All Screwed Up Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : November 6, 2020
- File size : 2503 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 255 pages
- ASIN : B08LGBKKV1
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,968 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Griffin and David are both stubborn, persistent and short-tempered which makes for a very volatile start to their relationship. There’s a mutual attraction though, despite how frustrating they find it is to communicate and work with each other. (There’s also a mutual love of some very adorable kittens, which may be the highlight of the book.) As they get to know each other and spend more and more time together, though, they start to develop a partnership that then morphs into love.
This book had a lot of potential and given the description and the authors, perhaps my expectations were (unfairly) set too high. But this story just didn’t work for me. There were a number of issues I couldn’t get past and it dampened my enjoyment of the book. There was a disjointedness to the story that possibly was a result of the way the authors chose to divvy up the writing. The writing wasn’t smooth and the transitions from one character to the other didn’t always line up in a sensible way. The angel/devil plot device was annoying rather than endearing, particularly because it wasn’t utilized in the way I expected it to be. Typically, the angel/devil dichotomy is used to show internal conflict, with the character stuck in the middle between the angel on one side acting as his conscience, and the devil on the other side offering temptation. In this story, the angel and devil didn’t consistently follow that mold or represent resolution of a conflict; rather, it was like two extra, unnecessary voices cluttering up our MC’s thoughts and detracting from our emotional engagement with them. I don’t think the angel/devil device was needed either, so to my mind, it did more harm than good. There were also squandered opportunities, which was disappointing. For example, I think more could have been made out of the remodeling competition. I almost felt like the authors may have initially intended to do so, but then it got left by the wayside in a rush to complete the story.
All of the things I just mentioned are admittedly minor and while they bothered me, they may not bother you. For me, it was the cumulative effect of them coupled with what I saw as a significant issue: the untenable premise that Griffin, a bright, resourceful, successful guy, would buy a house sight unseen. Griffin was starting a new job as an Assistant Manager of a Pet Store. There was no urgency or extenuating circumstances that explains why Griffin rushed into buying a house without seeing it first. He didn’t even ask for current pictures, just assuming what he saw online was accurate (it wasn’t). I can suspend disbelief to some degree, but this was so implausible, it undermined my view of Griffin and my sympathy for his plight. It also frustrated me because this could have easily been solved simply by creating a different set of more believable facts. For example, maybe Griffin lived too far away or was traveling, so he relied on a friend/real estate agent, someone he thought he could trust, to find suitable housing for him, and was screwed over by that person. That scenario would fit the title and, at least for me, be more believable. So while overall, Griffin and David are likeable, they are cute together, and the transformation from enemies to lovers is fun to see, I just couldn’t connect with either of them, and while I was glad for the HEA, I just didn’t feel invested in them or this story.
This romance is a classic "grumpy falls for sunshine" trope, with plenty of heartfelt moments and laughs. Griffin's impulsiveness got him into trouble so many times, but he never let those mishaps get him down. I loved how Griffin never took himself too seriously, and though he poured determination into everything he did, he was also willing to step back and let someone else take the reigns. David, on the other hand, took himself almost too seriously at work, always convinced he was right and that he needed to impart that rightness on his clients. It made my heart so happy to see David actively trying to better himself throughout this story, and his hard work really paid off. The David that apologized and won Griffin's heart was so different from the man I met at the beginning of this book, and it only made me love him more to see that he recognized his own flaws and genuinely wanted to be different. The rest of Griffin and David's romance was delightfully upbeat, following the ups and downs of Griffin's house renovation and their slow build to something more than a client/contractor relationship. Of course, I can't forget to mention those precious kittens that wormed their way into David and Griffin's hearts, or the refreshing reality check that David's father provided for both men. I wasn't overly surprised by the sweet ending to this story, but honestly I didn't want to be. I just wanted to watch Griffin, David, Charlotte, and Miranda ride off into the sunset together, and that's exactly what I got.
**I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.