The Friend Scheme is the second novel by author Cale Dietrich. His first novel the Love Interest which was published in 2018 and was named a rainbow list selection book in the same year. He is also the co-author of one of our favourite and current obsessions If this Gets Out, which will be released in December this year.
High schooler Matt’s father is rich, powerful, and seemingly untouchable–a mobster with high hopes that his son will follow in his footsteps. Matt’s older brother Lukas seems poised to do just that, with a bevy of hot girls in tow. But Matt has other ambitions–and attractions.
And attraction sometimes doesn’t allow for good judgement. Matt wouldn’t have guessed that Jason, the son of the city’s police commissioner, is also carrying a secret. The boys’ connection turns romantic, a first for both. Now Matt must decide if he can ever do the impossible and come clean about who he really is, and who he is meant to love.
We loved The Friend Scheme. Cale has this talent of creating characters that you buy into and want to know more about from the very first page.
The mob is something that is used a lot in books. But this has a fresh new take on it. It’s nice to see how the romance develops between Matt and Jason, who are a pretty unlikely pairing. It has a Romeo and Juliet-esque element to it which makes it an even more enjoyable read. It’s on you won’t regret adding to your to-read list as it has it all, romance, gangsters and a plot that keeps you wondering what will happen next.
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