The Worst Bad Thing by JE Birk

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29248968Blurb

 

Iceland, Stonehenge, London, Paris….

To the casual observer, it looks like a dream trip. For Tate O’Reilly, it’s anything but. He’s a man on a mission to rectify a critical mistake, and there’s nothing to hold him back—certainly not friends or family. For Tate, it all comes down to one simple thing—he must fix what he has broken.

What he doesn’t count on is meeting Gabriel Carillo. Gabriel is kind, mysterious, and seems to be on his own mission to ensure their paths keep crossing. But Tate’s hiding an awfully big secret—one he’s certain even Gabriel can’t forgive.

Does a man’s past have to determine his future? In the middle of cities filled with history, Tate is going to find out.

Review

(Spoilers)

 

I can’t really review this without giving away something that I think is obvious but might not be so – stop here if you don’t want to know what happens.

 

 

 

 

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This is a very hard book to read. Tate’s headspace is so dark and confused that it’s difficult to be “with him” while he’s so conflicted. This was well done by the author.

I knew what (or suspected) his end game from the beginning and as such it was so painful to watch him develop a relationship with Gabriel knowing that he planned on ending his own life.

As a result, I was not as “behind” the relationship as I could have been – it felt wrong in a way – for him to be involving himself – at whatever level – given his level of depression. I found the two parts hard to reconcile – his steadfast determination to end his life and yet his desire to be “happy” with Gabriel… it was a hard place to be.

The writing was good and the underlying messages were good – I almost wish that it hadn’t been a romance… in a way I needed Tate to decide his life was worth living without Gabriel.

I really didn’t get Gabriel’s ability to walk away knowing what Tate planned but then be willing to fly back to Paris at the drop of a hat…I’d have thought he’d have fought harder – especially considering his back ground.

So while I think this was a well-written and interesting book, I’m not sure I really bonded with either MC very well, nor did I see much hope for them long term, simply because we didn’t get enough time with them past the sudden ending at Notre Dame. So… as a piece of fiction involving a gay man, I think this is a well-written book. As a romance it didn’t quite fulfill my needs.

3 of 5 stars

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