Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Love Complicated
Author: Teegan Loy
Series: Game, Set, Match #1
Heroes: Jalen Martin/Austin Suter
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 280 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 11, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Life is all about making choices. Some are complicated. Some are simple. But for eighteen-year-old Jalen Marten, none are easy. Jalen has managed to stay invisible for his entire high school career. He has a small group of friends, and it’s enough for him. He doesn’t want or crave attention from his peers. All Jalen wants is to survive high school.
Austin Suter is the hot, talented tennis player who has the entire school bowing at his feet. Girls routinely throw themselves at him, and boys like Jalen stay the hell out of his way. Austin is destined for greatness on the world stage of professional tennis.
The kiss between them wasn’t supposed to happen. Falling in love definitely hadn’t been part of Jalen’s plan.
And when Austin turns pro, Jalen begins to realize that the choices he makes will affect Austin’s life. One wrong choice and Austin’s career could be over before it really begins. Jalen is not sure where he fits, or even if he fits at all in Austin’s life. But the more complicated things become, the less the idea of being apart appeals. Love should simplify things, not complicate them.
Review: Jalen is a music geek with a “pretty” face and a serious musical talent. He tries to blend in and never draw attention to himself. He’s also a serious klutz. Of course he knows who Ausin is – Austin is the star tennis player/golden boy of high school and straight as an arrow… right?
Austin ends up hitting Jalen in the eye with a tennis ball and this acts as an entrée for the two to talk. It isn’t long before Austin admits he’s had his eye on Jalen for a long time – 3 years! – and just hasn’t known what to do about it.
Neither boy wants to “come out”, both have a lot going on in their lives besides the other (Austin is about to go pro and Jalen is suddenly singing in front of all the school) – but hiding their relationship gets wearing…
In the end, these two guys will have to decide what their priorities are and who vs what is important.
This is a book I’ve had on my TBR list forever. When I saw there was a sequel coming out, I snatched it up and took that as incentive to read book one right away.
I loved the beginning of this book. It’s full of surprising characters – both Austin and Jalen’s friends are well developed and fun. Jalen’s mom is a superstar parent. Austin’s family is only a little bit a caricature of “evil”… the mom is a sort of a mixed bag and the sister, Ce-Ce, is awesome.
By the time I hit the middle of the story, I was wondering… where can this be going? Jalen’s music looks like he’s going to be ready to sell albums any minute and Austin looks like he’s ready to drop tennis to be with Jalen because he can’t take the pressure any more, but does that happen?
Without giving away too much – there’s some angst that the boys experience and separation and then a somewhat ridiculous ending that gives the boys a tenuous HFN.
If I hadn’t had the sequel in my hands, I would have been so frustrated by where the author left these guys – because it’s in no way settled.
So… based on this story alone … I was captivated and intrigued. I thought the MCs were interesting and unique with a little bit of “super powers” (super star tennis guy and amazing musician) thrown in to mitigate the teenagey angst. The HFN ending took what could have been a 5 star book to a 4-4.25 star rating.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*