Saturday, February 27, 2016

Amy's 3.5 star ARC Review for Finding North by Carmen Jenner

Red Maine’s blue-collared bad boy, North Underwood, has a dirty little secret—Will Tanner. 
Friends since kindergarten, North had been the one to jump first, and his fall into Will’s bed ten years ago had been no exception. Will and North had been inseparable, but things change, people grow apart, and even a blazing flame can dwindle to a dying ember over time. 

The more things change the more they stay the same. 

After a run in with a bottle of Bundy rum, Will and North find themselves in a compromising and all too familiar position. 

Blurred lines, bad decisions, and one wrong foot after another lead these two down a spiral of sarcasm, secrets, and sex, but when North’s hetero status is called into question he can’t figure up from down. And despite Will telling himself he wouldn’t fall again, he’s head over heels and wandering without a compass. 

Love is love. 
Love is truth. 
Love … shouldn’t be this damn hard to figure out

Finding North
Carmen Jenner
3.5 stars

Gosh I love Carmen Jenner but this one was just okay for me. The characters were very well written but the depth of the story just wasn’t as much as I wanted it to be. Carmen takes us way back into Will and Norths lives when you found one you found the other. Their lives were so intertwined they were joined at the hip. Something happened between the two and all of a sudden poof .. no more Will and North. I want to know what that poof was and why it happened. I shouldn’t say we don’t know anything, we do of course but not enough of what caused the extreme reaction and led them to not speaking for years. 

This is a tough story line as Will is openly honest about who he is but North is not. Will stands up to the fears of others while North is a coward. He doesn’t want anyone to know who he really is which I think played more into their demise all those years ago. I really was not a fan of North as he tormented and played with Will’s emotions. Best friends or not .. heck no. The two boys also had different parents accepting different things and especially who they allowed their children to be and what they allowed their children to show the world. 

North is hiding behind sticking his “you know” in the ladies while Will is pining for him from afar. North’s relationship with his father I felt should have played a much bigger part in the storyline. His father forbidding him to acknowledge Will had to be more than it was played out to be in the story. 

I wish there was more .. more depth .. more past .. more future .. just more. Not a bad read it just felt like as the topic was put out there and the importance it holds there should have been deeper story lines. 

Thank you for the ARC – Review to post to Ramblings From Beneath The Sheets. 

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