Author: Brandi Evans
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Kalen O’Donnell
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Homeless, plagued by nightmares from an abusive childhood, nineteen-year-old Tyler Bishop does whatever he can to escape his pain. Drugs, alcohol, everything’s game—at least until handsome Dean Henderson struts into his life and shows him a better way. For two years, Dean’s love and friendship give Tyler the strength to face his demons instead of running.
Then tragedy strikes.
When a drunk driver kills his parents and severely injures his eleven-year-old sister, Emily, Dean panics. With Emily facing years of extensive—not to mention expensive—rehabilitation, he needs health insurance fast. Forcing himself back into the closet, Dean drops out of college and enlists in the Army. For two years, he plays the perfect soldier, but the pressure of pretending to be someone he’s not is suffocating.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed.
Out on walkabout after a painful emotional setback, Tyler isn’t prepared for the backlash of seeing Dean again. Face to face for the first time in five years, sparks—and tempers!—fly. Before sanity catches up with them, they’re locked in a fierce kiss. But with Dean about to deploy and Tyler wrestling new demons is a reconciliation possible? Or is their reunion doomed before it even begins?
Note:Every individual deserves to be respected for who they are, but unfortunately, not everyone shares this belief. Far too many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth report they’ve been harassed or assaulted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and as a mom of a girl who’s not like the other girls her age, that breaks my heart. So in her honor, I’m donating 10 percent of the royalties from this book to The Trevor Project, a 24-hour suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth, with the hope that, one day, organizations like this will no longer be needed. Please visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ for more information.
Okay, so you know I love a good second chance romance, add in an angsty past, and I can’t resist. Oh, and I might just have a soft spot for the author’s first name… maybe… So of course I was going to pick up In the Middle of Nowhere by Brandi Evans.
Sadly that is about where my love affair with this book ended. Putting aside the lack of plausibility in the initial reunion, I was determined to enjoy this story. Dean is sweet and lovable. Tyler is a whiney, self-centered brat. Yes, Tyler has some real horrors in his past. Yes, Tyler has come a long way. In the end, however, he just annoyed me with his “poor me” attitude.
The parts of the blurb that drew me to this story, however, were all in the past. This story was completely Dean and Tyler fighting, fretting, and fucking. There really wasn’t much else. There isn’t a plot so much as a long drawn out discussion interrupted by a few orgasms. Oh and a few flashbacks on Tyler’s part just to manufacture some angst here and there.
There is an audience for this book. I am sure there is, I just can’t suspend my disbelief enough for this one.
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.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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