Phew. I skimmed the last 10% because...I was exhausted and just over this couple. This book unfortunately did not work for me.
This book is nearly 400 pages and compared to most MM books, that is about 150 pages too much. This one could have used the cut.
Overall, I was curious about this author. I have had conversations with her several times and she is a sweetheart. And for a first time novel, this one has its pros. But there is no doubt that a lot can be learned from this first one.
- Not every man in the book needs to be gay. I mean I love gay men but at some point good grief...I could use a straight character.
- The entire story does not need to be told. We went from hook up to quick relationship development to moving in to meeting families to engagement to bachelor party to wedding to honeymoon, to an epilogue...which did not close anything but brought up more storylines about other characters. It just becomes too much. Much of the last 50% of this book could have been reduced.
- While there was nothing overly irritating about these "Architects" there could be some improvements on what Architects actually do that would help readers like me avoid eye rolling. But for those who are not Architects, none of these items would matter to them at all.
- I love getting glimpses of couples that will be brought forth in future books but this was painful. Too many instances of "I wonder what is going on there" or "I'll have to ask him what happened" only to get more questions and no answers. Yes, I get books are coming but this is rather painful as a reader, especially when the couples that interest you are books away. Introduce these characters but avoid drawing them too much into the current story or risk irritating your reader and drawing away from the main couple too much. I found myself more interested in wanting these future books than I was about this couple.
- I wish there had been a Gay Romance Checklist of attributes, sexual positions, storylines, etc. attached to this book, because I think every box would be checked. We don't need everything. And the warning about Rape at the beginning was completely unnecessary because we never got anything more than "he was raped, beaten and stabbed". I assume when we finally get to this character's book we will get more. At least I hope so.
- There is no need to overuse a character's name repeatedly in conversation between 2 people. I am talking to you, I don't need to use your name. This became irritating because how often do you really use a person's name when you are having a conversation with them. Very little.
- Overall this couple was rather blah. There was no tension, no heartache, no dark past or anything. These were just 2 lovely men who loved each other. And we heard about it a lot. I just kinda lost interest.
Now all that said, will I continue? Yes. As I mentioned above, I am actually much more interested in these other couples who appear to have a little more grit to them than these characters did. Plus, I am eager to see how this author grows and develops. She has the abilities there is no doubt. I just hope she can structure her next book in a way that keeps me more engaged.