Reviewed by Ami and Morgan
Title: More Than Okay
Author: Bru Baker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 58 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Something in Jake’s relationship with Connor is changing, and not for the better. The only thing that’s been growing between them recently is silence, and when Connor starts lying about where he’s been and slipping out of bed at night, Jake fears the worst.
Jake gets the surprise of his life when he finds out what Connor has really been doing. It couldn’t be further from what he’d expected. Instead of ending the relationship, Connor has been building up to taking the next step together with a huge romantic surprise for Jake.
The scare shows Jake what’s really important, and the ordeal might make them stronger and bring them closer together than ever before.
Ami’s Review: If the author is trying to write a story about “how you can screw up your relationship after being together for seven years because of lack of communication” well, I think Bru Baker succeeded. Because that is what I took from this short story when I finished. And it didn’t feel good. Nope. Not at all.
The thing is, the story is written solely from Jake’s perspective. So as a reader, I could ‘feel’ his growing concerns and worries with Connor who seemed to get further away from their relationship with his secrecy. However, at the same time, Jake doesn’t exactly do anything about it either. He never really asks Connor about it, he keeps things bottled inside, even if he starts thinking the worst including whether Connor is cheating on him.
Look, the way I see it, while trust is very important in a relationship, blind trust is not exactly healthy either. It’s not about whether you trust your partner or not, it’s about … let’s say it together … COMMUNICATION.
And the revelation about what Connor had been keeping as secret from Jake just made me very, very annoyed. No, Connor. You don’t really make that kind of decision without asking your partner of SEVEN YEARS. I mean, are you effing kidding me?!
So with heavy heart, I cannot recommend this one. But of course, everyone’s tolerance with the miscommunication trope may vary with mine; yours can be higher and don’t see this as a problem. At least this one is short. *shrugs*
Overall Impression: It was okay but not good
Morgan’s Review: First, let me say that I’m a Bru Baker fan. I really enjoyed Late Bloomer, Some Assembly Required, and The Magic of Weihnachten. So, when I saw this, I thought – how cute. Two boys, one misunderstanding, a quick little HEA short story. What I didn’t realize was how bothered I would be by the misunderstanding. Even at the end, I was scratching my head, wondering “Why didn’t these boys TALK to one another?”
In addition, the ending is SOOOO disappointing. Sure, it looks promising, but after all that fuss and bother – I really wanted an OTT ooey-gooey-sappy ending to make it all better. What I got was a pretty OTT sex scene and some potential good things for the future, but it didn’t satisfy my need for a “kiss and make up”.
There was a moment, near the end, when it looks like everything is going to be lost – I was on the edge of my seat and all my feels were engaged, but instead of taking that and turning it around into a “awww” moment, I got a “Oh, I guess I understand – but we still have work to do” moment. Very. Unsatisfying.
So… it pains me to say that I really didn’t care for this very much. The writing was good and there was some potential there, but I didn’t appreciate a payout.
Overall Impression: It was okay
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