Author: Brynn Stein
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/29/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Romance
Branson Farrell lost his parents when he was thirteen, and for the last ten years his brother, Mac, eight years his senior, has taken care of him. But Mac’s love came at a price. Both brothers were raised to believe being gay was completely unacceptable, and Branson has almost convinced himself he can be what Mac expects. When he looks at a man in a bar and Mac notices, Mac drags him off in horror.
Mac’s distress and disgust leads to a car accident that leaves Branson injured and Mac in a coma. Branson heals and stays at Mac’s bedside, but when Mac doesn’t recover, he is moved to a long-term care facility. There, Branson meets openly gay, confident, and attractive Liam Sullivan. Liam stirs feelings Branson thought he’d rid himself of, and to honor his brother, Branson fights tooth and nail against his attraction. When the cost of denying who he is becomes too high, Branson must battle a lifetime of hatred that’s been beaten into his body and mind to try for something of his own.
This was a hard review for me to write because I started reading For Mac truly excited and wanting to love it. After all, I’d really enjoyed Ray of Sunlight by the same author. I didn’t hate this book, but I certainly didn’t love it either.
To start with the first several pages are pure info dump explaining what happened in the past regarding the Farrell brothers, Mac and Branson. This didn’t help me connect to the characters or the plot because it was presented in such a plain, unemotional way. I would think there could’ve a better way to explain their past through dialogue.
After the info dump we got into an argument between Bran and Mac regarding Bran being gay. Bran loved his brother because Mac raised him after the death of his parents. However, I certainly didn’t love Mac, or even like him. In the past he’d reacted badly to the thought of Bran being gay, leading to verbal abuse and an instance of physical abuse. Mac is so homophobic he screams at his brother while driving home. His distracted driving leads to a bad accident.
Bran is okay after the injury but Mac ends up in a coma. Bran’s repressed sexuality doesn’t fare any better because, of course, he blames himself for the accident and is insistent that he isn’t gay, or even if he is, that he isn’t going to act on it. His vow weakens when he becomes friends with Mac’s nurse, the sexy and openly gay, Liam Sullivan.
Because of the somewhat dull delivery and telling not showing, it took me a long time, almost half the book, before I really connected to the characters and cared about Bran and Liam’s relationship. Even then there were times where important scenes were presented rather dully.
Here’s a line from a scene where Branson finally admits to himself he has feelings for Liam.
Branson thought he probably loved Liam, was pretty sure he did.
It just didn’t feel romantic to me, And this should’ve been a huge scene. Bran is having an epiphany, but instead I felt nothing at all.
The book had a good plot, I just don’t think it was presented in the best possible way. It’s written in third person point of view and mostly in Bran and Liam’s head. However, there instances of being in the heads of Bran’s friends. I didn’t see a purpose to those scenes at all.
There were a lot of good things in the book. I liked Liam, though at times his dialect was annoying, and I really liked his family. When I finally did connect to Branson it was good and I loved seeing him get his happily ever after.
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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