- File Size: 4150 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Publication Date: July 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073Z5C3Y3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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There were a couple of bright spots in this book. The way Kat and Noah talked to each other was great. I loved it when she called him her 'platonic life partner.' Then later when Alex and Noah are in Atlanta, there are a couple of conversations that are so fabulous, they jump out at the reader. It was like finding a gold nugget in the mud and muck. More of those types of scenes and conversations would be great!
Now. For the things I wasn't so fond of. I didn't care for the back and forth narration. Alex had a segment of the story, then Noah. When we switched from one character to the other, there was so much 'backing up' and reliving the scene. Now, I don't mind when authors give a glimpse of what characters were thinking during a scene by sharing their thoughts or reflections as things move forward, but actually reliving the whole section....no. Boring. Plus I would forget that was what the author was doing and get confused. Nearly every single time. :(
The author uses the phrases 'the older man' and 'the younger man' over and over. Like it was seriously a problem. These two didn't seem to have THAT much of an age difference but this was emphasized by the way the author overused these phrases. At one point it happened 2 times in 2 pages.
I'll bet those phrases are in the book 100x.
There were excessive references to the music the characters were playing, listening to, dancing to, singing along with....I get it. You know music, you have hip tastes with music. But I am a reader. I don't care about all these obscure bands and their songs. I didn't look up a single one and found this part of the book to be a bit pretentious. (Contrast this with the Kay Simone book "You're The One That I Want." That book is about the music, so it even has a playlist. But they are also songs that are more mainstream and people can immediately identify with.)
I felt like the pacing was really rough in this story. Some things really dragged out, like getting a tattoo took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. But then within just a few pages, the two character fell in love. There were other examples of this. The storytelling just wasn't smooth.
There were some other problems, like Noah WHINING to his friend even though he is a grown man. Now, friends do that. But generally not in front of the hot new guy they are trying to impress. (loc. 188) It was never clear to me why a mature man who owns his own business would uproot himself to become someone's employee. He offered the reason,"I needed a change." The reader needs more than that. If there was more that was explained better later, I'm sorry I missed it because honestly I started to skim.
When Alex's best friend misgenders Noah, the behavior of Noah fits. He defends himself and he should. Alex completely falls down on the job here and he never recovers. When he gets back to Colorado, he doesn't get on his knees and beg forgiveness. Nope. Nothing. What a horrible person. He's mature. He's lived. He should have known how to behave. And then how does the whole thing get tied up with a nice, HEA bow? Alex finally goes to 'check on Noah' and basically Noah falls apart. And they all lived happily ever after. Except the reader. Because not only do I now hate Alex, but I also lost all my respect for Noah.
Minor typos which were distracting but not a huge deal, especially in light of how many other problems in the book bothered me. I almost DNF this one because there are so many other books waiting to TBR on my Kindle.
Then, "the younger man" was used 72 times, and "the older man" was used 22 times. You'd think they were decades apart in age, but they weren't. And instead of referring to friends by their names, he used "best friend" 74 times.
If just these redundancies were cleaned up, I probably would have raised my rating by 2 more stars. I give Mr. Grey a cheer for putting himself out there, though, and also for bringing out issues that trans people face. I hope he takes the feedback that others and I have given, and finds ways to improve the stories he has to tell us.
This is a bit of a muddled bag though, there were elements I enjoyed like Alex’s unwavering acceptance of Noah and his trans status, and there were bits I didn’t think worked at all including the odd time jump double telling of the same scene.
There’s also overuse of a couple of phrases which become more obvious because of the back and forth in the time line.
The sex is handled well and there isn’t as much fade to black or off page as I’ve sometimes read in an MM romance with a FtM transgender character. The sex here was both sweet and emotive.
There’s a relatively low level of angst, focussed around a tattoo convention and Alex’s best friend from his old life being a transphobic arse and the resolution happens a bit speedily but overall this is a fast read with a cute epilogue.
#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.