What’s the Use of Wondering (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: What’s the Use of Wondering (WMU #2)
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 3, 2017
Genre(s): New Adult Romance
Page Count: 182
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Violinist Logan has spent most of his life training for a career in music. But as the pressure mounts during his junior year, he questions whether playing in an orchestra is the future he wants, or one chosen by his parents. His new roommate—that annoying jerk Peter from last year’s production of _i>Guys and Dolls—complicates matters. Crammed into a dorm room with the overconfident but undeniably hot accounting major, Logan can’t stop snarling.

Then Peter sprains his ankle building sets, and Logan grudgingly agrees to play chauffeur. But instead of putting further strain on their relationship, spending time together reveals some common ground—and mutual frustration. Logan discovers he isn’t the only one who doesn’t know what he wants from life, and the animosity between him and Peter changes keys. But just as the possibility of a happier future appears, Logan gets a dream offer that will take him away from Western Massachusetts University—and Peter. Now he has to decide: will he live the solitary life laid out for him, or hold on to Peter and forge his own path?


Let’s just say Logan and Peter don’t exactly meet cute at the start of this book:

[Logan] “You self-righteous prick. You are, of course, completely without flaws, so you’ve taken it upon yourself to fix everyone else.”
[Peter] “I’d say it’s nice to meet you, but, well, you were here too.”

But they soon meet again … in the dorm room they share their junior year. The very hot, very annoying Peter is involved in the Theatre Club building sets while Logan is Concertmaster of the WMU Orchestra and his life is consumed with fulfilling the dream of joining a prestigious orchestra like the Boston Symphony. Although their interests are dissimilar, each young man faces the same sort of dilemma. Peter’s major is Accounting only because his father, who is paying for school, wants him to become an accountant whereas Peter’s real love is stage set design. Logan has spent his life practicing the violin and now wonders if the dream of achieving an orchestra position is his parents’ fervent desire rather than his.

I wasn’t entirely sure who I was apart from my violin.

Over the course of the school year, Peter and Logan gradually become friends and their relationship develops when Logan finally figures out Peter is gay and tells him “It’s possible I jerk off to porn while thinking about you when you’re at orchestra rehearsal.” Peter introduces Logan to student life, i.e. something other than spending all his spare life practicing and leading rehearsals and Logan helps Peter dream of working on Broadway with set design.

I made a promise to myself then. I would find out who I really was that semester, before it was too late to change the course of my life.

Along the way, we get to catch up on Noel and Dave from There Has to Be a Reason (WMU #1) and Noel helps Logan understand something he and Dave have learned:

Life is uncertain. You never know what’s about to happen. Sometimes what feels like the worst turns out to be the best.

I really liked the plot and the way Kate McMurray lets her characters figure out their motivations and their passions. The pace of the story felt just right as both young men have to decide their path and what place each other has in their future dreams. Each needs to realize they aren’t living their parents’ lives – they need to live their own. While their sexual relationship isn’t insta-hot n’ steamy, it really works in the context of this story.

The only niggle I had was that the resolution came very quickly (and was perhaps a bit too rosy given the way Logan’s parents had been portrayed for most of the book), but the Epilogue was really lovely and tied everything together beautifully. 4 stars …. and I’m hoping there is a another book in the series featuring Fred!

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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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