Title: Family Ties
Author: Lisa Gray
Publisher: JMS Books
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Danny Carmody has lived life privileged but lonely. He has always sacrificed his own needs to meet the demands of his family. Now he is faced with an arranged marriage intended to reunite the Carmodys and the Dwyers, the city’s two most powerful families. Out of his sense of duty, he agrees. But always a romantic at heart, he secretly nurtures hopes of finding love within this sterile business arrangement. Once he meets his intended groom, Evan — a talented, attractive architect — those hopes soar.
Evan Dwyer has grown up reviled by his family. Before he was even born, his mother was blamed for breaking up a planned marriage between the Carmodys and the Dwyers. As a result, both Evan and his mother have lived their lives in virtual exile. But now he has suddenly been deemed of use to the families, and they are blackmailing him into participating in the arranged marriage.
Furious, he reaches out to the FBI for help and finds only more complications. Too many people want to use him to advance their own agendas. By the time Evan realizes Danny might just be the safe harbor he’s looked for all his life, it may well be too late. Evan has set in motion forces that threaten to destroy any hope they have for a future together.
I will admit it; I did not go into Family Ties expecting all that much. It was by a new author from a small press. I am a bit jaded, but have had bad luck with titles like that in the past. However, I was intrigued by the blurb and decided to give it a shot, anyway. What I got was not perfect, but was interesting and well thought out.
Danny and Evan are both products of their environment. One the perfect son. One the outcast bastard child. They are also both being used by their families as a means to an end. Danny doesn’t have much backbone, and, as such, I have a hard time sympathizing with him. Evan, however, has had a pretty crappy time of it and the circumstances surrounding his participation in the scheme are completely understandable.
Even at the end of the story, I was left with a number of unanswered questions, such as why the FBI agent had such a vendetta against one of the main families in the story. I also found that many of the scenes were unnecessary, repetitive, and/or served only to bog the story down instead of moving it forward. At one point, I contemplated skipping ahead to nearer the end, and I don’t think I really would have missed much at all.
In the end, I did read the entire story. While I enjoyed the love story that developed between Daniel and Evan, I was often left rolling my eyes at the predictable side plots. I will most likely give Ms. Gray another shot in the future.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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