Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood

Title: Thirty Things
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Cate Ashwood
POV: 1st
Pages: 210
Kisses: 4


All their lives, Finn and Nate have been inseparable, sharing everything, and when a childhood accident left Finn broken, Nate stood by his side as all his other friends left. After all their years together, there’s one secret Finn still hasn’t revealed: he has been in love with Nate since they were eight years old. Hiding his feelings for twenty-one years—terrified of what might happen if Nate ever found out—has been difficult, but losing his best friend would be worse than living with a bad case of unrequited love. Unfortunately for Finn, Nate doesn’t make it easy.

Nate believes there are some things that just have to be done before your thirtieth birthday. As a gift to Finn, he plans an adventure to check off a list of thirty things to experience before hitting that milestone. Starting in Crawfordsville, Indiana, they tour the country, trying new things and meeting interesting new people. Nate’s having the time of his life, but he can tell Finn is holding something back. As the days count down, navigating the back roads suddenly seems easier than figuring out where their relationship is heading.

One thing’s for certain. There will be no turning back.


Thirty Things is a friends to lovers story that will pull readers in from the first page. Friends for ever, neither Finn nor Nate can imagine a live without the other person in it. During the course of their friendship, the two men had complied a list of places and things they hoped to one day do. With Finn’s birthday just around the corner, Nate plans the perfect gift hoping for a spectacular finish.

This was a great read from the first page to the last. I loved the main characters, Nate and Finn, and loved watching their relationship progress from friends to lovers. While the ending is slightly predictable, the journey the men took was outstanding. Some of their outings will have you laughing and or shocked, and I for one can’t decide which adventure I liked more, the bungee jump or the rafting trip. Their relationship does have a few rocky moments due to misunderstandings but the author does a great job wrapping everything up. I especially loved the way she ended the story.

While this is my first book by this author, I will be looking for more by her and have no trouble recommending Thirty Things to others who enjoy the friends to lovers sub-genre.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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