Title: More Than Okay
Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 28th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 58 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5
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.
I’m going to try to do this without spoilers…
Parts of this is a relatable romance, in that Jake is convinced something is going on with longtime boyfriend Connor when he starts spending more time away from home and sometimes lying about his whereabouts, so Jake spends his time reminiscing about their years as a couple and trying to piece together what’s happening.
More than half of the story is taken up with Jake reminiscing, and growing more concerned and upset as Connor does more and more things to set off mental alarms. Yet he never talks to Connor about his feelings of being shut out and left wondering what’s happening.
It may be relatable, but I was pretty dumbfounded by the reason. The big reveal of what’s really been happening was flooring to me. I couldn’t believe anyone would do that. I scoffed out loud because I thought it was ridiculous! I actually exclaimed, “Are you kidding? You can’t make that kind of decision a ‘surprise’!”
Aside from the “reveal”, I just found there was too much miscommunication to really enjoy the story. Considering the short length, I thought the fact that Jake’s fears and suspicion went on for weeks without him ever having a single open conversation with Connor maddening.
Though this packs some nice sexy times I felt like it also dragged a bit, especially in the beginning, but that might also be because of my frustration with the characters not talking to each other. But most people won’t have my dislike of miscommunication.
If you’re looking for a short story that has plenty of character development, some light angst, good heat, and a realistic HFN/HEA, and you don’t mind miscommunication, you should check this out.
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