Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: LenaR
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.
But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.
What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.
Who would ever suspect that an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder?
There is also the point to be made that just because you’re a reviewer, it doesn’t mean you’re always right.
Words is my second book by John Inman. My first book by John Inman was Sunset Lake, an absolute winner for me: I read it almost in one sitting, really enjoyed it and was firmly determined to read more of John Inman’s works as soon as possible. I don’t know why I didn’t read anything by the author soon after my first book, but we all know how it is: there are simply too many good books in this world and not enough time for all of them. It is why I was delighted to have an opportunity to read his new mystery novel. Now I can only say, I am REALLY glad that my first book by John Inman was not Words. But here I can only quote John Inman himself (through one of his MC):
The best of writers sometimes publish works that might better have been left buried under a pile of Macy’s fliers on their desk than be thrust into the light of day.
Well, here I have to be fair: Words is not THAT bad, but my expectations were simply too high and it is difficult to hide a certain feeling of disappointment.
To write a NOT exciting review for this book is not easy. Usually I put more confidence in my opinion, but I feel extremely BAD to give it not more than 2,5 stars. No, not because I’m afraid to face the same destiny as those of internet trolls from Words, but just because Words, in a completely new way, has made me aware of authors (emotional) suffering due to negative reviews.
Nothing can kill a writer deader than a bad review. And in some cases literally.
There are many similar quotes in this book, no wonder, WORDS is a MM romance between a reviewer and a writer.
Milo Cook is a young writer of a gay romance, his previous books have done all right and the third book even better. Logan Hunter is a reviewer and a owner of a reviewer’s blog. Both VERY attractive and VERY lonely. As if they were made for each other. Logan steps in Milo’s single life in one of the most humiliating moments for the young author. He is already almost the entire day in the Andiron Bookstore in Coronado, California, and still hasn’t signed a single book and hasn’t met a single fan. The fact that Logan not just KNOWS who Milo is, but also already reviewed his books isn’t an obstacle for their acquaintance. They start to talk and are immediately drawn to each other. FROM this DAY everything goes VERY quickly.
*sigh* I try to AVOID these kind of books, contemporary MM romance on the insta-love basis is not my thing. I hoped to read a mystery book with a background romance. What I got was a boring love story with a background mystery with an unusual idea, no doubt, but not very credible.
What I missed in the whole story was a BIG surprise that is for me indispensable for a good mystery and for an emotional love story.
There was some interesting thoughts, they are for sure worthy of a serious discussion about how to review our books. Logan has the opinion that it is the craft of the writing a reviewer has to concentrate on, and not a personal likes and dislikes. That he as a reviewer can’t let his own preferences get in the way. I have another opinion on this case. I think that our preferences help us to chose the right book, but it is our personal dislikes and likes that defines a good and a bad book. And alone the writing is not enough to make a great book, many components must play together.
But in regard to the plot there is nothing new and unexpected. Two guys are nice, and they deserve to be happy, but their romance is lack of intensity, I have to admit that I wasn’t really interesting in their daily routine and struggled through many details and dialogues. And without giving anything away, the bad guys are easy to guess, their malicious motivations is maybe easy to understand but difficult to buy in this form.
I am probably the wrong person for this book. It has some interesting thoughts, the dynamic between a reviewer and a writer is comprehensible, the love story between Milo and Logan is a little bland and the mystery plays rather an accompanying role, but this book offers a platform for a lively debate.
People don’t stop loving their favorite writers because of one or two bad reviews. They never have. And writers really do need to be a little more tough-skinned if they want to survive. There’s no other way to live the life they’ve chosen.”