This author has potential, but this story didn’t work for me. I thought both the characters and plot were underdeveloped and the main conflict was too easily resolved. ~ Java Girl, Guilty Pleasures
SWEET UGLY LIES by Nazarea Andrews
NOW LIVE! (Green County, #3)
Gabriel Delvin is three things: a problem, a liar and irresistible. Elijah Beasley’s known that for years. He knew before they slept together, and he knew when he walked away from Gabe, unwilling to put up with more lies. The problem is he keeps going back.
Elijah Beasley is three things: a cop, a f*cking problem, and Gabe’s. Gabriel Delvin’s known that for as long as he can remember. It’s why they fell into bed together, and why Gabriel stayed in Green County, when all sense said to get out.
But as the underbelly of crime in Green County comes boiling to the surface, Gabe is forced to chose between the man he’s always loved and the family he can’t help but be loyal to.
Love has never been the problem, for these two.
It just might not be enough, this time…
I thought Sweet Ugly Lies was very uneven. There were several beautifully written passages that grabbed my attention, but there were also repetitive phrases, clunky transitions, and an ending where the obstacle to an HEA (or HFN) suddenly disappeared. I couldn’t really connect to either Gabe or Eli, although I found myself more drawn to Eli. His character is a little more developed than Gabe’s. From Eli’s POV, we do gain some insight to his feelings and thoughts, whereas I didn’t feel that with Gabe. Gabe is my least favorite type of hero–the martyr. His behavior is too inconsistent, and his reason for keeping his distance (emotionally, not so much physically) from Eli all these years didn’t really work for me. This could have been a stronger book with more plot and character development. The plot thread involving Gabe’s brother, Lucas, is interesting, but undeveloped. The characters are too shallow and one-dimensional.The ending felt rushed. An obstacle that keeps a couple apart for nearly a decade shouldn’t be wrapped up in a single paragraph. I thought it was an oversimplification of a complex dilemma.
My copy was an uncorrected proof with no scene delineations. I hope the final copy is better, since this made the scene transitions both jarring and confusing.
I think Ms. Andrews has potential, but this book just didn’t work for me.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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DIRTY SEXY SECRET (Green County, #1)
DIRTY STOLEN FOREVER (Green County, #2)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories.
When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binge watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids.
N is a self-professed geek and enjoys spending her spare time lost in her favorite fandoms and can often be found babbling about them on social media.
She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.