Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
At times I really liked this book. But at other times I really didn’t. So this is a mixed review for me, because I will try to highlight both as I am a fan of Mr. Witt’s books but this one was a disappointment.
Randall disinherited himself from the family fortune so that they couldn’t/wouldn’t run his life any longer. Guess what? He works to pay the bills and they still control his life.
Noah was just as bipolar as Randall. Except he spent his life as the son of missionaries and part of his adult life as one. Until his father died and he left it all behind. He hints that he no longer believes, but it is never explored at all.
There is a lot that is never explored.
Randall and Noah knew each other as teens and had a quick dalliance with each other before Noah was gone again on a missionary trip with his family. Fate brings them back together and while Noah pretty much had been waiting for that to happen, Randall is thrown for a loop. Randall’s feelings toward it rang more true. Noah was just completely accepting of the fact that all of a sudden there is Randall again. So of course they should get back together and live happily ever after. Really? People grow and change a lot in 20 years.
While I really enjoyed the relationship that Randall had with his niece, that is the strong hold his family had on him. Tow the line or you don’t see her anymore. I just felt it was ridiculous. Are parents really that controlling when you are an adult? Maybe, but to me that just shows how weak you are. I am speaking of not only Randall, but his brother and his sister in law who happens to be his best friend.
Anyway, back to the “romance”. I didn’t feel that there was any. It was kind of just accepted that they would be back together, the end. I wanted Noah to woo Randall. To be romantic. To show why they should be together, not just accept it as fact. I did like how Noah stood up to Randall’s parents, though. See why I am so wishy washy with this review? Loved this, hated that.
Previous books by Brandon Witt really hit me and left me thinking what a great book I just read. I almost couldn’t wait to write the reviews because I wanted everyone to read the books. This one….meh.
Cover art by Anne Cain is perfect for the story.
Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon
ebook, 284 pages
Expected publication: July 11th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634773128 (ISBN13: 9781634773126)