Right Back Where (Welcome to Alvarado, Bk 1) by C.E. Kilgore ~ Book Review by Queue

RightTitle: Right Back Where (Welcome to Alvarado, Bk 1)

Author: C.E. Kilgore

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/17/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Sam’s ended up right back where he started – the small Texas town he swore he’d never step foot in again after making fast tracks to SMU. He’s not the young, gay kid he was when he left. He has a music degree now, with no job and is about to lose his dorm room… Shit.

When an old friend has him coming back to where he started, Sam struggles to deal with old memories and an unexpected reality. Things in Alvarado aren’t exactly how he remembers them, and neither is his arch nemesis Cody Greene.

When the two men get stuck together by a promise, the hated memories that Sam’s bitterly held onto for five years begin to unravel. When the dust settles, Sam and Cody have to decide if they can let go of the past to build a future.

My View:

Stories about a gay man returning to the small town he grew up in hit close to home so I was excited to read this one. Add in the fact it involves one of my favorite tropes—enemies to lovers. Unfortunately the author’s writing style didn’t do it for me and the the fact the enemies to lovers theme wasn’t really used to full effect and the story didn’t work for me.

To begin with the story is written in present tense. Pretense tense can be written well but it’s not easy. Here it just ended up pulling me out of the story most of the time because I kept paying attention to the tense instead of the stories and the characters.

Sam comes back to the town he grew up in to visit his favorite teacher, who he stayed in close contact with, and is shocked to learn she has died. He has friends in town, but there’s also his alcoholic father and Cody, his childhood bully. Cody is also the son of Sam’s teacher. As part of Cody’s mother’s will, Cody and Sam have live together in the same house for 8 days.

First of all…mayor eye roll with the will. It’s a contrived and unrealistic scenario and extremely overdone in books and movies. The author could’ve worked a little harder to find a way to get these guys in close proximity.

Second of all…it took the guys like two days to fall in love because, I guess, they’d been in love with each other for years. Really? Cody was in love with Sam while they were young and stayed in love with him even though he was gone for years. That’s something that only happens in real life.

This book just didn’t work for me, but I think there are lots of people who like, even love, the easy, insta-love and cheesy plot points.

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Links

Right Back Where (Welcome to Alvarado, Bk 1) on Goodreads
Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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