Review of Losing Control by Riley Hart

Losing Control (Broken Pieces, #3)Losing Control by Riley Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this audiobook from in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this was painful. Ben, our protagonist, is suffering from severe PTSD both after a recent kidnapping, which ended with murder, as well as his childhood memories of his older sister taking her own life.
He is spinning desperately out of control and into depression when we meet him. He is not working, not eating and not sleeping. All he does is drink, write letters to his ex-lover, and fuck strangers in clubs, or rather he tries to fuck strangers, except that his dick is not really co-operating any longer.
He meets Dante on such a night in a club, a mysterious stranger, who refuses to have sex with him and who takes him out for a drink, except that that drink turns out to be coffee, not alcohol. The relationship between Dante and Ben is not healthy, anyone can see that, but it does manage to keep Ben alive, something I was not certain was quite possible at the early stages of the book. Dante basically blackmails Ben into eating and sleeping, if he wants contact with him.

This book is not a happy book. It is not a light read. It is full of darkness, angst and drama. I have no idea how it compares to the two others in the series, as I have not read them, but it is not a read for a day when you want light hearted and romantic. There is no romance here. There is only desperation and need.

I would have liked more from Dante’s point of view. We spend all of the book in Ben’s head – which is not a nice place to be – but Dante is also a very broken man, and it would have been nice to see the world and their relationship through his eyes. Also I would have liked more emphasis on the relationship after they hit the wall and started coming back to life. We leave Ben and Dante in a very good and hopeful place, but my romantic little heart would have liked more assurance, that they would be ok, both as individual people and as a couple.

I had not read the first two books in this series, but didn’t feel the lack of back story was a problem at all, not until the very ending, where we were treated to glimpses of people who I had no idea who was, but that was all on me, not on the author.

Despite it’s dark and angsty feel, I am intrigued enough that I would probably go back and read the first two in the series, to get Tristan’s story too.

The narration of this book was lovely and flowed nicely. The narrator did separate voices for each character and you were never in doubt as to who was speaking. Jack DuPont was a new to me narrator, but I enjoyed his voice and his narration and would definitely buy something narrated by him again.

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Review of Crossroads by Riley Hart

Crossroads (Crossroads, #1)Crossroads by Riley Hart

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1.5-2 stars

This was not for me! But since everyone – and I do mean everyone – seem to love this story, please do not let my review stand alone, if you are considering it.

Nick, a restaurant owner, is divorced and moving into his new home. A small double house with a shared yard. In the other unit moves another single man, Bryce. The two form a friendship, which then develops into more.

GFY is hard to do right – double GFY – double hard. And this one just did not work for me, at all! I never saw the chemistry or love between the two, even if I was told repeatedly that it was there. And that was, in actual fact, the main problem for me with the entirety of this story. It was tell, tell, tell and never show…
And why the big empahsis on the shared yard, when it was never used, until the very last scene of the book? Why wasn’t it used to build tension? Sunbathing, yard work in skimpy outfits, whatever… such a missed opportunity…

I just could not get invested. Other than that I found Bryce incredibly unappealing, and a bit of an asshole to be frank, Nick was completely bland and the whole of both of their families annoying and 2-dimensional. Their mothers’ especially, were horrid, Nick’s mother running off with Bitch of the Year award…
It took me almost 2 weeks to get through this book, and I read a book a day on average, so it’s not because I am a slow reader. I just had no interest in this story or this couple.

The writing in it self was fine, there were some tense issues now and then that pulled me slightly out of the story, but nothing major. But, as stated in the beginning, everyone loves this story, so I am probably the odd one out here. I have read and enjoyed other books by this author, so i’ll just mark this down as a glitch.

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