Triangle Susann Julieva , Romelle Engel



Triangle Susann Julieva , Romelle Engel
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.

Reading the description I was reminded of the voice-over for a serial in the 70’s where each person seemed to be in a relationship, or dreaming of one, with at least two other people…the sound-bite was “Confused? You will be..” and I wondered if that’s how I’d find this. In actuality though its not as confusing as the description suggests as Nick doesn’t come into the book until around halfway through, and we concentrate on just James, Casey and Danny.

I liked the characters, intense, solitary James, who seems at odds with the rest of the world apart from long-time straight friend Casey. Casey’s one of the good guys, friendly with everyone, affable and easy going and though he’s straight. James believes he’s in love with him, though dare not show his feeling to Casey in case it spoils their relationship. Then along comes Rizzo – Danny- who turns everything upside down. He’s one of those who always is at the heart of controversy, who throws out comments and actions for effect. He pushes and riles James, Casey tells James he’s in love with Danny, and poor, poor James is so heartbroken and jealous but stuck. He warns Danny to leave Casey alone but then Danny makes sexual approaches to him too, and he’s then totally confused about how he feels for Danny, and what about his long-standing love for Casey…Its all very intense, and these three dance around their feelings. At times its a wonder they ever managed to get any college work done! Then slowly out come some of the skeletons from each of their backgrounds, and along comes Nick into the mix. He’s another troubled character in love with Danny… There are so many hidden secrets coming out and some tragic consequences to actions.
Its a very intense, insular book, and though in a way its all about how each feels for the other(s) its also lacking on romance for me. Its all about thoughts and histories rather than what’s actually happening in the present, and I felt quite detached from the characters at times. That’s me though – I like dialogue based books best, ones where I can feel as if I’m in the persons head, and here I felt like an onlooker and didn’t quite follow what was happening much of the while. I needed to get more invested in outcomes than I did, and that’s why for me this is an OK book, but not one I’d re read. It does have lots of sweetness, lots of that young, intense love, but there was too much introspection and not enough action for me. Still, everyone wants different things and I’m sure this will feel just perfect for others. It was originally a serial and maybe the transition to novel affected the overall feel?
Stars: three.

ARC supplied via authors

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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