A BJ Review: Just a Bit Confusing (Straight Guys #5) by Alessandra Hazard

Rating:  3.75 stars out of 5

Just a Bit ConfusingBest friends, inseparable since childhood, one in love with the other, the other straight and in love with a woman.

Stories like this don’t have a happy ending; James Grayson knows it. He puts on a smile, he laughs, he jokes, and he pretends he’s fine when Ryan kisses his girlfriend in front of him—until he can’t.

Except nothing is easy and letting go turns out to be much harder than one might think. Some bonds are too strong to be broken, even for a straight man. And sometimes love and desire can have different faces and layers.

A story of two men trying to function without each other and failing.

I’m not a huge contemporary reader, but this has been one of my fav contemporary series ever since the first book came out. I’ve devoured and enjoyed each and every one, some a bit more than others, but none that I’d hesitate for a second to highly recommend. When I began reading this story, I thought for about the first 25% or so that I may have ran into the first book I couldn’t so heartily recommend.

Why didn’t the beginning grab me, I keep asking myself. There seemed to be a lot more ‘telling’ in this than in prior books for one thing. Also there are some strange POV such as a section from a waitress who we never see again in the story. I realize it was to give an outside overview of the characters, but perhaps that could have been done using a character integral to the series like Luke or Zach maybe? Just a thought. A few of the scene jumps at the beginning confused me, and while I adored Tristan and Zach later in this book, when initially introduced, they didn’t seem like the guys I remembered much.

Once the story took off for me, it was as hot as I’ve come to expect from this author. Lots of UST. Revisiting with Zach and Tristan was fun, and I enjoyed how their relationship had progressed and how Tristan grew in this one. The exploration of the relationships between Tristan, James, and Arthur definitely lived up to my hopes for the story. And while I liked both of the main characters, I did tend to think Ryan was just too stupid for words at times. The way he could not let go thinking of James as a baby brother, despite that he was a friend who was just a month younger than him, seemed strange to me and got to be annoying. Which didn’t mean that I wasn’t chomping at the bit for him to finally wise up as, yeah, those two together had chemistry for sure.

By the end, I was completely and totally hooked back on this series. The set up for the next book, Luke’s story, is killer! I can hardly wait to read that one.

This cover is a bit hard to read (image-wise) at a smaller size and thus is not an immediate grabber. But sort of like the story, it grew on me.

Sales Links:   Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:  

Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published December 16th 2015 by Alessandra Hazard
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series Straight Guys with links to BJ’s reviews:

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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