Second to None, The Breakfast Club book 3, Felice Stevens
Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA
I really liked the sound of this, but it wasn’t the hit for me I’d thought it would be. It was a good read, one I enjoyed but not a great read, one I’d keep to reread.
I liked the characters, but to be honest I liked the secondary characters, the club staff, Marcus friends and their partners more than Marcus or Tyler!! I didin’t dislike them, just found niggles that irritated me. I just found Tyler exasperatingly awkward in some ways. I really admired the way he took on Lillie and she was such a gem, but his pride, his seeing every simple gift as an attempt to “buy” him, got old after a while. I understand pride, but sometimes when we need help we have to accept it and by throwing back Marcus help he was upsetting him to the point of rudeness. There’s a difference between a genuine attempt to help, buying things because they’re needed, a true gift, and someone using money as a bribe. Tyler didn’t always understand as he’d not been in that position with money, and Marcus too had trouble seeing Tyler’s views as he’d never been without. Then there’s Marcus and his solution to every problem seemed to be throw money at it – I understood both sides but it still annoyed me…..
Then they get thrown by circumstances into a position where they are very close, and they get to see each other in a different light, and start a relationship much to each’ surprise. Neither expected or even really wanted that, and yet life has sorted it for them 😉 And then….well, there’s drama, and once more their relationship gets tested and they have to make some hard choices, looking at what they have a deciding what they will lose with each course of action. I just felt the drama side was a little light for me, I kind of expected more given what was at stake, wanted it dragged out, I wanted to feel their pain…but that’s me, I love the dramas! Not everyone does though, and this could be perfect for you.
So, overall a fun read, a light one and one that for me was as I said, an enjoyable one off read. If I’d loved Marcus and Tyler a bit more I think I’d have been more immersed in their problems, and invested in the outcomes but I felt a bit like a semi interested observer. Maybe if I’d read the earlier books? I don’t know, I don’t think so but – each are stand alone reads but of course the characters spill over into other books. .
Stars: Three and a half, better than just a three “good” read but not making it to the magic five for me.
ARC supplied by Author for review purposes