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- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing (25 Nov. 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075SRP82N
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DNF at 47%
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Cover is extremely dark and the model is barely visible against the pitch background and black gloves. The only thing that makes the eyes stop for a moment is the bold, golden title font.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person
Set in Seattle, I'd expect the story to be fully Americanized; however, I found several instances where the author's terminology slipped through and into the book.
Riley was immediately attracted to Craig's tall, dark, and chiseled appearance. What I find unfathomable is the fact that Riley acknowledges that Craig basically treated him no better than a whore when they first met, though Craig later supplied a convoluted excuse that should have been inconsequential but Riley seemed to accept it and further allowed the guy to make advances. By the time they left the club that night (separately), I disliked both characters already.
DNF at 47%. Three strikes and Craig was out for me. How Riley allowed him to talk his way out of the second club fiasco was beyond my comprehension but it was the way he behaved at Riley's apartment at that 47% mark that concluded I was done with the jerk. In my eyes, Craig was completely irredeemable and Riley was too full of pathetic optimism and apparently had little to no self-esteem to allow himself to be treated like and talked to the way Craig did. Nope. Was not having any more of that.
Outside of the completely distasteful and utterly unlikable lead couple, I found the secondary cast mostly enjoyable from what I read. Cast interaction was entertaining (again, outside of Riley and Craig). The "chemistry" was completely unilateral and they were not compatible in the least. The storyline had potential and the writing quality is very good. The story flows well, it's just those two and their horrible quirks and traits that were so truly intolerable. I am unable to comment on or score the degree of the conflicts or their resolutions, level of predictability, or the nature of the conclusion.
I could no better recommend this story as I could endorse any other book where a victim of domestic abuse allows themselves to stay in the situation. Craig's attitude and behavior towards Riley did not feel that far off from domestic abuse, and Riley continually allowed it to happen again. It was disheartening and aggravating.
I wanted, so badly, to like this story and have enjoyed a few other books written by this author so I am saddened that this one did not even feel like something Ms. Andrews would write.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 2.175 ~ Stars: 2 & DNF @ 47%
⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
It was time for a new MM book for me and this one came exactly at the right time. I met Riley and Craig and immediately thought… Oh, I don’t think that’ll work. Not at all. Those two were just too different. Throughout the story they found together, fought and made up.
Overall the plot was nice. Nice, but not excellent that is mostly due to the fact that it all felt rushed. The moment there was a little suspense it was already resolved. I couldn’t even get myself rooting for the couple to get together (again) or solve the problems, because all happened on only a few pages.
The characters were likable, but due to the shortness of the book, I couldn’t really connect to them. I would have liked to see and read more of them. Their feelings, what makes the act the way they did. All of that. It was missing and I think I finished the book in under two hours. I was a little disappointed, because while the idea was good, it could be fleshed out more to make it a great book.
The writing style was good. It was easy to read and supported the plot. There were no plotholes or other problems that would have put me off of reading further which was really enjoyable.
Craig and Riley couldn't be more opposite in their physical appearances. Craig is an MMA fighter whilst Riley is a geeky paralegal. The differences between them don't stop there with Craig more comfortable jumping from bed to bed than in a relationship whilst Riley doesn't do one night stands, preferring actual relationships. Craig is still hiding his sexuality from those around him whilst Riley is open about himself and his sexuality. All of these differences come together to cause tension and misunderstandings between the two men.
I didn't feel as connected to these characters as I have with others created by Laura N. Andrews. Craig's aloofness and quiet demeanour meant it was difficult to fully get to know him as a character.
It was still a read I enjoyed and I found the contrast between the characters really interesting and it was these that hooked me into this book.
***Reviewed for LBM Book Blog***