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I was looking forward to this book and and I did enjoy it expect for a few things. The writer does a great job with the angst and I really wanted things to get better for Tom. I wanted to see Tom & Reese together and loved how their love life progressed. I loved watching Tom become more and more comfortable in his sexuality. College and coming out stories are some of my favorites. The author has a good grip on what college life is like. The writing kept me engaged for most of the book and I loved the variety of the sex.
But the reason I can't give this book more than 3 stays is the books needs better editing particularly at the end. I found the last few chapters from the climax till the epilogue confusing. Sometimes I don't like how a book ends, and in this case that isn't the problem it's how it's written. There is a change in style and it's confusing and distracting. I found myself very confused, was it only a few days or a few weeks? Did they break up? The style of the last few chapters the authors jumps forward in time and then explains briefly what happened over those weeks. In addition to the problems with the end there were also several times through the story where I couldn't figure out who was speaking in a section of dialog, there was one I had to re-read over 3 times and then guess. A simple.. Tom said, or Reese said after the first dialog would have helped.
The other reason I can't give this book a higher rating was because the author needs to do a bit more research. I'm still freaking about the scene where Resse puts Tom's 2nd degree burned hand in a bucket of ice water, as if this what the correct first aid. DO NOT PUT A BURN IN ICE WATER, a simple Google check of 1st aid for a 2nd degree burn will tell you this. This is one of the reason's I'm writing this review because I can't get this out of my head till I say this here. A bucket of cool water is a good idea. Ice water can damage the skin. BTW all college students in Mass are required to have health insurance. Of course this is a pivotal scene in the book so I can imagine Tom may just not have know this. But I would have liked to have heard how his arm healed. Huge scene in the book and then the arm is forgotten.
Despite this issues the author has a lot of promise. Make sure the next books is better edited. This book has what I find missing from many m/m books, writing that makes me CARE about the outcome for the main characters. I will consider her next book but probably wait to see how the reviews come out first.
Levittown endless. Not invested in the lead characters and the premise feels predictable. I will try to finish, but it feels like the story needed a good editor.
UPDATE ..... 44 % ..............that is how far I finally made It through this book. I'm done. The two lead characters' "all out" first time have you laughing. (and even then it wasn't "ALL" out ....). Your head will spin at how fast one of the characters 'falls hard' for the other one. There was no real lead up to it (except one act of kindness when the lead suffers an injury).
This book represents the worst of the 'woman writes gay literature' trend .............and I just CAN'T
Our boy Tom on the other hand had his whole world ripped out from under him because his dad turned out to be a crook & somehow being related to him meant that all the anger of those his dad ripped off was directed his way too...the people he thought were friends disappeared or used what he shared to sell to newspapers...his whole life was under a microscope & his method of surving was to do his best to disappear. He wanted so badly to not be his father, to not take advantage that he kind of painted himself into a corner...until he met Reese & discovered something he wanted almost more then just getting through & not being noticed. He was just so tightly wound up trying so hard to do the right thing you could just feel the strain as he tried to hold on & keep himself together.
I loved how they came together they fit well & they both tried to work around their limits but as the series title said they had to figure out how to bend or they would break.
I loved how Tom loved Reese.He had no hangups on letting Reese lead things & I think that was a big part of why Reese was able to also lead on getting his act together....it just took Tom a wee bit longer.
I also loved their BFFs! Cash was awesome in how he never gave up on Tom even taking that his buddy was not all that straight in stride. Steph was his perfect foil in helping both guys pull through ;)
Sooo long winded review shortened some...I liked it & it's so worth reading! Will be a re- read list for sure.
I loved Reese and Toms journey from roommates who tolerates each other to friends and then lovers.
It's really hard for Tom to trust people after being hounded by press for something his father has done and now finding out that he's attracted to a guy and it's even harder for Reese to be close to someone after being sexually assaulted. But when they can't deny the feelings between them, maybe it could be worth all the work.
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