I was really enjoying this one, and then an issue popped up to split the guys up. If it had been seeded in earlier it probably would have worked betteI was really enjoying this one, and then an issue popped up to split the guys up. If it had been seeded in earlier it probably would have worked better for me. But plopping it in out of the blue, it didn't make much sense....more
This was a very crowded story- racism, immigration reform, healthcare reform, marriage equality, the foster care system, homeless LGBT youth, workplacThis was a very crowded story- racism, immigration reform, healthcare reform, marriage equality, the foster care system, homeless LGBT youth, workplace protections for LGBT individuals, a living wage. Ed and Laurie from Dance With Me play a significant role in this one, as well as Oliver Thompson and Ed's parents, who aren't as primary, but are there enough to have on-page conversations with the main characters. Marcus from Let It Snow makes an appearance (although this story happens pre-LIS, so it's a heartbroken Marcus, getting ready to leave the city and move back to Logan), and his friends Arthur and Paul, who got their own stories is Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland, make cameos, too.
There's also a foster teen, a mother, father, sister, an adoptive mother, a biological mother, a social worker/center director, and a threatening elementary school principal who all have significant scenes, most of them multiple significant scenes, in the story.
With all of that, there wasn't much time for the MCs, Spencer and Tomas, to develop a romance. It felt way to early when (view spoiler)[Tomas asked Spencer to marry him (hide spoiler)]. Up to that point, other people spent more time imagining a grand future for the two of them than either of them did for themselves.
Basically, it was just too much. I know in real life problems don't conveniently show up one at a time in manageable bites. But I'm skeptical that people with this much on their plates would find time for romance, too. I mean, Spencer is a brand new, single foster father, and Tomas is working three jobs. They were good characters, and I think if they were buried under a little less stuff the story would have worked better for me. This wasn't a bad book, but it's a problem when the romance takes a backseat in a romance novel....more
I found this story very scattered. Stuff happened, but it didn't feel like there was a unifying idea, or a story arc that moved forward. The trip to LI found this story very scattered. Stuff happened, but it didn't feel like there was a unifying idea, or a story arc that moved forward. The trip to Louisiana probably could have been its own book, but as written, it wasn't much more than a pointless distraction. We're told that investigation is Avery's purpose in life, but mostly it seems like he spins his wheels, obsessing over the case, but never really accomplishing anything. A major storyline from book 1 was resolved, by happenstance instead of through any particular effort of the main characters. A secondary investigation leads to Avery getting beat up, but the fight happens off the page, and we get only the most basic of explanations of whodunnit. So all of that felt pointless. Page space is taken up by side characters with stuff going on, but none of it is resolved. It all felt more like series bait than anything that actually belonged in this book. I probably won't bother with future books in the series, assuming there are any....more