Friday, April 17, 2015

You in My Arms

Author: AC Katt
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN/BIN: MLR-1-02015-0387
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary; Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Family has always been important to Jason Monroe – he feels the need to contribute as much as he can to his father, step-mother and baby sister Kitty. He’s worked hard but he’s earned himself a soccer scholarship that puts him one step closer to his dreams. However, his dreams come crashing down when his father and step-mother are killed in a car crash. Jason knows what has to be done. His future is put on hold so that he can take care of his little sister Kitty. Money is tight – Jason has to take on 2 jobs just to keep him and Kitty afloat. He certainly doesn’t have time to find a boyfriend. His friends mean well, taking him out for his Birthday and trying to set him up with the cute stud at the end of the bar, but Jason just wants to get back home to Kitty.

Club owner Zach Montgomery isn’t interested in anything long term. He’s had his fingers burnt in the past so is just looking to find someone he can have a good time with for the night. When he spies Jason propping up his bar, Zach decides he just has to have him. When Jason says no, Zach is less than impressed, but if Jason won’t go to bed with him, he might as well put that sexy face to work making him some money behind his bar. It was only a job offer; he didn’t mean to let him get under his skin, but Zach can see behind the façade. Jason is putting on a good show, but all is not what it seems – and it is chaos behind the scenes. Can Zach stop himself from getting involved?

You in My Arms is book one of the The Sunset Club series. The characters are adorable and I took to them all immediately. There is chemistry between Jason and Zach that pulls the reader in. The supporting cast of characters are strong in their own right and really hold everything together. Unfortunately however, this story suffers from pacing problems. The writing gets bogged down in detail too often, which really hurt the flow of the writing. I was eager to read the story but put off by heavy explanations of mortgages, home improvement, Kitty’s social security benefits, and the law behind it all. Details of the education system, Kitty’s psychological well-being, Zach’s finances, and Jason & Kitty’s daily routine - all important aspects to the characters, but there is just too much data, daring me to put the book down. As a result, the story often had to jump ahead in places, just to keep the plot moving.

This is a shame because the plot itself is enjoyable, with a satisfying ending. I imagine everyone loving Jason, he is just such a strong, kind hearted man. I loved that he would not let anything cloud his judgement when it came to Kitty. I got caught up in Jason’s life so was dubious of Zach at first, but as we got to know him, I was willing him and Jason to figure out where they truly belonged – in each others’ arms.

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