Monday, February 10, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Messy By Katie Porter

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Messy by Katie Porter
Release Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon 

Alec Davies is an aging-out rock star.

He’s twenty years older than me.

He’s also my father’s ex-best friend.

Dad used to be the lead guitarist of The Skies, an icon of the 90s British music scene. His fights with lead singer Alec were legendary, and so was the band’s self-destruction. I’ve hunted down Alec to tell him that Dad is back in England and determined to die at home. Ending our first encounter by riding Alec’s face is not the smart thing. Saying “yes” when he wants to reconcile with my dad and offers his townhouse as hospice – it’s not the smart thing either, but I do that too.

This is a stand alone, full length romance. Happily ever after guaranteed.

I wanted to like this one way more than I did, like there were things I liked about it, but other times I just didn't understand the appeal the couple had to each other. It felt more like a sexual attraction and the actual love stuff just didn't sit right with me. I was so bummed because I do really want to read age gap stuff.

I do want to point out that if cancer or the idea of death of a parent is a trigger for you, you might want to stay away from this book. A key part of this book is that Harlowe's dad is dying and he wants to do it in his home of England. Which means he has to get reunited with his ex-best friend. I liked the stuff between Alec and Harlowe's dad. I'm glad they kind of have some sense of closure, but Harlowe's relationship with her dad was...while realistic, it annoyed me too.

There is a ton of sex in this book, which I don't mind at all, but sometimes I felt like it was lifeless. Like it was just there to be there. I just really didn't like these two together at all. I didn't get a sense that they really had feelings for each other too. I liked Alec a lot, and I felt like we got Harlowe's point of view a little too much, and I wanted more of Alec. Even though we got more of Harlow, I just didn't like her or understand her. She fell really flat for me as a character.

I really hate when books don't work for me! I feel bad giving negative reviews, but this one just didn't work for me. And it felt like I had zero reasons to really explain why when I was reading it. I'm so bummed! I might try another book by this author down the line (I believe in giving author's second chances) but this one just was a let down for me.

*I received a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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