Stuck in Between by Blakely Bennett
Series: Bound by Your Love #1
Source: Review by Request
Copy Provided by Author
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jacqs is a twenty-eight year old woman caught up in an on again, off again relationship with Bond, who is her best friend and the one who causes her the most heartache. She succumbs, yet again, to his powerful charisma, but vows not make it into more than it is, a great night of sex.
Bond, too sexy for his own good, wants Jacqs for himself as he “dates” his way through the female population of South Florida. He selfishly doesn’t see the conflict of interest.
Red, Bond’s best friend, has watched Bond take Jacqs for granted for way too long and soon stakes his own claim on her.
Will Red and Jacqs budding relationship pull apart their tight-knit group of friends and will Jacqs survive being Stuck In Between.
Sometimes a book just rubs me the wrong way…
THIS is one of those books…
“I’m not sure why you need so much drama in your life, Jacqueline. My advice is to forget them both and move on.”
Let me be clear: I have never ‘DNF’d a book before, but I came dangerously close to closing this one for good.
The writing had multiple rough edges which could have been smoothed out with the use of an editor or even careful proofreading.
The dialogue was awkward and stilted, there was questionable sexual innuendo, and completely unbelievable (to the point of mood-killing) pillow talk…
There were a ton of superfluous details regarding makeup, clothing, etc which managed to turn a story about a group of people in their late-twenties / mid-thirties, to a story about obnoxious teenagers.
This sophomoric vibe was enhanced by the endless angst which dripped from every page…
I might have been able to handle all of those detractors if not for one VERY IMPORTANT fact: The three main characters were completely unlikable.
I couldn’t get invested in this twisted love triangle because I didn’t have a desire to see any of these people happy. Why should they be rewarded for making ridiculous decisions over and over again?
I guess the only redeeming thing about this entire book is that these three deserved each other.
I don’t remember ever wanting to strangle a fictional character as much as I did with Jacqueline.
“This can’t possibly end well and I know you are smart enough to know it.”
Jacqs has herself stuck in a love triangle between her cheating asshole ex-boyfriend Bond and her ex-boyfriend’s domineering best friend Red…
Some might be inclined to believe that these two men are taking advantage of the dim-witted Jacqueline… But Jacqs got herself into this ridiculous position… She seems particularly adept at lamenting all of the self-inflicted problems in her life, yet seems incapable of making any positive decisions for herself.
“When will you understand that my dating other women doesn’t take away from my love for you?”
Yeah… No… Bond & Jacqs have been on-again-off-again for almost a decade. He cheats, she’s helpless to refuse his charms, she keeps going back to him, he keeps fucking everyone else.
And I’m supposed to understand Jacqueline’s love for him?
“Loving me back.”
“You didn’t give me much chance to refuse.”
Apparently Red has been in love with Jacqueline for a long time and it’s been killing him to watch his best friend treat her like shit… So in oder to hide his feelings for her, he’s been treating her with a combination of hostility and complete disinterest for years… Sounds like a knight in shining armor to me…
I can’t recommend this book to anyone.
I can’t think of a single reason to enjoy so much absurdity…
***I was gifted with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
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