*This might be slightly spoilery so proceed at your own risk.*
This was certainly the case with this book. There was a lot that just didn't work for me on this but at the same time, there were some positives...mainly the Brothers.
While this, I guess, is a romance, I would probably equate this more about the brothers than about the relationship. And saying that, makes a lot of my issues easier to deal with.
Because, for me the issues were in how Rey was handled. He wasn't. This is a character who at a young age woke up to his house burning because his father attempted to kill he and his mother. After being saved, there is no explaination on how this character dealt with this and ultimately became a fire firefighter. Would there not have been any PTSD? Maybe not, and yet nothing is explained.
We were given Rey's POV but it was no where close to 50% of the book...my guess would be maybe 25%. This made the balance off for me, as I never really felt a connection to him or this relationship, again reiterating that this is a series about the brothers and not the couples.
While I loved Jules, the situation that occured after Rey and Gus broke up seemed not to bother Rey at all. And at some point it seemed that in the 3 years following this, neither man slept with anyone else? Maybe I read this wrong, but this seemed off to me. Rey's 180 degree switch in how he viewed Gus also seemed rather abrupt.
I have no concept of a time line, the age of all parties and when certain situations happened in relation to others. These boys came to live with each other at varying points but how this relates to certain moments in their lives was difficult to follow. I am hoping maybe more of this is explained as the series progresses.
The writing overall did not gel with me at all. I found myself having to reread paragraphs and lines multiple times to understand what was being said. After a while, this became quite annoying, and not how I understand this author's other books to be.
All that said, the brothers are intriguing and I find each of them very unique and worthy of their own book, which I will most definitely read.