‘New to me’ authors are always exciting to read and I like to be surprised sometimes…
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Cover Artist: Jay’s Cover Designs (inspired by drawings of Maria Korte)
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Always was and always will be.
At least that’s what Matthew Hopkins thinks. Unfortunately, Morgan is also a brilliant law student, and easily eclipses Matthew, academically and socially.
Matthew insists he hates Morgan. According to Matthew’s best friend, Cory, perhaps he doth protest a bit too much.
Cory has received the chance of a lifetime in the form of an internship with ITM—Information Technology and Medicine—the prestigious research company where Morgan’s father is the CEO. Too inquisitive for his own good, the naturally curious Cory stumbles on a deadly secret inside of ITM. What he has learned will tip the balance of everything, but for good or bad?
Just what is the mysterious Project X?
What is Morgan’s involvement?
Matthew has to sort fact from fiction, friend from foe, as his world is turned upside down and inside out, and nothing can be the way it was.
This novel is a puzzle to me. I liked the plot line but it failed to be the suspense/mystery novel promised . The writing was without typos and grammar faults but, although I found out it was written by a Brit, it read confusedly as a mixture of British and American both in spellings, idioms and attitudes. We even have one the of the main characters, Morgan, joking when Matthew uses the word ‘Awesome’ asking if he’s become American, but then later in the book he and everyone else, use this exclamation regularly with no comment. The main protagonists are in their final year at University and yet two of them are virgins. I’m not saying this is unheard of, but Matthew is supposedly gorgeous and suffers from no confidence issues etc… Two are studying Law, one Biochemistry at an UK University I presumed, and yet two are sharing in dorms in their final year, which is almost unheard of too, the third drives an Audi to and from a huge mansion. I know these are minor issues but they irked and started to build up as the story progressed.
The story should have been full of intrigue and tension, but it really was a romance where the lovers to be happen to be male. This issue, however was not a cause of angst at all and whilst I like to think stories with gay protagonists, where being gay doesn’t matter should happen, I don’t think contemporary society is there yet, so to ignore it is unrealistic. A bigger problem for me was that Matthew, who hates Morgan but loves him really, is clueless about himself or the fact that his friend, Cory, is in love with him. This trope is pandering to a heterosexual stereotypes which turned me off reading m/f romances. I am not revealing any spoilers here because, unlike Matthew, we know the score almost from the first page. Matthew is an interesting if rather emotionally stunted young man until he has his epiphany regarding Morgan and then he became a swooning ‘romance heroine’ who felt
His eyes had been consuming my face…
Matthew’s surprise at finding himself gay is minimal and causes him no retrospection or concern or anything really. Morgan’s Father changes his attitudes and demeanour in an instant, and the unrealistic behaviour of one of the character’s, merely twelve hours after it is thought they are breathing their last was too much for me. I realise I am being a little sarcastic and perhaps I am being unfair. If it had been a young adult novel I might have overlooked some of the issues which irked me so, however with the minimal but fairly explicit sex scenes it didn’t feel YA. The main characters feel too young for the chronological ages their situations gave them. I’m sorry but the ‘poor virgin falls in love forever with the first and very wealthy person they sleep with’ is best left for bad costume m/f romances.
I am quite sure many readers will enjoy this as a romance, and not understand my issues and that is as it should be. I am giving this novel an inconsistent 2.5*
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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