Thank you to Net Galley and Ninestar Press for providing me with an e-ARC copy! All opinions in this review are my own and are honest.
This is the second book in a series with the first book being ‘7 minutes’ – I didn’t realise this when I requested it however this could definitely be read as a standalone. 7 minutes follows the story of Devon and Stones relationship which is mentioned in this book and I presume also mentions Devon’s and Oisin’s friends with benefits time that they had but I didn’t feel like it left me at a disadvantage coming in to read Waking Oisin.
This follows Oisin who is bisexual and currently at Law school but has zero motivation to do the work as he really wants to go to veterinary school. Oisin also cross dresses with his friend Devon and this is how he ends up meeting Trent and having a one-night stand. Trent is gay and works at Oisin’s fathers law firm which presents problems with Oisin and Trent’s ‘relationship’.
There were a lot of great points in this; we get to see a lot in regards to sexuality. Devon decides in this book that he’s going to identify as gender fluid and we learn that Oisin’s previous relationship broke down because his girlfriend didn’t know how to handle his bisexuality and thought that he would run off with a man at any moment due to his sexuality. This book also dealt with Oisin pursuing a career that he didn’t necessarily like because that’s what his father wanted which I think a few people may be able to relate with. Not necessarily pursuing a career because of fathers but family pressures or pressures to do a certain career that will bring in money and I did enjoy that this was made a large subject in this book. This also featured cross-dressing with a really positive spin which again was nice to see included in a book and was actually something I haven’t seen in any books that I’ve seen.
However, there were a few things that I disliked about this. There was a lot of inconsistency with things that happened and went on. Firstly, Oisin’s father seems to care about his happiness and well-being one minute and then couldn’t give a crap the next and cuts him off. It was confusing and didn’t really make much sense as to why his father would flip so suddenly. Oisin himself was also very inconsistent throughout the book; he seemed to act very mature and then would turn into a spoiled, whiny brat who threw a tantrum when he didn’t get his own way or freaked out and then he goes back to being incredibly mature.
I did enjoy the book overall however I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking at reading an LGBTQIA romance book and are looking at an easy, quick read. I manged to fly through this and enjoyed it. This does contain some steamy m/m sex scenes so keep that in mind if you’re looking for just a romantic book with no steaminess.