We’ve heard about Jesse and Ian in the first books of the series. They are the mods of Kai’s Twitch channel. The two work well together but they have never met in real life. FallenCon changes that and things quickly get heated between them.
And then my problems with this book started; Ian is not using his real name online and Jesse flips his shit when he finds out that mod Cherrycakes is not a girl but instead a sexy male artist. Sure, Ian should probably have told him sooner that he is Cherrycakes, i.e. Jesse’s co-mod, but the whole thing made it seem as if Jesse had a problem with the concept of someone not wanting to show their true identity in an online world. I mean, really? That’s what people do. It’s called trying to stay safe!
Ian has apparently had some serious, nasty stuff happen to him as a child. He doesn’t trust people in the real world and uses different personas when entering that world to protect himself. His past experiences has led him to believe no one wants to see or know the real Ian. No one until Jesse. They start building something of an online relationship and both start opening up to each other.
And up comes my next issue with Jesse’s behaviour; he keeps pushing Ian to be himself. Telling him he doesn’t need to hide behind a different persona only to later on tell Ian he doesn’t need to keep the personas separate from his true self because they are part of his personality. I just didn’t get that part – is it a persona Ian can just drop if he chooses, or is it an integral part of his personality? Make up your mind, Jesse.
Quite possibly I just lack the knowledge of human psychology to follow here, but it sure did confuse and annoy me.
The ending, sweet as it was, was a little rushed to me. Ian seemed to overcome most of his issues rather suddenly.
All in all, I did like Ian and Jesse quite a lot but I couldn’t help focusing on the negatives so I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first ones in the series.
I loved this book so much.
This series has been perfection so far. I fell in love with this writing duo with book one and by book three, I know I want them to co-write books forever. I'll take anything they give us and beg for more if I have to.
There were times I was a little frustrated and times I was pissed as hell (I'm looking at one character when I say that) and those emotions just made this more enjoyable.
Jesse and Ian were cute together and sweet and made me feel all mushy inside. It was nice to see them get it together with their relationship. But I also liked that it took effort and compromise and love. It wasn't all fixed after they had sex and love didn't fix anyone. But there was growth and development.
And Ian. Ian was... I related to him in so many ways and I felt his struggles. It was so nice to read a character I could see a bit of myself in and is one of the reasons I love this book as much as I did.
Now I'm going to wait impatiently patiently for the next book.
Alec does not want to find his best friend's girl attractive. Lately it has been so much more. Now, they share a secret. Will it help or hurt the already tense situation?
Katia AKA Kat knows her time is almost up with her boyfriend. She only keeps men around to avoid getting lonely. Alec offers more, even dreams of a future. If she can be brave maybe the future is already here.
Started off slow, but then got going so well I was not sure how to react. This story is what most would call a slow burn. I love the heat, heart, and humor. These characters are some I would love to see again. Loved how such a tense subject was handled. I cannot wait to read more in the Bowler University series! I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!