959 Brenton Street (Men of Falcon Pointe: Book One) by Thianna Durston ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

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Author: Thianna Durston

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/20/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Men of Falcon Pointe: Book One

Trent Farnsworth moves to Falcon Pointe to get as far away from his controlling family and religion as he can. While his conservative upbringing makes it hard for Trent to admit he’s gay, he accidentally outs himself in front of his four new roommates. None of the men living at 959 Brenton Street are what the world would consider normal, but all four accept him for who he is. And when Trent falls for his much older landlord, Dr. Cory Venerin, he’s as surprised as anyone, but discovering Cory feels the same makes Trent realize he’s truly in the right place at the right time.

Until he tells his family he’s gay. His father uses any resource at his disposal to destroy him, including Trent’s love for Cory. As his father schemes to send Trent to a hospital whose sole purpose is to rip the gay out of him, Cory battles to save not only Trent—but also the possibility of a future together.

My View:

I have put off writing this review for about a week now. I was hoping to words would magically come to me. I was hoping the book would suddenly morph into something completely different of which I could sing the praises. I was hoping the review would write itself. Mainly, I am not sure I want to revisit 959 Brenton Street anytime soon, much less to write the review.

From a purely technical perspective, this story is fairly sound. There are interesting characters, decently thought out plots, and well a described setting. There is an audience for this book. There are readers out there that will love it from start to finish.

Unfortunately, for me there was entirely too much “What the fuck?” involved in this story for me to take it seriously. It was almost trying too hard to be accepting of everything and everyone.

Every person in the house is on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Every person has their quirks. They are open about them and tell practical strangers intimate details about themselves upon first meeting. Some people could have intriguing stories ahead of them. I am just not sure I care.

Then there is the discipline. Maybe such houses exist. Maybe people are into that. However, it was just a little too weird for me. Also, it didn’t jive with the rest of the story at all. Each “discipline” scene felt forced and out of sync with the characters and the plot. Maybe it was because the discipline aspect was a complete surprise. Maybe it was because it was not part of an otherwise BDSM relationship and involved more than just the love interests. It was all just a bit offputting.

Speaking of off-putting. The religious aspect of the plot was almost too much. Yes, there are people who zealots. Yes, Trent’s family is one of those families. Yes, this happens every day. However, the focus on his religion made Trent very one dimensional in my eyes.

Okay so let’s get to the main couple in this installment of what I assume is going to be a series. Trent and Cory. I just never got them as a couple. I never understood why Trent would want Cory. Maybe it goes back to the fact that the discipline skeeved me out. Not entirely sure.

This story had me off balance start to finish. I am not opposed to reading another story by Durston, but this series will not be for me.

Links

959 Brenton Street (Men of Falcon Pointe: Book One) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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