Title: Working it Out
Author: Kristen Slater
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Celebrating six months with his boyfriend has Cas in a bit of a panic. Joe’s been saying “I love you” for a while, but Cas just can’t get the words past his lips. A week before Christmas, he finally says them when a nearly fatal accident almost takes Joe, and Cas faces the possibility of losing the best man he’s ever known. But whispered declarations are one thing. Through a long, tough recovery both men must work out that love is more than words.
Working it Out is an interesting read. Once I got used to the author’s style; I enjoyed the story of Cas coming to terms with his feelings for Joe. As with many stories in the genre, we get to see both Cas and Joe’s points of view in alternating fashion. Both have a second-person feel. They are talking to you, the reader, not just randomly telling a story. It took some time to settle for me, but once it did, I appreciated the personal feel of the storytelling.
This is not a love at first blush story. Working it Out is about an existing couple deepening their bonds. Not always my favorite trope when not a sequel to a much loved book, but Slater does an admirable job helping be understand the dynamics of the relationship and the motivation of the characters. the story is sweet, but doesn’t evoke the emotions I usually look for in such a tale. I think the time jumps and stilted prose and dialogue helped keep me just far enough out of the story to not fall in love with the characters.
I would be interested in more from this author in the future, but would want to see smoother action and dialogue.
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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