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- Publisher: Mel Thorn; 1 edition (March 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 2, 2015
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- Language: English
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So there's a few things I liked about this story, such as it truly being an m/m, and it being incest as it was described. I have read another m/m that later changed it's mind and decided a DNA test was false. But that's something else. The main characters are Andrew (teen) and Kevin (father), who meet for the first time after a fight with Andrew's mom lands him on Kevin's doorstep. From a reader's stand point, I would have liked to see or learn whatever happened with the relationship with Andrew's mother. I know the author claimed that she cut him out of her life but there was no true backstory to it in details that would show her 17 years of raising him just made her call it quits one day. As much of a flake or demanding mother she may have been, I just don't see how she'd never enter either of their lives again.
I want to question the author's origin as well. The book is suppose to take place in New York, and I'm not claiming the author needs to be from there, but using metric system forms of measurement really stood out because I can honestly say I had no clue how dramatically far the author was trying to make something when they switched to that, because, New York....Another few things I felt could really improve upon the book was I felt the author rushed the last 20% of it. There were so many details, thoughts, little actions and just story in the first 80% that took many pages to describe, but the author I felt rushed through the problem, solution, and ending at the end. Along with that rushed, glaze over detail feeling, there also seemed to be less editing and more grammar errors compared to the rest of the book. One of the most confusing things the author would do was jump between what each character thought in the same paragraph, and jumping characters isn't the issue but doing so without a paragraph separation had me pause many times.
Andrew, I liked the development and behavior he displayed as it felt compelling. Kids act impulsive, needy, and dramatic which is acting on many times. What confused me however is the book went from them meeting, claimed several weeks went by, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, so when we arrive in January I'm mathematically thinking they have been learning about each other since at least October....but author claims only 2 months, several times. I also feel the whole Thanksgiving scene was a waste as the author never dived deeper into the grandmother's relationship with her son or grandson, and I would have rather seen a more developed "problem-that-a-rises" if nothing about this chapter added to the story, which I felt it didn't.
Kevin is suppose to be 35, which to me means he knocked up his girlfriend at the age of 16, author keeps forgetting women are pregnant for 9 months as many references are made that Kevin helped make Andrew 17 years ago...which leads me to my next question. When did Andrew turn 18? One minute at a concert he can't get in because he wont turn 18 for a couple months, and like a few chapters later with no skipped time frame described he is 18. I would find it hard to believe Kevin wouldn't have done something to celebrate that, so....I'm still not sure if he was 17 or 18 at the end.....And if Kevin is 35, which was consistent throughout the book, and as good look and good of shape as constantly said to be, why then was he always referred to as looking old? Maybe that's my age creeping up, perhaps to Andrew he can be both....
Ben, oh how that character ticks me off. I don't understand where the author was going with this character. Sweet and caring in the beginning, easily angered when denied what he wants to the point of ending a friendship, then apologizes and is just as quickly forgiven after the cold shoulder directed at Andrew. I can maybe understand that drama, and Andrew being way too nice in forgiving that in a budding relationship (friends for like max 2 months here). But what I fail to understand is their next fight, the Christmas presents. I can't grasp how a band that gives signed VIP tickets to Kevin directly wouldn't have made sure that Kevin and Andrew could get in the concert. I don't understand how Ben completely jumped into being an enemy because Andrew wasn't available to go to a surprise 18+ concert to begin with. Who springs tickets on something like that in high school without making sure they are even allowed to attend? And then gets made when the last minute plans don't pan out because the other person already is going? Dude...plan better, but no....he just turns completely, 100% into a complete.......yeah......which I just don't get. AND THEN....after a brawl they become friends again? Okay, clearly I don't understand guys I guess because that quick make up and forgiveness scene of Ben putting together all the pieces of his behavior in the matter of minutes with an adrenaline rush totally made me want to join in on the punch swings.
All-in-all, it was a good story, very well developed with great characters. I feel a little brushing up on Kevin into actually acting like the adult the author claims he is would make him a stronger, rounder, character but otherwise he was good. Andrew seems pretty spot on and fully developed, but I feel Kyle and Ben had some work as supporting characters, as there's many holes in their personalities (Ben maybe is bipolar?). Lastly, I feel some areas could have been removed to make space for a better detailed climax of the book. So basically, an editor and this would be golden.
Although the blurb makes it clear what the nature of this book is going to be, I was still surprised that at much of what happened, and the suspense of people "finding out" left me damn near sick. In that same thought, my only objection to the story would be the lack of seriousness which Andrew and Kevin seemed to give to the taboo nature of their relationship, including their casual stance of showing affection in public. The story seems to treat this taboo as one would being gay in a small town or something. I'm afraid that is far too light. This is the LAST taboo, this is the taboo that results in prison sentences, foster homes, homes, and cars being torched in your drive way. In that sense, the atmosphere surrounding it didn't feel as realistic as it should have. Still, I highly recommend it.
As for style, I will note just one thing that the reader may find troubling. This story is written in the omniscient third person perspective, but the author doesn't not separate POVs by chapter or seen. Meaning, you will be dealing with constant head hopping. I mean, you will get POV and inner dialogue from multiple characters in almost every seen. It can get very confusing, almost to the point where you're not sure who is thinking what. Still, I say power through it.
Finally, to the author. Please, PLEASE continue this series. Even if you do get the ban hammer from Amazon, I will buy the rest of this series no matter where you sell it. =)
Boldly and daringly written, and at a wonderfully steady pace so that the growing relationship is as real as it gets (not jumped into....it definitely takes time and lots of communication/understanding), fraught with the humor and drama of everyday life, and ending positively, with hope for more to come. This is a book about LOVE, not sex (yes, there's sex in it, but it's displayed in the manner true lovemaking ought to be, with...well... LOVE!).
I've come to love Kevin and Andrew so much through this book, and found it un-put-down-able, even for its length. It is romance, family, passion, and love, all come together perfectly. Most importantly, it's a story that needs to be told (and read), so the world can truly understand what it means to be in love with one so close to your true self.
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