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The Theory of Deviance Paperback – August 2, 2016
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Actual rating - 4.5
I REALLY enjoyed this book, I can't say it's my favorite of the series - though I like the themes in this one perhaps a little more - because the other two books had more romance in them, but I still found this thoroughly enjoyable... and once again, I love that the story, like the first two, is built around a central scientific theme, a sociological theme to be exact... the Theory of Deviance, the act of nonconformity... being an individual, being true to one's self and the rejection of the uniform, traditional ideals of society. I think it's really cool and interesting how Allen weaves these scientific themes and methodologies into this series. It's really very fascinating and I come away from it with a bit more knowledge and an interest in learning more about them and how they relate so much to their story and it's characters, which is awesome!
While I did find it somewhat lacking in the romance department, the slow build, there were many, MANY aspects that I really enjoyed.
For one, I like that this was bisexual menage rather than a love triangle where I always feel like someone gets left out... I love this kind of menage because the love goes in all directions. I loved the diversity in the LGBT characters... Mikey and Rafe were at different points in their journey of self-acceptance, and though they had similar roots (the struggle and questioning of religion, the nonsupportive family), one far more extreme than the other, I like that they took different branching paths. I really like that as a bisexual woman, it made ME question and explore things I have gone through. I would like to see Allen write more LGBT and/or menage romance to see where she can take it, what new realities she can explore.
I loved the religious themes and struggles. While Rafe could not hold onto his faith AND find self-acceptance and love - as I couldn't - and that he had to let go of what was basically poison to him personally, Mikey fought to hold on to his faith, fought to find a way to balance them. And I like that it SEEMS that both characters are accepting of the other's choices... Mikey doesn't try to force Rafe into rediscovering his faith, and Rafe doesn't badger Mikey about his beyond that initial shock and struggle.
I liked that this book delved into mental health and what it's like living with Bipolar disorder, the way it takes over the mind and sometimes no amount of wishful thinking can stop an episode... it takes lots of support and strength to get a handle on. While I have mental health issues, I don't personally struggle with a bipolar disorder... but I have family members who do and I found Krissy's struggle to be quite similar to the experiences my family has talked about, the struggle you face when your own mind is your worst enemy. Honestly, it's quite similar to my own struggle with depression and anxiety. So I quite liked that Allen wasn't afraid to delve into this subject... and she did it without sort of romanticizing mental illness, which I think some people have a tendency to do.
Finally, I like that there was a light amount of angst. Though I do find myself in the mood for angst at times, that's not what I wanted out of this book, so I'm glad that it was kept at a minimum... especially when each character was dealing with their own internal angst and struggles... the last thing it needed was a whole lot of relationship angst tacked on.
So, yeah, while I do wish there had been a bit more slow-burn romance, that Allen would have really delved into these characters getting to know one another, there were so many redeeming themes that I just loved! Honestly, this book could have been twice it's size and I would have still loved reading it! :)
The threesome aspect offers a few different homophobic reactions of the religious nature. While the issues may be maddening, the story emphasizes the strength of the characters and their triumphs. In the end, I came to respect the characters more than feel sorry for them.
I might have been able to rate the book higher, if the main character’s name wasn’t Mikey. Honestly, that name doesn’t ever belong in a romance novel. Names are critical to a story. The only image in my head that the name Mikey conjures is that of a young adolescent boy.
This is the third book in the series. I hadn’t read the first two books, but had no problem jumping into this story. After reading this one, I would like to go back and read the first two in the series.
All righty. Basically, Mikey is this super shy guy who still has virginity and he's hoping to lose it while Krissy is there. Krissy has her own set problems other than her roommate. They each have to overcome a few challenges. For instance, Mikey has a hard time dealing with fact he's bi, and living in his community poses some challenges. He needs to overcome his fears. Anyway, Mikey, Krissy, and Rafe learn a little about one another through this story. Basically they have a week together to have a little fun.
The Theory of Deviance is not for everyone. However, it was a pretty good read. You have this set coming to terms on their sexuality, and finding that they are great together. You see more of Krissy and Mikey's inner thoughts in this story than Rafe. The focus is more on Krissy and Mikey, and Rafe is along for the ride. Eventually he finds himself in the thick of things. If this sounds like your kind read check out The Theory of Deviance. Bonus, if you haven't read the previous book, you won't be lost if you start here first. This can be read as a stand alone.
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