Where I ramble my thoughts on the entertaintment of The Straight Line and why I needed it...
So this book has the honor (or horror - depends on who you ask) being read pre- and post- election.
(Don't worry this won't get political)
The Straight Line was supposed to be introductory peek into EAB's writing, because his other book Black Snow sounded all kinds of yum. But this book's blurb was a SRAL order du jour on the author's short menu: cheating, an uptight guy losing his mind over the third from he and his wife's supposed to be one time threesome...and look at the drawn cover.
Yaoi haze descended on me.
I saw the drama filled lights blaring loud and clear.
And the peek was only supposed to be brief; my review pile is so long, it probably has its own zip code at this point.
To be honest, I was going to DNF after the first 10%. The book's start was rough as fuck. And I was getting weird sort of FSOG vibes with not naming the genitals that is a pet peeve of mine: if you're old enough to use the fuck parts, call them by their name.
The husband and wife were your run of the mill couple I guess. The hubby was WAY uptight. The wife thought bringing her resident from her job would be a good idea to spice it up. And the third...he's one interesting character.
There's something intriguing about him. It could be fantasy that he represents.
Or that he fucked like a champ.
Or maybe that he dismantled the hell out of the husband, Courtney, piece by piece.
Thankfully, the author got into the groove as the story progressed. This is a self published book and reads as such - yes there is a need for editing. But I can overlook it especially if I'm hooked (which I was).
So I'm trekking along as the story continues to unfurl deeper with messy antics (I'll get to that)
And then the election. Cut to post election. :|
And mourning. What's a girl who loves to read to do?
Get back to the fucking book (and visiting GR for more books to add the massive TBR because book therapy is definitely going to be needed)
This book...oh...I feel like I should buy EAB a drink.
Because damn it. I was entertained!
It wasn't the best book in the world. Trust.
Biggest concern: Editing. It's self pubbed - so if you don't mind things like age discrepancies, or changing hair colors, the story entertains. But the editing issues are glaring that even I noticed.
I'm waffling on where it rates, somewhere in the 3.5 to not quite-4 stars range.
This story is yaoi-ish, drama filled with Courtney (uke) and Sebastian (seme). Sebastian's age varies (editing issues) but I believe he's 10 years younger than Courtney, the married suburban lawyer husband who was secretly closeted. It takes the invited third to rattle Courtney's world. Our book's seme is fantasy quality - tall, dark and handsome. Add the chemistry and charisma he oozed and it was just delicious.
But it wasn't just hot seduction for 300+ pages.
Courtney is an asshole supreme. His self hatred and the way he views and treats others including Sebastian and Claire, Courtney's wife, can be vile. Courtney is so paranoid and deep in the closet, he can't seem to realize his effect in the first half of the book.
And Sebastian isn't a saint either. In fact, he's about maybe a level 6 on my scale of cray . *squints* He actually touched level 7 - those threats. *widen eyes*
So...triggers: non-con drugging/physical abuse/emotional abuse/ cheating
If this was a RL couple, I'd be calling the cops. Messy x infinity
I even questioned why once or twice...but their chemistry. It's undeniable. I don't think either one could function without the other. Vicious...crazytrain cycle.
And if they weren't fighting, they were sexing. The yaoi sex sound effects...(it could grate on a nerve after a while.) And these went at it...hard.
There's a HEA (I was a little worried there around 83%) and it all worked out in the end. Maybe a little too easily after trekking through the soap opera that was Courtney and Sebastian's love life.
The novel could benefit from an edit - it needs to be shaved down maybe 15-20%. And some areas could benefit being expanded on.
But for what I got now? Especially now...
Enjoyable introduction into EAB's writing for me (despite my gripes)
I don't recommend "The Straight Line" for everyone. More for readers who don't mind the triggers and liars.
aka readers like me.
*on the hunt for more books*