- File Size: 3311 KB
- Print Length: 161 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: CeeTwo Publishing; 2 edition (March 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XJDSZYX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Mick is troubled by his bisexuality---to the point he doesn't even know there's a word for his feelings until Mercy explains. Scotty has a difficult history and wars within himself between knowing he's enough and not being quite sure. Mercy is my favorite of all, even though we never see in her point of view (I really wish we did). She's beautiful and wonderful and holds everything together even though she has problems of her own.
There's a grittiness to this which didn't follow exactly what I was expecting. These characters are emotionally raw, if not always with each other, and their lives are not pretty. Out of necessity, they're forming a family of their own, and it's painful and beautiful they way they connect. When Mick, Mercy, and Scotty finally work out how much they need each other, all the layers are peeled back to expose their feelings. This is my favorite line in the whole thing:
"It wasn't because we don't belong together, I get that now. It's because we were missing you." (Scotty to Mick, on sealing their relationship with Mercy)
The one thing which bothered me was how unsure I felt about Scotty and his attitude toward Mercy. He doesn't ever misgender her or overtly act as though he doesn't see her as a woman, but he does these weird, subtle things like talking about how grossed out he is by vaginas. It undermines some of his other actions and words. It's not frequent, and it's possibly the sort of thing no one else would be bothered by, but it did make me hesitate.
On the whole, I really liked this story. It's fast-paced, which means we have to read between the lines at times with regard to the relationship. There's also a bit of telling vs. showing, which in this case I think is partly because of the unusual nature of the romance. For example, when Mercy explains that Scotty is asexual, that reads as being as much for audience benefit as for Mick. Otherwise, it's really well-written with a lot of sensitivity toward the characters and situations.
This is a book definitely geared toward people who are sick of reading the same or very similar plots involving diverse gender and sexual expression. It's not for people who are just looking for transgender tropes or hot menage erotica. In my opinion, we could use a lot fewer of those and a lot more books like this one.
For characters to fall in love with, realistic emotions, and an out-of-the-box happily every after, this gets 9/10 fountain pens.
Well, this one was a departure from my long line of fantasy, sci-fi, shifters and what-not. And not in an entirely bad way.
When we meet Mick Randall, we know he is on the run, and know it isn’t from the law…but we don’t know much else. In fact if you didn’t read the blurb, like I didn’t before I read it, you won’t know until a good way through the book (more than half way) what he is actually running from. I prefer that myself, since it kept me guessing.
Mick is headed for Alaska, but money is tight so he randomly decides to take a temporary job at a junk yard somewhere in Oregon. Of course, there ends up being a hot blond welder and all around guy at the yard, who turns out to be the owner’s grandson, Scotty Bell.
Scotty has only ever had one love in his life. His best friend Mercy. What will happen when sparks fly between Scotty and Mick…but also between Mercy and Mick?
I liked the fact that this story incorporated a bisexual character, an asexual character and a transgender/gender fluid character as the main character polyamorous Triad. Honestly though, I was a little confused by some of the representations of the sexual identities of the characters. Mick is written as bisexual, but he read as more of a confused gay man fighting to not be gay. Scotty, who is supposed to be asexual has wild bouts of wanting lots and lots of sex…which seemed odd for an asexual, and Mercy’s character just needed more details and background to be believable as the trans/gender fluid character that she is supposed to be.
Overall, the book was good/average in my opinion. The storyline on this one was a little choppy. It seemed to jump around, and characters popped in at odd times. For example, the guy from Mick’s former life who just happens to stop at a random junk yard in Oregon and finds Mick? Really? Or the instant trust of Mick, and the instant “love” between the Triad members. I just felt it was all a little too pat. The book was well enough written, but didn’t really have much to make it stand out and grab my attention. Now that I think back, I did read the blurb when it hit our available to read/review list on Love Bytes, and I originally requested it and picked it up specifically for the “running from the motorcycle club” aspect. I guess I was expecting a little more. It was a good book, but it didn’t excite me.
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