Release Day Review by Mario Kai Lipinski
Author: Mario Kai Lipinski
Release Date: May 29, 2017
Category: Contemporary, New Adult
Violence is hard to escape because of the scars it leaves—on the body, the mind, and the heart.
Small, skinny, and timid, Matt is the school’s punching bag. He suffers in silence and holds no hope anyone will come to his aid. The last thing on his mind is finding someone special. He’s sure it’s impossible, so why bother trying?
Shane is no stranger to pain. At his old school, he broke a football player’s arms for tormenting his friend, and with his size and multiple tattoos, he looks every bit the thug everyone—Matt included—assumes he is.
Building trust isn’t easy, but a sweet yet passionate romance slowly unfolds. Their road isn’t without bumps, but Matt and Shane navigate them together, finding happiness and security in each other—until another act of violence and its aftermath threatens to tear their lives—and their love—apart once and for all. But like the symbols etched into Shane’s skin, some things are made to last.
This blurb intrigued me and I really wanted to love this book. It had really good bones, but the execution just didn't follow through. The characters are young, still in high school and only 18 and 19 years old, yet they seemed too immature at times, especially for some of the life experiences they've had. Some of the things they said and did come off as, well, cheesy. Although the characters are somewhat immature, their speech could be too formal at times. Certain things that were said by Matt and Shane, I just can't see a teenager saying.
This book was also unnecessarily long. There wasn't enough action to keep the story moving along and truthfully, there was no need for the story to be as long as it was.
Shane and Matt were likable characters you could root for. They had chemistry and I wanted to see them get their HEA. All in all, this wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't the book for me. Maybe others will like it, but for me, I'm sorry to say, it just didn't work.
* Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.