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review 2018-10-01 01:22
ARC Review: Hard Truths by Alex Whitehall
Hard Truths - Alex Whitehall

On one hand, this book was less superficial than I expected, considering the blurb. I love the fake boyfriend trope, and I was looking forward to a fun book. While there was lots of humor, the depth within surprised me.

On the other hand, I would have liked to repeatedly smack Isaac over the head, not only for continuing to hide Logan being his boyfriend, but also for not realizing that family isn't always determined by blood, especially when your parents are homophobic racist jerks. 

I think what bothered me the most is that Isaac often sounded much younger than I was told he is, especially when he's around his parents, and that he was too blind to realize that he was hurting Logan, and his friends, with his ridiculous stance. While I could understand his fears, those fears blinded him to what he already has, and he only saw what he stood to lose. He lives a couple of hours away from his parents, and he's out to everyone in his life, except for them. But every time he goes home, it is very clear that not only does he not like his parents, especially his father, but he also mocks and ridicules them. And thus I couldn't for the life of me understand what was stopping him from telling them to shove it and tell them who he truly is. 

The romance is definitely whirlwind, much like the blurb promises, and there is hot sex and cheesy puns, and I believed that both Isaac and Logan had feelings for each other. They have a lot in common, and the growth in their relationship felt realistic to me given the timeframe of this book. 

I guess Isaac still needed to grow up. And I guess he does by book's end; he just leaves a whole lot of hurt in his wake that could have been avoided, had he been more emotionally mature. 

The entire book is written from Isaac's POV, so we don't get a whole lot of true insights to Logan, and Isaac's friends, since his view is somewhat skewered and distorted though his lens. The humor was fun (not cheesy, really), and outside of Isaac's behavior with his parents, I did like him as a person. He's kind and considerate to others - just emotionally stunted. Which is likely a result of his upbringing, but I didn't see the same in his sister, and she grew up in the same emotionally stunted home. 

I liked the writing style, and I'm definitely going to check out more books by this author. 


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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review 2018-09-30 05:41
Hardest
Hard Truths - Alex Whitehall

Isaac meets Logan at Christmas, as his sister's boyfriend.  Talk about your forbidden choices.  He will just have to put what he wants aside.  He does not believe he is worthy of a great relationship.

 

Logan has no problem telling Isaac he wants him.  He is only doing a friend a favor.  Their attraction is obvious to anyone who looks at them together.  

 

The characters had an obvious connection.  The sparks definitely fly around them being together.  Very realistic, with a slower pace than I expected.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2016-12-31 00:00
A Christmas for Oscar
A Christmas for Oscar - Alex Whitehall A Christmas for Oscar - Alex Whitehall Not for me. Editing issues, an anti-Christmas plot, unlikeable characters. Just not the story or author for me.
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review 2016-05-15 00:00
Second Skin
Second Skin - Alex Whitehall Book – Second Skin
Author – Alex Whitehall
Star rating - ★★★★☆
No. of Pages – 90

Cover – Nice!
POV – 3rd person, singular POV
Would I read it again – Yes.

Genre – LGBT, Supernatural, Contemporary, College


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **


Okay, so this was totally not what I was expecting, but in a good way.

I'm a sucker for a college romance, especially when it involves geeks. This one didn't disappoint. Jay and Roswell were such awesome characters, both with their quirks, flaws and problems. Together, they made a really cute couple, with some off the charts chemistry. But, forget about the 18+ sexy stuff, because this story didn't need it. What it had in abundance was chemistry, romance and sweet, geek love.

The chapter headings and break images made for a really sweet (and geeky) presentation of a story that fits the same labels.

The plot twist was a surprise, but a great one and I won't ruin it by saying what it was. I just love how it explored a side of Jay that we hadn't seen yet and showed how even people who face prejudice can feel it towards others, without realising that it's lying dormant within them. Sure, Jay figure it all out eventually, but the shock was that he was capable of such a thing. The great part was watching him work through it, come to the truth and see the inevitable conclusion for himself.

Jay and Roswell are a match made in heaven. I love them. I wish there had been more and, for that and a few strange turns of phrase, I can't make this the wallop of a 5 star it could have been. Still, it's a 4 star spectacular, fun ride.
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review 2016-04-02 08:22
Second Skin
Second Skin - Alex Whitehall

Beebs' Review

 

Jay and Roswell were both sweet, loved them as characters and as a couple.

I loved the way Roswell was so accepting of Jay but I didn't really like the way Jay reacted when Roswell revealed his own secret. I just thought it was a little extreme from someone who had been considered a freak all his life.

The twist was unexpected but IMHO the book was too short and needed to be longer to fully explore the issues between these two. Maybe there's a follow up planned, I don't know but Jay and Roswell's story doesn't feel finished to me, HFN rather than HEA.

*Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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