a little too blah blah-y. I bet a full quarter of this book was just Adrian/ Greg and\or Sam/Bo trying to protect each other and getting mad at each o...morea little too blah blah-y. I bet a full quarter of this book was just Adrian/ Greg and\or Sam/Bo trying to protect each other and getting mad at each other for putting themselves in danger. kind of annoying. but if you like the BCPI series, it's worth reading.(less)
quality of writing is low and this story doesn't really have much to add to the genre- we've all read this before many times. but it's cute and sweet...morequality of writing is low and this story doesn't really have much to add to the genre- we've all read this before many times. but it's cute and sweet and enjoyable. recommended if you like this trope, which I do.(less)
holy fudge! the salish-kootenai Indian reservation?? I don't need to read the rest of the blurb. I'll read this book because that's where I grew up!!
e...moreholy fudge! the salish-kootenai Indian reservation?? I don't need to read the rest of the blurb. I'll read this book because that's where I grew up!!
edit after reading:
2.5 stars. ultimately I did not enjoy this book and I think it's because it was just too dreary. I wouldn't call it angsty, but there was no joy in this book. no fun, no humor... or at least very little, and that's just not what I'm looking for in m/m these days.
In addition, there were some"first book" issues with pacing (soooooo slow!) and overly wordy dialogue that were a little irritating. this writer shows promise, but this one didn't work for me.
on another note: this doesn't really affect my rating of the book, but I actually grew up on the Indian reservation where this takes place. I was a little confounded by the geography described; it didn't make a lot of sense to be honest. also, while I certainly can't claim to be an expert on the native American culture I grew up around... I guess I just didn't like the way it was portrayed. I'm sure those racial tensions exist, even though I never experienced them. but this book made northwestern Montana seem like a crappy place to live and that couldn't be further from the truth. the flathead Indian reservation is gorgeous and the people are wonderful. I didn't see any of that in this book, which was disappointing. I didn't get to read books set this close to home very often.(less)
this book had the potential to be soooo good but ultimately ended up pissing me off too much for me to give it the 4 star rating it could have deserve...morethis book had the potential to be soooo good but ultimately ended up pissing me off too much for me to give it the 4 star rating it could have deserved. Probably only dropping one star is pretty generous, actually. I will rant about what made me mad, between spoiler tags, later when I'm at a computer with a keyboard.
Below be spoilers. But I think if you're friends with me, you'll probably have a similar reaction so you may want to read it anyway. Okay, go.
(view spoiler)[Here’s the basic premise: Tristan grew up in an abusive home. Now he’s happy with Cory, but we see glimpses of behavior in him that show he might be repeating some of those patterns. At first, I really liked this. I thought it was very interesting and I was excited to see how the author was going to resolve it. Unfortunately it was not resolved to my satisfaction. What made me mad was that Tristan was the only one who seemed to realize that his behavior was unacceptable. Tristan got jealous and angry and shoved Cory. Cory tripped over a helmet he’d dropped on the floor (which he dropped because Tristan was being overly aggressive from the moment he walked in) and hit his head on the door frame, which knocked him out briefly and left him with a concussion and needing stitches. After this happened, Tristan left because he didn’t want to turn into his dad and end up hurting Cory even more. THIS WAS THE RIGHT CALL. But both Cory and Sam thought he’d overreacted. “He’s afraid he’s going to hurt you because of one incident?” Well, it wasn’t one incident. It was one of just a couple of violent incidents, but in addition to that, there were several instances of Tristan behaving in a very jealous and controlling manner; telling Cory who he can see and when. Just because he wasn’t violent in those scenes doesn’t mean his behavior wasn’t abusive. The excuses Cory and Sam made for Tristan’s behavior really bothered me. But what really pissed me off was this. There are several comments or moments in this book that imply that victims of domestic abuse are weak and passive, and that if you’re strong enough, then you can’t be abused. For example, Tristan is a little nervous about Cory’s mom’s new boyfriend, and Cory says, “My mom’s not like yours. She’s not that passive.” Bullshit. Anyone can be abused. Or how about this: when Cory and Tristan are broken up and Sam is trying to help them find their way back to each other, he teaches Cory some self-defense moves. “So Tristan will know that he can’t really hurt you.” So somehow it’s okay for Tristan to go into a rage and take his anger out on Cory because Cory’s bigger than he is and now he can get Tristan in some kind of wrestling hold and then they can have hot sex after. Problem solved. Grrr! It just perpetuates the myth that men are never victims of domestic violence. Just because you’re physically bigger than the person abusing you doesn’t mean they can’t hurt you or that their behavior is okay. That’s just ridiculous. It really made me angry. Ultimately Tristan does start going to counseling and his therapist diagnoses him with PTSD, and I was glad for that. But Cory’s strategy of essentially telling Tristan “go ahead and beat the crap out of me, you won’t really be able to hurt me” as a solution just… well, you know. Grr. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)