The Step-Brother by Alex Carreras ~ Book Review by Zane

ts-ac-450-675-compressed1Title: The Step-Brother

Author: Alex Carreras

Publisher: Luminosity Publishing LLP

Cover Artist: Poppy Designs

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/22/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance


When Fletcher Crawford returns to his hometown of Sarasota, Florida from New York City, he feels like a total and complete failure. At his mother’s insistence, he applies and consequently gets a job at Ericson Industries as a managerial assistant/slave boy for a woman who seems to be out to get him for no apparent reason. The only perk of the job, besides the paycheck, is being able to work closely with his high school nemesis who also happens to be his high school crush … and future stepbrother. Of all the people his mother could marry, why did it have to be the father of Erik Ericson who grew up to be super successful, have the looks of a Greek god, and is basically running his father’s company while he is making wedding plans with Fletcher’s mother?

But one thing remained the same after all these years, Erik was still a dick… A dick Fletcher wouldn’t mind getting to know better.

Reader Advisory: This book contains steamy sex scenes between two men with stellar bodies. Consider yourself warned.

My View:

At first, I’d thought this would be another “taboo” romance, but it wasn’t. Despite the title of the book, the characters are not yet step-brothers, though they will be when their parents soon marry. Despite not being what I’d expected, the book still intrigued me.

And while the book had a lot of potential, it was still very rough. The overall story was decent and had promise, but it wasn’t ready yet. It needed a lot more work, developmentally. In fact, the story read like a rough draft, the beginning of what could’ve been a really good book.

The story is very rushed, with arguments and conflicts happening and being resolved within one or two chapters. None of the characters are fleshed out, though they all have seeds of potential. With some more work and a longer story, they all could’ve been fleshed out into real people, rather than cookie cutters.

On top of the developmental issues, there were a lot of technical issues as well. Missing punctuation, extra punctuation, awkwardly worded sentences, and other mistakes made the book difficult to get immersed into. It needed a good line editing and proofreading, on top of the developmental editing.

Most of the points were knocked off because of the editing mistakes. The author needs a good beta reader to help him flesh his story out, then a good editor to really polish it up. As I was reading through this, I wondered if the publisher had used an editor at all, since it really didn’t seem like it.

But the seed of the story was good, so I still gave it a three-star rating. The cover art was also mediocre, but not horrible.  I’ll keep an eye on the author, but I’m hesitant to consider anything from Luminosity Publishing again if this is the quality of book they’re putting their name on.


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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.

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