I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW.
Title: It’s Complicated
Author: L.A. Witt
Year of Publication: 2014
Length: 196 pages
First Line: “I thought I was nervous on our first date.”
Summary: After their umpteenth breakup, Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden are living apart and starting over from scratch. The morning after a promising first date, they’re more optimistic than ever that they can make it work this time . . . until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner calls to announce she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby. Brad’s already competing with a demanding business for Jeff’s time. Now there’s a baby on the way, and worse, he’s afraid Jeff is still carrying a torch for the woman who’s carrying his child.
Jeff is desperately trying to keep his life together, but before he can even get his head around the news that he’s going to be a father, his ex announces that she wants to leave Tucker Springs. Now he either has to take over her role at the shop while ferrying the baby back and forth from Denver, or move the business—and himself—with her.
Brad and Jeff knew reconciliation wouldn’t be easy, but they’re rapidly running out of room for compromise. And sooner or later, something has to give.
Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
This was the first Tucker Springs novel that I have thoroughly disliked. I have read all of the novels in this series up to this point and this has to be the worst. I know I rated it a D|2 stars but that is rounded up from 1.5 stars.
Brad was a minor character in the previous novel, After the Fall, as Nathan’s roommate. His off again on again relationship with his boyfriend Jeff was briefly mentioned. But devoting an entire novel to them? Oh God.
Like I said, we have only met Brad before, so Jeff is an entirely new character for us to get used to. The premise of the novel is that the pair is trying a brand new start to their relationship. But things get thrown into a loop when Jeff’s ex-wife tells him she’s pregnant with his child. Can Jeff and Brad’s rocky relationship survive?
Where do I begin?
Let’s start with the plot. It’s such a trope of the gay couple getting together and then the ex calling to announce she is pregnant. Granted, it’s a trope for a reason. It can work. People can like it. But Christ, it is so old. SO OLD. But that wasn’t even the tip of the iceberg. The entire novel cycled like this: Brad and Jeff are happy. They have sex. They argue. Make-up. They’re happy. They have sex. They argue. Make-up. Happy. Sex. Argue. Make-up… OMG. MAKE IT STOP. Even the characters themselves realized they were stuck in a loop!
“How long are we going to keep doing this?”
“Fighting. Making up. Fighting again.”
Jeff ran a hand through his hair. “I don’t know.”
The novel was literally just the two of them fighting, making up and having sex.
I wasn’t fond of Witt’s writing style either. Maybe after reading four of her novels I am beginning to notice it more. She is more dialogue heavy at times, without noting who is saying which line. It got very annoying. There is quite a bit of back story in It’s Complicated– just Jeff and Brad talking about stuff from the past. Like, hey remember when we first met? Or remember that time when? But there’s tons of it. Maybe it is just me, but I was reading this novel about two characters trying to get back on track, and I frankly, didn’t care about that time they took their parents hiking. It was padding. Just padding and unneeded. Each chapter alternated between Jeff and Brad’s point and view. However, at times when I forgot whose chapter it was, I found that I mistook the two characters. In reality Brad and Jeff are two very similar characters. Witt made a stereotype out of Jeff’s ex-wife, Christine. She’s a black woman who begins or ends her sentences with ‘baby’ like she is in a 70s film. It was depressing. Witt also decided to be clever and make Jeff bisexual. As a bisexual woman, I wasn’t offended by his character, but I wasn’t cheering from the rooftop that there was finally a bi character in the Tucker Springs series. Jeff being bi was clearly written an easy way for the baby thing. I am more offended by Witt for using bisexuality as a easy out for her plot.
There is something very clear about this novel. Jeff and Brad just don’t belong together. They just don’t. They have broken up like 100 times before the novel even begins. I mean, Christ, if you have broken up even once, that should have given you a clue. All they did before the novel and during the novel was argue. Apparently they have trust issues. Brad isn’t sure that Jeff will go back to his ex-wife again. My main problem though, was the condom. I’m sorry but if your partner sleeps with someone other than you, you have a right to request that a condom be worn. And if said partner is like ummm, no. Then dump him. He clearly doesn’t care.
If you have never read the Tucker Springs series and want to get into it, do not start with this one. You will probably turn away screaming. If you have read it before, you might want to skip it unless you are determined to read all of the books.
Worst part: the repetitive plot lines
Best part: Um… *smacks lips* That it was a Tucker Springs novel?
Recommend For: Maybe if you are a diehard L.A. Witt fan or really really into this trope.