A Mess of Reason, A. Wilding Wells
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well, this read has a slew of great reviews but…I should have read a sample first. I was drawn in though by the rock star leads – not just one but two! Throw in the chance of some Jealous rivals scenes and I was pressing the request button without my usual research. Big mistake – huge – as for me this was just a Mess of a Read. 😦
Its told in alternate POV chapters, but seemed to be almost a monologue of ramblings and regrets from both of them that could be summed up as “he/she is my best friend. If I act on my feelings we’ll lose that.” I didn’t really like either of them, so after forcing myself to about 40% and finding it was still the same conundrum being dragged out “ I fancy her/him but…I wish I’d…What if I kiss him/her?” along with both of them doing everything but actual sex, regardless of the feelings of her soon to be husband I was ready to abandon it. Guilt – they didn’t seem to feel any. How would she feel if her fiancé was doing that with his best female friend – or male for that matter 😉 ?
I was so bored I skim read, coasting through to see what happened. Its a book for me that was a bad choice on my part. I was looking for action, for plot development, for something – anything – to happen but there’s very little. It really just covers a few events in the couple of weeks prior to the wedding.
Tess is hiding a big secret too and when it comes out I kept thinking “ how? How did she hide that from her best friends and her fiancé ?” It just didn’t seem plausible the explanation given. Still….maybe if I’d liked the characters and story better I’d have gone along with it – who knows? Sadly this read was a Fail for me.
Stars: Two, just didn’t work for me. As ever though reading taste is subjective, this is just my view and there will be others that love this book.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
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