A Stella Review: Relationship Material by Jenya Keefe

RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

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.

I picked this new release cause from the blurb I understood it wasn’t going to be an easy reading, I usually prefer easy and simply stories, I need them to brighten my real life. Still once in a time I want novels like Relationship Material by Jenya Keefe, with characters and plots that break my heart and leave me sobbing. So be aware this is not a light story. <spoiler>There’s a mention of rape too</spoiler>.

That said, although more than once I had to breath and make a pause, I quickly finished the book, I fell into Evan and Mal lives from the beginning and throughout the whole story I wanted to hug both of them and shelter them from the heavy pasts they carried on their shoulders, too heavy for anyone, most of all for someone so young. I saw not just how much they were hurting, I saw how brave they were: Evan to try and live a normal life, the same life that was taken from him since he was a child, the same life he’s trying to rebuilt with a new name, in a new city, with a lovely dog by his side. The same city his sister (and her best friend Mal) is now living in. He took a lot of courage for Evan to let her approach him after so many years spent apart. And then I saw how brave Mal was too, first of all to recognise real love and then to fight for it, although Evan was maybe not so ready yet to trust a stranger.

Relationship Material is a beautiful story, one I feel to recommend, it’s packed with love and tears, but the ending part was so worth it. Plus the writing is superb, I was sucked into each word till the end, I really can’t wait to read more by this new to me author.

The cover art by LC Chase is well done, I like it.

Sales Links:  Riptide Publishing | Amazon


ebook, 215 pages

Published August 5th 2019 by Riptide Publishing

ISBN13 9781626498792

Edition Language English

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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