I wanted to love this story, and on some levels I did. In the end, however, I encountered a few too many issues that pulled me out of Colin and Matt’s world.
Author: Kade Boehme
Publisher: Loose ID
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Will Cooper is a Deputy in the Sheriff’s office of Western Washington’s coastal Gray’s Harbor County. While searching for a stolen vehicle, he gets lost and meets Colin Sharpe who’s a member of the local Native American tribe. The two are attracted to one another but after a run-in with some tribe teenagers that ends in bad blood between the sheriff’s department, Will and Colin’s father, the two can’t think of worse people to get involved with.
When Colin’s father and the tribal council wage a war against Will in the form of a lawsuit with some nasty allegations from a troubled teenager, Colin and Will must face the reality that they have no future. But after running into each other in a more neutral environment, they decide to throw caution to the wind and get each other out of their systems. What was supposed to be one night turns into an affair that neither sees having a happy outcome.
Will’s been hurt by falling for the wrong man before. Can he and Colin put aside the tribe’s prejudices and make a stand for love?
Sometimes a story I adore will suffer from “outside forces” that will, ultimately, lower my rating and overall enjoyment of said story. However, those “outside” forces, aren’t. When a story is published, especially through an established publisher, there is a whole team of individuals that have had their hands in the pie, so to speak, before the story makes it to publication. There is the author, the beta readers, a team of editors and the proofreader. Each one has a job to do. When a story comes through all that and is still riddled with issues, you have to wonder where the ball dropped. Ultimately, it is the author whose name is on the front cover and the book itself that must be held accountable.
I often see reviewers pride themselves on being able to “overlook editing mistakes” to look to the story itself. While I can, to an extent, do that in the end it will often lower my opinion of the story as a whole. When the mistakes are few and relatively minor such as a typo here, a misspelling there, overlooking the mistakes is second nature. When the author does a 180 degree turn in his character profile for BOTH the main characters from one chapter to the next, that is harder to overlook. When your mind is already reeling over that mistake, other mistakes begin to jump out at you as you read the rest of the story. Each time you encounter a sentence that has an extra word or phrase, that should have been removed or is left over from a re-wording, it pulls you out of the author’s world. Every time the word is misspelled… Every time a word omitted… Every questionable word choice… Every mistake is magnified…
He hadn’t realized how badly realized he’d needed the words, the hope.
There are some very beautiful moments and some beautiful words in Where the World Ends.
He didn’t realize until he’d backed out of the driveway and was leaving Will’s house for the last time just how much he’d miss that little piece of earth and that man who made everything calm and everything quiet.
There are powerful moments
“…Looking back there is pretty bleak when you’ve held promise in your hands.”
There are funny moments
“Is this really the time to comment on my lack of vocabulary in emotional moments? This communication thing is new to me. ‘Your ass is so tight’ is the extent of my sharing.”
There is also a beautiful message of overcoming intolerance and standing up for what you know is right.
“Chris, the man is even still protecting whatever secret you have. He refuses to let the attorneys use it in court and is trying to keep the tribe from being able to use it against him in court.”
In the end, however, the beauty of the story was relegated to the background.
Being a published author isn’t a privilege or a right. It is work, and I am sad to see a entire team of people who obviously, did not take that work seriously enough. Rushing to publish, rushing to meet a deadline is a disservice to the author and the work. In the end, it is both the reader and the genre as a whole that suffer.
I would like to thank LooseID for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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