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After their umpteenth breakup, Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden are living apart and starting over from scratch. The morning after a promising first date, they’re more optimistic than ever that they can make it work this time . . . until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner calls to announce she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby. Brad’s already competing with a demanding business for Jeff’s time. Now there’s a baby on the way, and worse, he’s afraid Jeff is still carrying a torch for the woman who’s carrying his child.
Jeff is desperately trying to keep his life together, but before he can even get his head around the news that he’s going to be a father, his ex announces that she wants to leave Tucker Springs. Now he either has to take over her role at the shop while ferrying the baby back and forth from Denver, or move the business—and himself—with her.
Brad and Jeff knew reconciliation wouldn’t be easy, but they’re rapidly running out of room for compromise. And sooner or later, something has to give.
Confession…I haven’t read the ‘Tucker Springs’ series yet.
*cringes* I know, I know I need to fix this straightaway. Reading mid-series is a huge no-no for me, but on a whim I snagged this one. I am pretty pleased I did. Obviously Jeff and Brad have an angst drenched past, we’re talking Niagara Falls soaked. I’m not exactly sure everything their baggage consists of, but it certainly is caustic. I think I enjoyed it more fast-forwarding over their drama and focusing on healing stage. However I do plan on hitting reverse and catching the rest of the series.
Complicated: difficult to analyze, understand, or explain.
Uh huh, that would be a nail on the head for the relationship in this book. Complex doesn’t even begin to describe them. Love isn’t the problem. Brad and Jeff both love each other immensely and desperately want to succeed in this final attempt to salvage them. If only love was enough.
A replay of their first date brings the passion out in full force. Attempts to keep things cool fly out the window and their spark takes off like a forest fire. One thing they have down pat is sex, but it appears attraction was never a problem. It’s the little things which escalated into big things that drove them apart before and now they both are tiptoeing around possible triggers. If things aren’t fragile enough, a huge bomb is dropped into their bed during their homecoming celebration.
I hate to pick sides, but I think Jeff is…difficult. Often I felt sorry for Brad and understand why things ended up heading down the minefield path they are on. Jeff is bisexual and best friends with his ex-wife. Wait, not only best friends, but business partners. Hours upon hours spent with each other, often alone. Not surprising that during one of his ‘breaks’ from Brad they had an impromptu night of passion. So, if cheating is a concern of yours, rest assured no cheating occurs. A baby certainly throws a wrench into their future, but the bigger question remains, can they make it past tomorrow?
I believe the worst part, or possibly the hardest part, is they both anticipate failure. As much as they want to be together, neither of them believes they will go all the way this time. Paranoia, doubt and resentment have them singing the same old song. Something’s gotta bend or this relationship recovery mission will be over before it even starts.
An angst ridden sexy ride which left me totally exhausted, but I don’t have any regrets. If you are a fan of the Tucker Springs boys I imagine you’ll want to see if they arrive at the finish line together or not.
Title: It’s Complicated (Tucker Springs #7)
Author: LA Witt
Release Date: April 28, 2014
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