Out of Ctrl by SA Welsh ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

OutofCTRL Title: Out of Ctrl

Author: SA Welsh

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Andrew had no intention of ever going back home. But circumstances force him to face his painful past and the friend who betrayed him.
Andrew Finley has no intention of going back to his hometown—ever. After he’s caught hacking into the CIA, he builds himself a new life as a computer guy for the very government agency he hacked. But over the past few months, something has been bothering him, and his boss is acting more paranoid than usual. Every time an operation fails, Andrew collects information that could prove someone is selling secrets. Now he’s pretty sure his boss is trying to kill him, so he has no choice but to go back home to buy some time. Home may be more dangerous than facing his boss. Nine years ago, his former best friend and first crush Teddy betrayed him, and let his evil sister and her minions send him running.
But he’s back now and not everything is as clear-cut as he thought. Teddy may not be a Judas but can Andrew catch his fireman without getting burned, or is coming home going to kill him?
One corrupt boss, one evil sister, enough family drama to fill a dozen daytime chat shows and an ex-best friend whom he’s been in love with for half his life makes for one hell of an interesting trip home.

Brandilyn’s View:

Out of CTRL is a good title for this story by SA Welsh. I spent half of the book wondering if there was going to be a plot, and I spent the other half wishing the plot had not developed as it did. Sadly, it developed exactly as I thought it would. In addition, I found the entire story to be just a little too close to a poster for the conspiracy nuts among us.

I love a good second chance romance. Anyone who reads this blog knows that. I love the moment of reconnection. I love the tension and the heartbreak. However, the second chance romance in Out of Control was just a little too over the top for me. The both the reasons behind the initial misunderstanding, and the way the reconnection was handled left me unsatisfied. It was all a foregone conclusion. There was none of the heartbreak and tension, only adolescent angst and slamming doors.

The other issue I had was the clear lack of research that went into the story. Having worked in the intelligence community for a number of years, I could not stop the eye rolling and head shaking. Add in the evil sister and her minions, and I would have put this book down if it had been any longer. I would love to say that this was PWP (porn without plot) and take it as such. But I can’t even do that because there wasn’t enough of the former to justify the lack of the latter.

The premise of Out of CTRL attracted me. If you know me in real life, you know exactly why it did so. I am a computer geek, and I love seeing a computer geek as a main character that isn’t the token nerd or the socially inept buffoon. I appreciated that Andrew was not portrayed as either.

Maybe I went into with too high of expectations. Maybe I was just in a mood when I read it, but I wanted this book to be so much more than what the author offered us.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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,

Brandilyn
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