Author: Cat Blaine
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/15/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
James O’Brien is having a horrible day. He’s dropped his car off at a repair place in a bad part of town. While he’s there minding his own business he ends up in a bar room brawl with a mouthy homophobic thug.
Officer Scott Brown is the sexy, kind cop who arrives on the scene. He can tell immediately that while James is a geek, but he isn’t a criminal, and is most likely just a nice guy caught up in a bad situation. The two of them have an immediate attraction and when Officer Brown gives James a ride home…things heat up.
The blurb for this one piqued my interest. I am a sucker for a cute, geeky character. I’m also a fan of books that include characters with children, since it usually adds another layer of depth to the story beyond the standard two guys screwing. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the blurb.
The majority of the book was dialog, with very little description or internal thoughts to help us paint a clear picture of what’s going on. Instead, we’re left to fill in the blanks ourselves, which leaves us with a rather empty scene. Just when we get a paragraph or two of actual narrative, we’re back in endless pages of dialog.
All of the backstory is told through dialog. We learn everything about the two main characters as they sit and tell it all to each other. This came across as an information dump which is a boring and distracting way to give the reader information. It was bland and gave me very little reason to keep reading, though I did decide to plow through it.
Then we got to the story’s conflict, which was even worse than the lack of any type of real description. James, the Geek of the story, flipped his shit, when Scott, the cop, looked into his background. Scott had a three year old son to think about when he’s bringing home a possible love interest. Yet James goes full on temper tantrum because Scott dared to look into James’s past.
It was over the top and unrealistic. It’s actually pretty unbelievable that a guy would freak out that much unless he actually had some deep, dark past he was trying to hide, which he didn’t. It left me going WTF and wondering what the author was thinking when they wrote this book.
There really wasn’t much redeeming about this book. I’d never read a book by Cat Blaine before, nor one from Evernight Publishing. I’m not sure if a lot of the problems came from an inexperienced author or just a publisher with low standards, but I’ll be cautious on both fronts in the future.
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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