Relationship Material

Relationship Material

by Jenya Keefe


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It’s not always possible to meet in the middle.

Registered nurse Evan Doyle doesn’t consider himself fit for more than occasional hookups. He has a good life, but the emotional aftermath of a horrific crime makes him feel too damaged to date. So when his sister’s hot bestie, Malcolm Umbertini, comes on to him, he turns him down flat. Mal is Relationship Material: the kind who thinks in the long term. What would Evan do with a man like that?

As a prosecuting attorney, Mal’s learned how to read people, and he knows there’s more to Evan than meets the eye. Mal has faced his own hardships since his family kicked him out as a teen, and he respects Evan’s courage and emotional resilience. More than that, he wants Evan—in his bed and in his life. But can he weather another rejection?

Both wary, they agree to a no-strings fling. Mal knows that Evan wants things to stay casual, but he’s falling in love a little more with each encounter. With health, happiness, and bruised hearts on the line, Mal and Evan must risk everything for love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626499027
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 08/03/2019
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Relationship Material 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
There are some heavy issues covered in Relationship Material that took me by surprise. I was expecting more of a lighthearted read. The relationship between the twins was strange, especially the made up words. Perhaps that's what twins are like? I didn't get a feel for the attraction between the two MCs. Something felt off. In fact, the whole story kinda felt off to me.
amatate 9 months ago
First things first, this book is more angst-driven and intense than the blurb suggested and, as it stands at the time I am writing this review, the blurb is lacking a LOT of content warnings. If you do have triggers that include suicide, anxiety attacks, rape, or child prostitution, I urge you to take care of yourself and tread carefully. I’m often drawn to hurt-comfort romances because there’s so much potential for a strong emotional connection. Yes, you may see characters at their most vulnerable, but good stories also let you see the characters at their strongest. When it comes to the strong emotions, difficult experiences, and hard truths plus the sweet victories, Relationship Material delivered. And yet, something was missing. I felt for the horrendous things Evan endured, was saddened by the harsh experiences Malcolm had as a young adult, and celebrated when things went well for the two of them. However, I was never tethered to their story. I didn’t feel truly invested in their relationship, nor did I feel that magic growing between them. My disconnect was especially clear in that, as difficult as some of the subjects covered in Relationship Material were, I never felt the raw, emotional response I would expect from this style of hurt-comfort romance. That said, I appreciated the author’s honest portrayal of how trauma shapes a person’s responses, particularly regarding Evan’s comfort with sex and physical intimacy. Relationship Material doesn’t rest on the “love solves everything” platform. Instead, readers get to see characters work through their triggers, responses, and issues in order to create a healthy base for their relationship. I do wish the same care was extended to readers who may go into Relationship Material expecting a bit more lightness, rather than the angst-driven story that reflects on the impact trauma has on individuals and their future relationships. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
Anonymous 9 months ago
This story was exactly what I was looking for - all angst, anxiety, and new love as well as a HEA that made me audibly "awe." I loved Evan and his dog. His anxiety about his past and relationships felt real and I loved how strong he was despite that. One thing he made clear to Mal was he didn't want to be seen as a victim.Mal was a great, strong character too. His job put him in a position where he was able to help Evan with some answers about his situation and also empathize. He accepted Evan's limits without question, but was also able to share his feelings and needs too. Their discussions were amazingly honest.The secondary characters were well-rounded and the old folks at Evan's work were hilarious.
Truuss 9 months ago
Hmm, *a very content sigh* What a beautiful story this was. I couldn’t anticipate the fact that behind that title and cover a shining gem was hidden. Even the blurb didn’t do right to the beauty of this story, (sorry, I know blurbs are nightmares) For me, it was one emotional rollercoaster. An unbelievable good written story about slowly getting attached, emotional and physical, to life again, to let people in, to trust. Evan can’t believe his eyes when his sister Caroline stands before him. It was sixteen years ago since he disappeared, unwillingly. Very carefully he let her into his life. When he meets Car her best Mal, he recognizes the type of man. ‘Relationship Material’ so not what Evan can handle, ever! So far it seems a nice regular story. But don’t be fooled, it is from a whole different level. Evan has a past so hard when you get to know this, you will be flabbergasted. His present condition isn’t healthy at all and you'll understand! Mal his past isn’t nice either. He also has bad experiences with boyfriends. And that’s an understatement. Evan is not very approachable and Mal has to pull out all the stops. And oh boy there are some bittersweet encounters. What a story. With Mal as a counterbalance for all the overwhelming events in this story, the whole picture grew more and more into the gem it was. The description of little gestures, the attention to the little but oh so important body language made it all very intense. The hurt, the constantly distancing from good things was almost unbearable. Both Evan and Mal are engaging personalities. Very lovable, vulnerable and all well developed. Dulcie is Evan’s therapy dog and omg what a lovely well deserved part did she got in this story. The whole story was a solid, consistently written, very appealing journey. I was tethered to my sofa and couldn’t put this story down. It was all so very impressive. All those feelings! So I read and read until I finished it.