It’s Complicated by Kindle Alexander is now live!
Nightclub manager Julian Cullen runs Reservations with impeccable precision and a deep sense of pride. But repressed memories from his abduction two years ago surface, leaving him struggling emotionally. Julian vows to reclaim his previous life but doesn’t factor in the biggest distraction of all: the handsome cowboy hanging around the club intent on gaining his attention.
Entrepreneur Beckett St. Clair built an industry-leading survivalist training company through hard work and dedication. The tough as nails outdoorsman can navigate any situation or so he thinks…A chance encounter with a guarded night club manager leaves him tumbling head over heels into uncharted territory.
One man is lost to his past, the other dreams of a future.
Both men will soon find out love is never easy…it’s complicated.
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At long last–my first Kindle Alexander book!
It’s Complicated is the second book in their Reservations series, and it worked fairly well as a standalone. Julian is hiding a past tragedy for a good portion of the book, though, and I did feel a bit out of the loop not knowing the details of what had happened to him until he finally tells Beckett about it. Though maybe it wasn’t discussed in the first book either? I guess I’ll find out when I go back and read the first book ( Reservations ) 😉
In the meantime, I couldn’t put Julian and Beckett’s story down. Not only did I need to understand what it was that was keeping Julian trapped in a self-imposed relationship exile, Beckett, the man who hoped to help him find his way out, was absolutely everything. Former military? Check. Current survivalist trainer? Check. Dog whisperer? Check. World’s sweetest hero who can rock a suit as well as jeans and a t? Check, check, and check! OMG, from the first time I saw Julian’s “Marlboro Man” on the page, I knew I had to witness him finding his HEA ASAP or go down trying.
And OMG, Woofer. I could not get enough of that dog!
I very nearly despaired of Julian giving up on the self-sabotage long enough to finally admit his true feelings for Beck, either to Beck or to himself–the dark moment here has the potential to be OMG dark, dark, dark, and gah! it got hard to read there for a while–but Kindle pulls him (and us) through to the other side with it’s-all-coming-back-to-him flair. And when Julian meets Beckett’s parents for the first time? So. Darn. Sweet.
So–sign me up for the next Reservations book, please! And if I get to see more of Julian and Beckett in it, even better 😉
Trigger warnings: past kidnapping and sexual assault flashbacks, brief discussion of conversion therapy
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Amazon international number one bestselling and award-winning author, Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer who writes contemporary gay romance. Happily married with too many children and dogs, living in the suburbs of Dallas.
Usually I try for funny. Humor is an important part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes can be a tricky deal. I don’t want to offend anyone, and humor tends to offend. So instead, I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen-year-old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been home. It was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you imagine times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have her ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon announced their brand new ereader. She had no idea the Kindle was coming and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it…Never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event, I was lucky enough to know my writing partner. I would have never gotten through those dark days without her unwavering support and guidance. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. For the first time, I used the hand offered. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her. It takes a special person to stand beside someone at a time like that. I will love her forever. I could go on and on about the both of them, but I won’t and now you know a little more About Us.
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