wait to read Keller’s side of things. And while the book was of course different from what I was expecting, I wasn’t at all disappointed. This is a strong sequel for the Divorced Men’s Club series, and it might even my second favorite.
First off, I absolutely loved the chemistry between Will and Keller. While they definitely had a lot of sexual chemistry (like, a lot), I especially loved the domestic moments between the two that showcased their bond growing deeper. I mean, I’m just a sucker for couples cooking dinner together and working out. Sex? Who needs that. Give me more domesticity, haha. While Will had been in love with Keller for years now, Keller’s feelings were more new, or at least, unexplored, so it was great getting to see him coming to terms with those feelings–especially considering Will is his best friend’s son. I don’t know what it is about that trope, but I really like it, and it was done excellently here. The two kept Molly’s feelings in mind the whole time, but Molly wasn’t the driving force behind their relationship, which is when it can get a bit awkward.
I just can’t get over how much I loved Will and Keller’s dynamic. They both complimented each other so well. If there was something Keller was missing, Will was there to find it for him and vice versa. They filled the voids in each other’s lives, like they were made for each other.
Just like the rest of the books in this series, I absolutely adored the found family aspect we get with the Divorced Men’s Club and their partners. The banter is always top-notch and I can always count on Art to make me laugh. This group, even though they give each other grief and like to make jokes, would do anything for each other, and just want to see their friends happy. It warms my heart!
If you’ve liked the other books in this series, you’ll love System Overload, especially if you enjoy forced proximity and best friend’s parent (which I do!!!). I’m so happy I was able to read this one so soon, but I’m also sad because I already can’t wait for the next one!
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About the Author
Saxon James unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.
While not writing, SM is a readaholic and Netflix addict who regularly lives on a sustainable diet of chocolate and coffee.
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