It's Complicated

L.A. Witt
It's Complicated
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
April 2014
Book 7 of Tucker Springs
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Jun 18, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
IT'S COMPLICATED is a story that epitomizes the emotional struggles of an on-again-off-again relationship and the trust, honesty, and communication it takes to make it a success.

Brad and Jeff have decided to give their relationship one more chance. They have been trying to have a successful relationship for years but have been constantly thwarted by petty bickering, uncertainty, demanding work schedules and more. Now that they have been living apart for a while they decide it's time for a first date and one last attempt at finding happiness with each other. The first date is a huge success and both are left feeling optimistic about their relationship. Then the biggest hurdle yet is thrown in front of them. Jeff's ex-wife and business partner is pregnant with Jeff's baby. AND, she wants to move to be closer to her family. Brad and Jeff, and their relationship, are challenged in unbelievable ways as they both try to figure out how much they can handle and what they really want.

The word that kept popping into my head while reading this story was honesty. Both Brad and Jeff had to be honest about their wants and needs, and also about their insecurities and limits while navigating this relationship. I also felt that the author did an amazing job with the honesty of the character's emotions and thoughts. Everything from being jealous of time spent with others to concern about being a racial minority and even insecurities about sexuality. Jeff has to be honest with himself about what is important in his life and how much he can handle; Brad has to be honest about his fears that he is at the bottom of Jeff's ever growing list of priorities. Most of all, they both have to be honest about whether or not their relationship is worth all of the stress and fighting.

I really enjoyed this book. I was not excited when I found out it was part of a series because I'm a stickler for reading series in order. While there were a few minor characters mentioned that I was unfamiliar with, it did not take away from the story line at all. That being said, I enjoyed the book so much that I picked up book one in the series and am quickly working my way through them all.
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