I was impressed. Speechless. Scorched. I was looking for a book that would pull me in, hook me, trap me, and engage me from page one until the end &...moreI was impressed. Speechless. Scorched. I was looking for a book that would pull me in, hook me, trap me, and engage me from page one until the end & Beyond Complicated did just that! Twisted with a very taboo subject but so highly addicted. BC made me laugh as much as it made me squirm and sweat. I will say that this book would have been spectacular without the overuse of BABY. Baby distracted me, almost pulled me from the story. I believe the word shouldn't have been uttered by anyone outside of the triad, and it shouldn't have been spoken more than every page, not a few times per paragraph. While some of the dialogue was cheesy-romantic and the baby-babies were spewed like a benediction to God, the storyline overpowered the negative. I'm not into saccharine romances, and a few times BC dipped into that territory, but I forgave BC.
Highly recommend to m/m readers and fans of pushing the limits with taboo subject matter. (less)
While I enjoyed the Wallflower series, I'm engrossed by the Hathaways. The premise is stronger, more exciting, real- less saccharine. The tie-in with...moreWhile I enjoyed the Wallflower series, I'm engrossed by the Hathaways. The premise is stronger, more exciting, real- less saccharine. The tie-in with the Wallflowers made this series easier to get into. The strong yet humorous familial connection is more endearing than the simple friendship of the Wallflowers. I see a difference in Kleypas' writing from one series to the next, a growth that makes the reading experience more entertaining and less trite, the character building more complex with deeper connections between the characters. All in all, I've highly enjoyed this series but saddened that I only have one more book to read. I hope Beatrix's book doesn't disappoint as she is my favorite character! (less)
Short story: Kindle freebie, a story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
Kyle Adams stories are short and sweet and seem to plaster a goofy smile upon...moreShort story: Kindle freebie, a story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
Kyle Adams stories are short and sweet and seem to plaster a goofy smile upon my face. I find myself randomly laughing through the duration of the read. While sexy, it's endearing and entertaining. Definitely recommend for m/m fans who would like half an hour of escapism.
Long, drawn out without any real direction. The protagonist made me want to smack her. Bad, bad influence on young women on what...more2.5 stars- DNF at 32%
Long, drawn out without any real direction. The protagonist made me want to smack her. Bad, bad influence on young women on what not to do in a relationship- makes women look like clueless idiots that don't deserve respect. Wasn't done in angst just stupidity. Too much for me to handle and borderline domestic abuse-(how the book started was abusive from page one to where I almost didn't read it because it was too close to home and leading me to believe the book would have unexpected depth so I kept on reading) I guess I was hoping for a book on overcoming abuse and finding your self-respect... nope. no depth.
What I found was a woman who was just as weak as the man she was taunting. The abuse was on both sides, the girlfriend bating the boyfriend and the boyfriend wanting to hit her to shut her up- this hits too close to home for me. I wasn't a baiter, but it makes all victims of abuse look like they are asking for it. In this case, if she were my girlfriend baiting me, I'd have dumped her ass and made one of the females in my life give her the beating she was begging for- and the author writes her this way, having her internal dialogue express her need to make him hit her.
The abusive nature was written as if it equated passion- trust me- when you get hit, it's not passionate, it's abuse. And if he had hit her, I'd have arrested her for abuse as well- instigating it.
As an author, especially of YA, you have a responsibility to give a good example- while I understand writing a character a certain way, at least show why it isn't right to behave as such. There are women in the world that do behave as this character- at least show it's wrong so young women don't think it's awesome to be cheated on, disrespected, and it's the way to get and keep a man 'cuz you have to have a boyfriend. That a healthy relationship is one where you passionately almost come to blows instead of true intimacy.
I don't know, maybe it evolves as the book unfolds... but I don't know if I care to find out.
The entire time we are to feel how she is disrespected by the ex but it's her that doesn't respect herself as she waffles in indecision. Even a seventeen yo girl isn't that confused.
I may or may not finish this standalone. If it were a series, I'd say it was absolutely a DNF, since it's a standalone, I may skim read. I'm disappointed since it hooked me in the beginning and quickly flagged from there on out.
One other issue, it's as if the book doesn't know what it wants to be- story threads pop up at random before others are resolved. At the third point in the book, there are a myriad of plots that are being written and none of them interconnecting-so it's chaotic and confusing.
While I am intrigued by Dean... eh.
I've read the author's other work and that is why I picked up this novel. I would hesitantly read more by this author if she publishes anything else. Good, solid foundation, need tightening and a lot of scenes cut. Word of advice, unless the scene is a plot device, meaning it draws you towards the ending, it is filler and nothing else. Something of importance, even within a conversation must occur within the scene or readers will zone out. The majority of the book fits this criteria.
I'm disappointed because it could've, should've been so much more... Lot of potential and decent writing. (less)