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Complicate Me

(The Good Ol' Boys #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  10,012 ratings  ·  1,180 reviews
It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.
A decision.
A simple choice.
There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road.
A different life.
It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy.
Kindle Edition, 397 pages
Published September 12th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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This book had been sitting on my TBR list for quite a long time. I am a big fan of M. Robinson's work. After reading 'El Diablo', I knew that I needed to read 'The Good Ol' Boys' series. 'Complicate Me' is the first book in that series and it does not disappoint. I loved this angsty, coming of age romance.

Unlike the other books I've read by this author, this isn't a "dark" read. However, don't mistake that for a lack of emotion or tension. W
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Angsty stars!

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M. Robinson knows how to deliver the angst. This isn’t my first book by her, so I was somewhat prepared. Complicate Me is a friends to lovers/second chance romance that was stressful to read, emotional and angsty as all get out. It was also sweet and funny at times and warmed my heart. I loved watching these characters grow up. This book was so much more than a romance and focused on more than the main characters. It was a book about friendship first and foremost. A coming of
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
2.5 “She’s just a girl” STARS

”Our relationship was filled with what ifs, and maybe somedays… It was complicated. It was messy. It was us.”




When an author asks me to ARC a book, I try very hard to take into consideration all the time and heart that they have poured into their finished product. That being said, I started this one and did like prologue (perhaps only part of book the book that I can say I truly liked) and got to 17% and if not for being asked to read this story directly
Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Complicate Me is book one in The Good Ol’ Boys series by M. Robinson. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Oak Island, NC:

Alexandra Collins was born and raised in Oak Island, North Carolina. Her four best friends and constant companions were a set of four boys, three of which were two years older than her, the third just one year. Alex was known to them as their ‘Half Pint.’ She went everywhere with them and they thought of her as their little sister. They al
Dee Montoya
***** FIVE STARS*****
(ARC kindly provided by author M. Robinson)

This book was simply stunning!!! The story is full of angst and so much beauty. Small town setting, friends to lovers romance and not an easy journey but a love so strong, that you'll feel it in every part of your body.

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Alexandra aka Half Pint, grew up amongst boys. She's an only child but was never in need of sibling love, because these boys have always loved and protected her fiercely. Out of the four boys there is Lucas, he
5 hurricane stars
“I loved you then, I love you now, I’ll love you always.”

Complicate Me is a story that I knew before reading was going to be full of emotion and feelings, but I underestimated how much of a pull I was going to have with Alex and Lucas. I tend to shy away from books where there is a love triangle, and in this while there was a love triangle it was a seriously unbalanced triangle never leaving any doubt just how strong the bond is between Alex and Lucas; that they wer
Geri Reads
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've thought about my rating and review long and hard but the bottom line is, Complicate Me isn't for me. I love angst. Love it, but for me, I also need character and plot development, and I found it lacking in this book.

I couldn't connect with the writing at all. The prose, the constant use of semicolons and ellipses were distracting. I also couldn't connect with either Alex or Lucas. Their relationship felt juvenile to me. Their reasons for not being together is more annoying than heartbreakin
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok

2.5 Stars

I love angst. I enjoy emotional turmoil, the suffering, the heartache – it makes the resolution so much sweeter. That said, it only works if I connect with the characters – I need development, depth, I need to know them, to care about them and their story. Unfortunately, that is where Complicate Me missed the mark for me.

We would always be linked. We were destined to be soul mates. Star-crossed lovers.

Growing up as an only child in a small coastal town, Alexandra develops a special
Kelli C
5 Brown Eyed Girl Stars!

*ARC provided in exchange for honest review*

Beautifully Broken. Heartbreakingly Complex. Poignant and Passionate. Complicate Me is a coming of age romance that weaves a lifetime of firsts into a future of forever. First friends, first loves, innocent kisses, first heartbreaks all set the foundation for two destined souls to take a long angst filled journey through adolescence into adulthood.

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Alexandra, aka Half-pint, is one of the guys. Surrounded by 3 of the best guy
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "My Brown Eyed Girl" stars***

OMG!!! This book wrecked me, but i think that it will stay with me for a long time!!!
It was so difficult to witness this love...
It started at very young age and all those obstacles that were standing on their way were making my heart bleeding!!!

Alex and Lucas hurt each other very much and my heart was breaking for them...
They left other things to complicate their love and at the end they just making one mistake after the other...
Those two were meant to be fo
I WILL NEVER, ABSOLUTELY NEVER WILL BE CONVINCED that "this guy" who enjoy this sex so much with OW is in love with the heroine as he claimed to love her...REALLY?
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No rating

Out of respect to the author, as I stopped at 52% and skimmed to the end, I won't rate this book.

I'm a self professed angst whore. I love it. I gobble it up and beg for more. I just love how it hurts SO good. Unfortunately for me, this book had angst, but it wasn't at all my cuppa. It had all the ingredients and perhaps if it was laid out different, it would have worked for me. So what didn't?

I did not realize that this book would take the reader year by year through the H/h lives start
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
I won't read because too much of OW activity while the heroine is growing up. Of course, he's a man and he can't wait, he has to f@ck everything that moves, because authors aren't original and they want that all heroes are manwhores. Not only that (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

Complicate Me is the first story in the “Good Ol’ Boys Series” and I can honestly say without a doubt I am hooked. The story mostly focuses on Lucas and Alex, a boy and girl who have been friends their entire lives. However, the supporting cast is just as fantastic, I loved these boys and I am so intrigued and dying to read their stories.

We would always be linked. We were destined to be soul mates. Star-crossed lovers.

The story begins with us meeting Alex and Lucas as adolescents an
✰ Liz ✰
~4 Love Can Be Complicated Stars~


"When you're that young, you don't realize how short life truly is. You think you will have all the time in the world to be and do whatever your heart desires. It will eventually get there; it's bound to happen. One day."-Lucas


Complicate Me is exactly what the title says~complicated! It is a story documenting the life and times of a group of friends stumbling through the awkward "coming of age" stage of life. It is the story of two of those friends who fell in l
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༺**Complimentary Copy**༺ Provided by the author "M. Robinson" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

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TITLE: Complicate Me
SERIES: (The Good Ol' Boys, #1)
AUTHOR: M. Robinson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: September 14th 2015


I've read ALL of M. Robinson's books and have cray cray LOVED them so am really intrigued to see what journey she takes me on with this book..

I can not tell you how much I loved this book, god the feels, loved the stor

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Complicate Me by M. Robinson is a raw, poignant, touching read that weaves the elements of first love, friendship, second chances, life, and love. In this engrossing tale, M. Robinson enchants her readers on all facets of love from first love, heartbreak, anger, lust, jealousy, and healing. She shows her readers that LOVE is a simple word but hard to define. Can an innocent love blossomed to a forever kind of love? A blurred love? A complic

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Type: Standalone Book 1 of The Good Ol' Boys series
POV: First Person - Dual

Lucas Ryder and Alexandra Collins had been best friends since they were born. Together with three other boys, they were as close as blood relatives, growing up together in the beach town of Oak Island, North Carolina.

But growing up wasn’t easy when attractions started to get in the way of innocent friendship. Sometimes, it took learning th
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This guy was a cheat because he knew that he loved heroine but still kept on having sex with Stacy, the worst thing for me is having a baby with ow and this happened after a descriptive sex scene with Stacy with no condom that scene was disgusting and an insult to the heroine whom be "loved".
I hate children with other people especially when the main leads already have feelings for each other I don't know but I can't get over it and I wish author's would stop doing that trope to create more angst
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My feelings regarding COMPLICATE ME, for want of a better word, are quite complicated. On the one hand I loved the characters and premise, and towards the end I felt the intended emotion but in contrast there are times when the story did not hold my attention. It has all the ingredients that I love in my reading material, angst, slow build, great characters, romance and a love triangle but unfortunately these elements did not always gel cohesively for my person
I don't even know where to begin with this book!! Holy smoly, what an emotional roller coaster ride this was, and when I say this I am not saying it lightly. The thing with this story is that it has a few of my pet peeves in it; but even with my peeves...I was hooked. In fact, I can honestly say that I haven't got a lot done since I started this book!!

Complicate me is the start of "The Good Ol' Boys" series, and it is about a group of friends who grow up together in a small town. Alexandra is t
3 Stars
This one started off really good. I love a best friends to lovers book. I also love it when we get the story of when they are kids and growing up and falling in love. But for some reason this one I didn't love.
Maybe it's because so many people came between these two. At 90% when they finally get together it was too late for me. I no longer cared.
I also didn't like reading about them both having sex with other people.
Will I be reading the next book? I doubt it. I think the good ole boys
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
I was literally placed in a boxing ring while I read this book. I started out excited, born best friends, Lucas & Alexandra, turned into a love that only happens once in a lifetime, then Bam a punch to my gut. I got back up and continued. Got some smiles in, even a few "Awwww" moments, then Bam, a bigger punch to my gut. Dang it, it just seemed to be a continuous pattern. I quickly went along with the pattern and smiled, frowned, and even shed some tears the punches were so hard. I constantly co ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
Okay so more often than not, I find myself reading a book, finishing it and then waiting till the weekend to gather my thoughts and reviewing. But with this book, that formula is just not going to work. So I'm just going to let my emotions create havoc here and hope that it some how makes sense.

Complicate Me is a gripping coming of age romance that pairs up Lucas and Alex. Our two main characters that have known each other since birth. Two best friends. Two souls that become lost in the storm th
Dilek VT
This is the 1st book in the GOOD OL’ BOYS series. The series tell the stories of a bunch of childhood friends: Alexandra and her boys, Lucas, Jacob, Dylan and Austin...

The 1st book in the series is about two of them: Lucas and Alexandra. The 2nd book is about Jacob and Lucas’s sister, Lily, the 3rd book is about Dylan, and the 4th book is about Austin. Although they are each stand-alone books with no cliff-hanger, each one contains information about these people so it is better if you read them
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult
Alexandra (or Alex like she wants to be called), Lucas and three other boys are best friends since they were little. Alex has always been one of the guys, but she didn’t mind that at all. Alex and Lucas’ friendship is closer than her friendship with the other boys. When Alex is a little older, she starts to have romantic feelings for Lucas. Lucas also wants more than friendship, but he thinks she’s too young. Over the next couple of years, Lucas dates a few women and Alex remains single. Lucas a ...more
Mary Elizabeth
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Five “be still my heart” stars!

Complicate Me is my first book from M. Robinson. Known for penning sensual erotica novels, this coming-of-age story is Robinson’s first in the Young adult/ New Adult genre. I have no doubt the readership will welcome her with open arms.

As both a reader and author of coming-of-age books, they are tricky to pull off, and more often than not fall flat if not carefully constructed. Most adults are not going to want to read about small children coloring on the walls,
Mar 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. That is the plain and simple truth.

There's too much angst, too much stupidity, wayyyy too much emotional cheating. Cheating doesn't only occur when you are in a definitive named relationship of boyfriend-girlfriend or husband-wife. It can happen when you know you are in an emotional loving relationship without a label.

Lucas and Alexandra have been in a relationship from the start of their friendship. Fair enough she is two years younger than him, but if he really loved her?
Ramona Popescu
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought about the ratings for this book a lot... Like seriously after 40% I just knew how things will eventually be, but I just hanged on and hope that maybe something will improve... Well, it didn't.. it got WORSE!!
"Complicate Me" by M. Robinson is the first book from "The Good Ol' Boys Series" and it was not for me. Maybe the series will evolve and get better with the others boys, but unfortunately, I won't be there to find out because I won't be reading the installments. I just can't... I f
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-own
Beware that I’m in a Book Rut (it has surpassed slump). My review will be pessimistic as it will reflect my mood.
I wasn’t alive in 1981, but you get what I’m saying.

Okay. Where to start...ahh yes. Let’s begin with the title of this little gem. Complicate Me. M. Robinson misspelled the 1st word. It should read DEPRESS ME!

I called it from the prologue, I told Hanne (this was a buddy read) that this story reeked of doom. And boy was I wrong. It reeked of calamity, destruction, catastrophe and all
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