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- ASIN : B07HLN2RDX
- Publication date : September 22, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1110 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 187 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,632 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I should have listened to myself.
There was a huge jump in time, indicated merely by a chapter change. It didn't work. Then, the major plot twist? It kept going back and forth so many times, it was like a tennis match. Is he? No. Well, maybe he is. No, he's not. But maybe---The difference between the chapters was so drastic, I kept thinking this author was two different people. The amount of manipulation by the characters was ridiculous. I won't be reading this again.
OH. MY. WORD!!! This was a great book! I’m still thinking about the ending…yes, that good! Ms. Jane has written a very compelling story with lots of delicious naughty first-time scenes, wink. All characters are legal and hot for each other. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book and it comes highly recommended IF you like explicit M/M romance.
I have loved most of the author's previous books, but I think this story might have been better spread out over two or three books instead of all crammed into one -- or with much of the drama pruned away, so that the story could develop naturally out of the characters instead of ripping them up and sweeping them away like a tsunami, or like a dog ripping a rag doll to shreds.
Too much happens too fast, the emotional swings are too violent and too frequent, leaving both the characters and the reader (this one, anyway) disoriented and shattered by the time the promised happy ending comes. It's not just that the book contains "triggering and taboo elements" (the big "taboo" is, in my opinion, silly) -- it's that the balance between plot and characters is too heavily weighted in favor of plot, and both the characters and the reader suffer unnecessarily.
I had to read all the way through the book twice before I could even begin to verbalize its effect on me. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's not what one expects in this genre. This book would have been a lot more powerful if its plot had been LESS powerful, if the plot had been restrained, its energy focused instead of manic, like an energetic dog after obedience training -- if the characters had moved the plot forward instead of the plot dragging and slinging the characters all over the place emotionally.
There is just more story to tell here than the four likable and sympathetic main characters can bear in one telling. Especially since three of them (Alec's mother is the exception) are unusually damaged souls, just barely able to get through one day at a time (stumble forward, as the title puts it well) even without a lot of added drama and angst.
As the blurb says:
It's a classic tale.
Boy meets girl.
Boy meets girl's brother.
All hell breaks loose.
"All hell breaks loose" is the problem, and it's a problem only because the plot makes it a problem.
It dishes out the hell one lurching trauma after another, with a brief period of calm between each trauma and the next. First Alicia freaks out. Then Jack freaks out. Then Alec freaks out. (I may be getting them out of order, but it doesn't matter.) Then Jack freaks out again. Then Alec freaks out again. Then Alicia REALLY freaks out. Then the Big Plot Twist comes, and they and Alec's mother all freak out together. Then the promised happy ending comes. There's just too much freaking out.
These damaged, fragile characters are marvelous, and the basic story is deeply moving, but also fragile, so the wild, unrestrained, careening plot -- lurching first in one direction then another then another -- shreds and drowns them all. This would be an excellent book if the author (or an editor) could apply the "murder your darlings" principle and prune about 90% of the freaking out.
Recommended book and author
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers copy of this book.
Difficult and real life themes...
Two very tortured, human men...
So much love and yet so many lines broken, before, during, and probably in their future...
Or perhaps...those lines may yet intersect? And continue forward...
Read this. Be prepared to come away changed.
Top reviews from other countries
There was a lot going on, some of it not so good for the fragile characters and there was a fair bit of emotional angst, upset and drama. And some hot, sexy times.
I liked the MC's and their friends, in particular Ethan. Some of their family, not so much.
I think the only criticism I have is that I would have liked it to have been longer.