Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Kris Jacen
Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars
Doug travels from Arbor Heights to stay with his grandmother Noel during one of the largest hurricanes North Carolina has seen. What starts as a support trip becomes more intense when her neighbor’s house is damaged during the storm, forcing Neal to bunker down with Doug and his grandmother. But it’s not just a hurricane tossing Doug’s life around. There’s a boyfriend back home causing him to question their relationship, and an unexpected attraction for Neal. Doug’s life will never be the same after Hurricane Lauris.
I have to admit that I chose to review this series based on the authors alone. I didn’t care about the subject matter, these authors are ones I love reading or have always wanted to read. Ms. DeRicci was at the top of this list as she has been a favorite of mine since I found the m/m genre and I have read everything she has written. I was so upset when her book was last, because that meant I had to wait forever for it to be released. When I finally got to read it, I was sadly disappointed and feel like this is not the best representation of her abilities.
Doug & Neal is the last installment of the Hurricane Lauris saga. The storyline had potential and the characters as individuals were great. However, the execution of the story left me feeling let down and confused. For a good portion of this story, Neal is attracted to Doug, but Doug displays no desire for Neal at all. Doug seems very happy with his current boyfriend. Then Doug’s boyfriend leaves and all of a sudden Neal and Doug are flying across the country and having sexy times. There was no emotion between these men and very little chemistry even after they start a physical relationship. The descriptions of the sex were also emotionless and actually very disjointed. The dialogue was very caveman with short, incomplete sentence and grunts. But not in a hot drag him off and MINE caveman way.
I just didn’t connect with this one. It felt cold and forced. I just want the readers of this review to know that this is not a great representation the the authors ability and if this is your first go with her works, please pick up her Jasper series or her Men of Silo books and give her another shot.
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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