Challenge Week Review: Beyond Complicated by Mercy Celeste

Reviewed by Heather C

17974051Title: Beyond Complicated
Author: Mercy Celeste
Heroes: Liam, Kel & Seth
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 88,800 words
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 30, 2012
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Blurb: Liam McGuire has the perfect life–his job is a nightmare, his apartment was swank back in the eighties, and he has a secret so painful it could destroy him. What can top that? Meeting his son’s new boyfriend, that’s what.

For former porn star Liam McGuire, life is pretty tame, except that his twenty-one year old son is now dating the love of Liam’s life. At the ripe old age of thirty-eight, Liam’s entire world is collapsing around him, his past catching up with him, his secrets and his lies are coming back to bite him. All because Kel had to go and fall in love with Seth.



Oh, boy.  Where do I begin with this book?  The first thing that comes to mind, is for me to shout, “I DID IT!!! I DID IT!!!  I FINALLY DID IT!!!”  This book has been on my “i-don’t-know-what-to-call-this-shelf” for months and months and months.  It’s one of those book I never really had any intentions of ever reading…EVER!  Then Susan goes and picks it for my challenge book.  Like, seriously?  Me?  She wanted ME to read menage (which I usually avoid) and pseudo-incest (ick) all wrapped up with sex, drama, and more sex??  What the fuck was she thinking?!?!  Of course I kicked and screamed and whined and complained…but eventually I put on my big girl britches and dove right in.  Even stayed up ’til like 3 am on the first night of reading because I didn’t want to stop, not because I was loving it, but because I was hooked on the naughtiness of the whole complicated mess…

Quickly, for those of you who know nothing about this book, it’s about a man named Liam who discovers his son (Kel) is dating the only man he has ever loved (Seth).  From there, things get more complicated because all three men are in love with each other and none of them are mature enough to step away or make a choice, so they embark on an illicit and kinky sex affair that brings them all to the same bed.  Then there is the crazy baby-mama, secrets and lies, mental illness and the secret life of a porn star.

My Likes:

Liam’s voice.  Okay, honestly he annoyed the crap out of me because he was all over the place: couldn’t make up his mind to save his life.  Constantly in self denial and contradicting himself every time he turned around.  But, I liked his delivery and his inner drivel kept me interested.

The controversy.  Shockingly, the menage and pseudo-incest didn’t really bother me at all (Kel is not biologically Liam’s son).  Its a great plot idea: so many barriers to be broken down and it’s interesting to see if a relationship like that could ever really work forever.

The kink.  Yeah, I admit some of the sex was disturbingly hot, maybe even a bit icky at times, but yeah, I was into it.  And there was A LOT of sex.

My Dislikes:

Grown men acting like teenagers.  Like seriously, Liam was nearing 40 and had been sex-less for like 4 year, then Seth comes back into his life and all he wants is sex, sex, sex…fuck Seth, fuck Kel and fuck the consequences.  Oh he thought about all those consequences, but they certainly didn’t stop him…he never even hesitated.  THEN, when things get hairy, Liam’s only answer is to run, run, run.

Poor communication.  Maybe it’s because they are men.  Maybe it’s because they are all three as mature as 17 year olds.  But the only way they knew how to communicate was with “I love yous” and fucking.  Seriously, the words love, loved and lover were used approx 334 times.  The L words has never annoyed me so much and meant so little.  One minute Liam would be in love with Kel the most, then Liam would be fucking Seth and Seth would be his number one love.  I kinda got off topic there, but JEEZ!  I wanted to scream “Put your dick in your pants and have a real, mature conversation!”

Baby!  Now, I’m whole-heartedly a fan of the “baby” endearment, but this was effing overkill.  Like 109 times too much.

Unbelievability.  I said earlier that I liked the “idea”, but I think some parts could have been better executed; and at some points it got too outrageous to be realistic for me.  Too many tangents, too much going on, too many fucking complications.  Heh.  The whole thing was just too implausible and fictional.  After suspending belief for a bit…it eventually makes for decent fiction.

Even with all my rants, I still enjoyed the story as a whole.  No, it’s not perfect, some bits are even eye-rolling ridiculous, but it’s the experience I take away in the end, and I don’t regret it.  Thank you, Susan, for giving me that final push so I can now formulate and share my own opinion of this controversial book.

Overall Impression: I Liked It!

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Challenge Book Week, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “Challenge Week Review: Beyond Complicated by Mercy Celeste

  1. Maite Suppes

    Wow! I coulda sworn I wrote this review! It’s exactly how I felt after reading this book.Great review!

  2. Sadonna

    Oh man! I gotta read this. Mercy can be brutal, but I usually end up really liking her characters and stories 😉 And I STILL can’t believe I didn’t know she was at GRL! GAH!

  3. I Still love this book….so freaking naughty but also so addicting too..I am so glad you liked it.

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