Rule Breaker by Lily Morton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was very close to a full "win" for me. I loved the humour and the way the author showed Gabe's feelings for Dylan in his glances, etc. without us having to be in Gabe's head.
What I had difficulty with, was the amount of angst and the how long it went on for. I also didn't like Gabe's philandering through the beginning.
Overall, though, this was an enjoyable read. I will read it again, and have already bought the next books in the series.
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The Station by Keira Andrews
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I honestly could have loved this book. There's just two things that held me back. It took me a little while to figure them both out, but once I did, they continued to gnaw at me.
1. This novel is written almost entirely in a storytelling narrative. There was very little showing, and almost all telling. It felt detached, and distanced me from our hero, when the intent should be the opposite.
2. It is written exclusively from Colin's POV. This wouldn't ordinarily be a problem (there are a lot of successful 1 pov novels out there), but with the clashing of Colin and Patrick's characters, it feels almost essential that the reader get into Patrick's head to find out what's going on. He says that he's been sleeping with other people--is that a lie, or is he actually a scumbag? What does he actually feel for Colin? Why does he push Colin away so much? Why won't he kiss Colin in the beginning of their intimacies? What about Colin makes Patrick think that he's untrustworthy, and the same as the guy from his past? Honestly, I could go on and on with the questions that I have about Patrick and his surly, brooding, untrusting, sex-hungry ways. To me, the ending--despite the typical happily every after--was unsuccessful in answering these questions, which made it feel incomplete, and made me question Colin's dedication. Patrick was all over the place, and I just didn't get it.
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Award winning historical romance author, Acquisitions Manager for Pandamoon Publishing, wife, and stay-at-home mom of four. Chocoholic, nerd, & bath bomb enthusiast.