Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: "Conflicted" by Ruby Black (Contemporary Romance)

by Ruby Black

Publisher: Ruby Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publication Date: April 27, 2016

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Description from Publisher: She’s the only one I’ve ever needed and the only one I’ll never have.

The only problem is…she’s my best friend.

I’ve always felt the connection, but I just can’t go there. Not with her. She deserves better than what I can offer her. So I drown myself in women and booze, certain I’m doing the right thing, keeping her at a distance.

Or so I thought.

When Lacey tells me about the internship she’s scored with a hotshot criminal attorney, I’m happy for her. This could make her career. If anyone deserves success, it’s her.

Then I learn who her new ‘mentor’ is.

My father.

Now, the secrets I’ve been keeping may cost me the very friendship I’ve been trying to protect.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:
I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own.

By about 1/3 through, I realized that this wasn't quite the story I thought it was. Reading the description, I didn't realize this had a love triangle between a girl, her best friend, and his dad. That's just not my cup of tea.

I was also not a fan of how little romance there was between Lucas and Lacey... all of the sex and even romantic scenes were between them and other people. :/ They didn't feel like best friends who were in love with each other to me, despite the many times we're told they are.

The cliffhanger at the end was a bit of a strange one. The secret Aaron had revealed wasn't necessarily cliffhanger-worthy, though I suppose maybe the love triangle continues in the next installment as well?

So, why 2 stars and not 1? Because I liked Ruby Black's style of writing. The descriptions of the city, the personalities of the characters, the dialogue... They were all well-written and I think that I would enjoy something else written by her in the future!

Mostly, I didn't care for the squicky 'dad' sex and love triangle. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of May-December romance anyway, but wanting sex with a guy AND HIS DAD? Just not the story for me.

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