It’s Complicated by Christiane France ~ Review by Leisa

No one ever forgets their first time …

imageTitle: It’s Complicated

Author: Christiane France

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

In Peninsula Heights, Pete Letouche and Mitch Ravello lusted over one another in high school. Then on prom night, a couple of drinks gave them the courage to put their thoughts into action and share their first sexual experience. With Pete’s father chief of police and Mitch’s reputed to be the local crime boss, however, Pete knew there could never be anything more between them than that one night. Shortly thereafter, Pete left town to train as a master chef, which led to him working at different hotels across the country. But during that time, he never forgot Mitch, and he also never lost sight of his childhood dream to own a gourmet food shop.

Now, ten years later, Pete has returned to town, and his shop is both a reality and a success. He’s on top of the world, until Mitch walks into the shop and announces he’s taken over the note Pete signed for the down-payment on the building.

Pete knows Mitch’s father is retired, but did Mitch take over the family business of loansharking and shaking down local business owners? Mitch says not, but Pete has no way of knowing if Mitch is telling the truth. And to make matters worse, the lustful feelings they once shared seem alive and well. Pete can’t help but wonder whether his feelings for Mitch are real or just warmed-over old memories.

When Mitch invites him to dinner at his place, Pete decides to go. A private, face-to-face meeting could be the perfect opportunity to sort out the present and put the past to rest.

My View

It’s Complicated is the sweet story of Mitch and Pete, who went to high school together and were each other’s first sexual experience. They were together just once before graduation, and then went their separate ways. Ten years later, hunky Mitch is back in town and he still very much so wants Pete. Mitch, a sweet and determined man, actively pursues Pete until Pete relents to have dinner with him. Pete is afraid to trust Mitch, and Pete’s convinced his father, the town’s police chief, will never accept Pete and Mitch together as a couple.

It’s Complicated isn’t terribly (dare I say it?) complicated. Pete and Mitch are likeable without any serious character flaws, and the plot is straight forward and flows easily to a sweet ending. The only real angst is Pete’s needless fretting, and his worries are quickly and easily resolved. France’s It’s Complicated isn’t overly thought provoking or angsty, but it is a fun, charming book – just right as a light, sexy read.

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I would like to thank Amber Quill Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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