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Posted May 2, 2014
The title of this book is very appropriate as the journey to HEA proves difficult for two men struggling to balance the drama of real life and love. From the first page to the last theirs is an emotionally draining story where their happiness is in doubt to the very end....
Jeff and Brad have had a tumultuous relationship with a few break-ups along the way. But just when things start to look up for them Jeff's ex-wife deals an unexpected blow to their recommitment that once again has them struggling to decide what's most important to them and just how much fight they have left in them. Brad is a truly understanding man, the one who always compromises, and I felt sympathetic towards him as he was the one often left out in the cold behind Jeff's work, his ex-wife, and the child soon to be born. He was drawn to Jeff against all he knew to be true about where he stood but still fought to keep them together. He even wanted to go to a couples counselor which was nixed by Jeff too. He was willing to put forth the effort in their relationship whereas Jeff just let things happen. Jeff wanted to have everything his way and expected Brad to be there whenever he could find the time for him. I was especially disappointed by his interlude with his ex-wife, even though he and Brad were on a break. It felt like a betrayal as he had no care for the possible ramifications of their encounter. He wanted to bury his problems instead of dealing with then head-on like Brad and it wasn't until the very end that I felt his commitment to Brad.
Their HEA still feels uncertain, to me at least, and I hope future installments will revisit these lovers to see how they're fairing. It's clear that their connection is strong on a physical level as is seen by their numerous steamy encounters. It's outside the bedroom that they struggled and that forced them to put forth the effort to be together. In this struggle it was especially nice that Brad had the support of couples seen in previous Tucker Springs books as he was often on his own. It was inspirational seeing such compatible couples still together and gave Brad hope. From start to finish this was an emotionally draining read that left me exhausted and frustrated at times. The characters, especially Jeff and his ex-wife Christine, might not have acted as I wish they would have but I was still fully immersed in the story's outcome and applaud Ms. Witt's not taking the easy way out in depicting Brad and Jeff's relationship.
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Posted May 30, 2014
I usually love LA witt books and I really enjoy the tucker springs series, saying that I thought this book was just so-so, I don't know if it was the back and forth manner of the book or what. However, it did leave me wanting a little more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2014
It's Complicated, L.A.Witt.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
My second visit to Tucker Springs, and it was great to see more of Nathan and Ryan, I loved their story. So – what a nightmare for any couple, when one partner finds out he's made his ex pregnant, from a one night, impetuous fling when they were on a break....but when your partner is another man just think how he feels. Poor Brad is so in love with Jeff, but they seem to be in a rut of rows, breaks and reconciliations. He's already jealous of Jeff's ex Christine, they share a business and have to work long hours, and lets be honest – who wouldn't have that momentary doubt in that situation, even if you do think you trust the other person...then poor Brad's worst nightmare comes true with the news of the baby. He's insecure already, Jeff won't commit yet to marriage or adoption with him, and yet Christine has had the marriage, though they’re now divorced, and with a child on the way there's another tie to her that makes him feel further down the list of priorities.
They're a great couple and I really felt for Brad. He loves Jeff, but his jealousy is understandable to me....and then of course it seems as though its vindicated, just at the moment they're attempting a reconciliation. I felt Jeff could have been a bit more understanding – he seemed to feel that Brads jealousy was unfounded, and it appeared to irritate him when it was mentioned, but anyone working long hours, often into early morning, would create friction with a partner. Then Christine says she's moving to Denver to be closer to her family. That leaves Jeff to decide if ferrying a child back and forth is a solution, something both are worried might prove difficult for them and the child, and which still leaves him with even more time restraints. It means he'll be working even longer hours covering Christine's time too, and already his hours are a source of friction, or should he move himself and the business closer. Where does that leave Brad though – feeling lower down the line than ever :-( Jeff won't seek professional help though Brad's keen for them to see a counsellor, he feels it will help them sort out the problems they already have, let alone this new hiccup. Jeff is adamant he doesn't trust them, tried that with Christine and he feels that made they situation worse. I think he's being really unfair, and his intransigence doesn't help reassure Brad that he's a priority. You can say all you like that you love someone but when there are problems action is needed too, and only Brad is willing to take that it seems.
Its a story full of questions to which there don't seem to be answers, whichever way they move someone is going to be left unhappy. I puzzled over different solutions but couldn't come up with any if things stayed as they were, but L.A. As always finds an answer that fits perfectly and though its hard work everyone is happy.
Stars: Four, great read. I was a little edgy after the pregnant ex angle but its a one night, unintended time, when they were both stressed after working late and he and Brad were on a break so not cheating as such. Though that adds to some books, there were already enough problems for them to deal with and that really would have been a step to far IMO.
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