My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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.
So what did I think?
It wasn’t lying when this book was titled It’s Complicated! This is the story of trying to repair a relationship while dealing with a whole mess of issues.
I haven’t read many m/m romances which are focused on an established couple sorting through relationship issues – their ups and downs, arguments, hot make-up sex, stress and worry – so it was nice to read something a bit different for a change.
I’ve always enjoyed this series so was looking forward to getting a glimpse of some characters from the past books – although to be truthful, I wasn’t really taken with them and struggled a little bit to see the relevance to the story. The group played a role in enabling Brad to do something that Jeff wasn’t happy with, causing yet another argument, but what I really wanted was for some more interaction and support.
Brad and Jeff have been together for years but their relationship has been tested by their continual arguments. When the story starts, they are living apart but making an effort to get back together by slowly dating again and trying to sort out the reasons for their issues. But just as they start down this path, new obstacles are thrown in their way. The ramifications of one night Jeff spent with his ex-wife come back to haunt him – the resulting pregnancy has him facing some big decisions about his business, the baby, where he’s going to live and the role Brad will play in this life.
Overall it was an enjoyable story with lots of emotional discussions between the two men, interspersed with some sizzling sex and I appreciated the way Christine was portrayed. She had the potential to be one of those characters you just wanted to hate but she wasn’t.
A copy of this book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in return for my honest review.
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