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A rating of 2.5 but scored down because frankly, I liked it but it was just ok. I had a number of issues that I'll list.
1. Though it's tagged as a romance and I gave it that tag, it's not really a romance. It's more of a coming of age with romantic elements. Very little actual romance. There are interactions between a couple, some sexual in nature, but I wasn't feeling romance.
2. The narrative is somewhat disjointed. Though slow at times, the story is ok until you get to about 67% and then it takes a very odd turn into this suspense/action tale with guns and paramilitary guys doing an "extraction," with lines like "if he moves, blast him!" Huh?!
3. Way too much going on. I think the book would benefit from a line editor - someone who could edit the creative content to narrow the action a bit. I would have liked more of a focus on Bryce and Kyle. Seemed like every other minute, Kyle disappeared into thin air.
4. Why was Bryce so focused on whether he was a billionaire. A couple of times he's referred to as a demi-billionaire and other times, the author refers to his 500 million dollars a number of times.
5. Why is when authors introduce people of color, there's a need to stereotype. At one point, Kyle is upset and he's not completely paying attention to where he is. He is "surrounded by black kids" and Kyle immediately thinks he's about to be mugged. Yes, because all black people are criminals. The author somewhat redeems herself later because one of the paramilitary men is African American and a good guy but that kind of stuff rankles. STOP stereotyping.
6. Who is Catherine, this woman Bryce works with. She's sort of dropped in and then because of some deal Bryce won't consider, she disappears.
7. There are scattered references to Bryce's business and his walking on an "oilpatch." What's an oilpatch?
8. Elements of the story stretched credulity. Is Nigel some sort of Houdini. He follows Kyle all over the world. He is a math teacher with an expertise in technology?? Knows his way around NY enough to do what he did. And Kyle sort sort of swans his way around Vegas and NY and made his way to the US without incident. Just a little farfetched.
Now frankly, I did like Kyle and Bryce and wanted more on page interactions and a focus on their relationship. Was the bit with Stony supposed to be a triangle? It really wasn't but still confused me. I suspect there is more of a focus on the relationship in book 2 but not sure I can handle more. The author has a lovely voice. Just needs some serious help with editing to laser focus on her MCs, particularly if you are going to label the book a romance.
The time frames and characters seem to jump from one scene to the next. It's a little disorienting and made me wonder just where the story was headed. But there's some depth to the characters within each scenario. There's no simple, easy romance going on here. It was really hard to see why Bryce jumped to help Kyle, twice, based only their relatively brief interactions. It's also hard to get a complete read on Kyle's character but you can tell he's not just a hardened street-wise kid.
There's a quite suspenseful aspect to the latter half of the book. It felt very far-fetched in many ways. Book two is coming, as there were lots of threads left hanging. What will happen with Bryce and Kyle, or Kyle and Stoney, the rock star? What has happened to Kyle's friend Michel? It wasn't a cliff-hanger, but certainly needs completion.
I re-read my review after posting and realized it sounded more negative that I meant it to be. (There's a reason I'm a reader, not an author.) The writing style was different for me but it's not a bad thing, just different. It was a different FEEL than I'm used to. Bryce's attraction to Kyle was hard to see but Bryce himself didn't quite know why. I did like it and will read more!
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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