My rating: ❤❤ of 5!
For the first time ever, it’s taken me this long time to finish a book. We’re not talking days. We’re not talking weeks. No. It’s literally taken me months. I picked this book up on the 15th of April this year, and within 36 hours I’d read 79% of the book. Then a few new releases I’d been waiting for hit the Amazon shelves and, I pushed this book to the back of my mind – I didn’t even forget about it, nope! I purposefully pushed it further and further down my reading queue. Every time I went to borrow a new book from Kindle Unlimited, I saw this in my library and thought about picking it back up, but something held me back. Until today that is. Today I went to borrow two different K.U. books, saw this one again and my own personal version of Jiminy Cricket nagged me into picking the book back up and finishing it. Which I did, 83 days after downloading it, but still I finished it (told you I suck at DNF’ing books).
After I finished it I sat down to write the review, which proves to be harder than I thought it would be. I remember the plot clearly, so that’s not my struggle. My struggle is figuring out why I had such a hard time finishing the book. I mean, if I’d really loved it I probably would have finished it about 80 days ago. So, the fact that it’s taken me so long have to mean something, right?
Jack Kelly. Driven. Volatile. Lonely. He grew up believing that some kinds of love are just wrong…
“No Kelly has ever been worth a damn in this town until me. But the money? I can’t talk to it, I can’t f*ck it, and believe me, it’s a damn cold bed partner to wake up next to.”
Dylan Smith. Sensual. Nurturing. Bisexual. He sees nothing wrong with enjoying the pleasures in life…
“Just let yourself go. It’s okay to let me love you. To let both of us love you.”
Cate MacMillan. Curvy. Smart. Frustrated. She’s ready to shake off her insecurities and stop denying herself…
“No one else has ever made me feel like this. Wanton. Shameless. Free.”
Three friends who grew up together…
Their childhoods were shaped by one man, their resentments fueled by two misunderstandings, and all three will be pulled back into each other’s lives by a loss that affects them all. What they’ll find together isn’t what any of them expects… but it might be exactly what each of them needs.
Reading the blurb again I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, that I didn’t love a book where one of the descriptive words for the FMC is “curvy”. The guys get words like driven, volatile, sensual and bisexual. Cate gets curvy, smart and frustrated. I mean sure, if someone asks me to describe how someone looks, I might use words like curvy. However, to describe characters to readers I don’t see how that’s a necessary word. But then again, after reading the book I can vouch that there’s no doubt that Cate is curvy. If I’d made the book a drinking game, like do a shot every time “curvy” is used, I would have to drink so much that even frat boys would have a hard time keeping up. And that’s just from the last 20% of the book.
Anyway, what the blurb doesn’t (and maybe should) mention is that Cate, Jack and Dylan didn’t actually grow up together. But what they all had in common was a special guy that helped them realise their potential, accepting themselves as well as each other. Who’s this guy? Cate’s grandpa, Sully. Sully had a knack for helping people, of all ages and all social ranks which is why it’s hard blow when he passes away. As a final act of wisdom, he leaves his house to all three of them. Jack, Cate and Dylan now each own 1/3 of Sully’s land.
Jack, comes from a family of Catholic nobodies. With the religion being drilled into him ever since he was a kid, he had a very hard time accepting Dylan’s bisexuality when they were teenagers. Which left a huge dent in their otherwise close friendship. Cate and Jack was never really close because, he assumed she like her mother was a too-good-for-anyone-else snob. In present time Jack is a successful lawyer, the first of his family to make a name for himself. Instead of being proud, his parents treat him as their own personal ATM.
Dylan is kind of the golden boy. He comes from a poor but loving home. His mother loves and supports him. So, in that way Dylan never really needed Sully for anything but help to point him in which professional direction his talents could lead him. But at the same time, Dylan did suffer when Jack pushed him away due to his sexual preference (or is it lack thereof when you swing both ways?).
Cate has a really bad relationship with her mother who’s favourite past time activity seems to be to tear her daughter down. It’s mentioned over and over that Cate is shy and therefore, can’t stick up for herself and instead let her mother use her as her own personal boxing bag.
The lack of friendship between Cate and Jack when they were teenagers, is mostly down to zero communication and their individual lack of self esteem. Cate thought that Jack was too hot for her, which I do get. I mean when your mother calls you fat all the time, it must be hard to believe anyone could find you attractive.
So, when all three of them learn that Sully left them his house, Cate and Dylan moves in and while Jack stays in his apartment, all three of them starts to mend the fences that were broken all those years ago.
What I disliked the most is that Cate’s supposed shyness seems to be situational, as in when it fits the plot – or involves mother dearest, she’s shy. Personally, I would say what weak would have described it better, but whatever. Because when it comes to sexy times, or putting herself out there to get a new career going, she’s not shy at all. Which doesn’t really make much sense.
The second thing is the MMF, that is a wee bit misleading. MFM would have been a better description, considering that there’s hardly any sword crossing going on, if ya know what I mean *wink wink nudge nudge*
In the interest of being fair, if I used half hearts for rating, this book would probably be close to 2,5 hearts. However, seeing as I don’t 2 hearts is all this book is going to get from me.
Have you read this book or anything like it? Comment and let me know!