Friday, August 26, 2016

Release Day Review: Three Little Words by Allison Cassatta #Review #Giveaway

Author: Allison Cassatta
Book: Three Little Words (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: August 26, 2016
Length: 202 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Is it better to keep some secrets locked away?

Matt thought his life was perfect, but he learns there’s no such thing when the man he planned to marry breaks his heart and leaves him holding the pieces. Needing to escape and lick his wounds, Matt heads to New England to spend time on his brother’s lobster boat. A one-night stand proves to him that empty sex does nothing to mend old hurt, and neither does running away.

So when Matt’s best friend, Luke, a firefighter, is seriously injured, Matt steps up, even if it means facing bigotry and ignorance. Luke has been hiding his feelings from Matt all their lives, and revealing them after so many years won’t make life easier for either of them. But nothing worth having ever comes easily….

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Normally a best friends to lovers book is one of my favorites. The blurb for Allison Cassatta's novel, Three Little Words, hit all my buttons.

We've got the best friends, a bit of hurt/comfort, a firefighter, and a secret crush that's lasted for more than 20 years. Throw in a cute dog and a broken heart, and this one piqued my interest big time. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations.

 This book suffers from many faults: a main character who isn't all that likable or sympathetic, a disjointed plot, over the top drama for drama's sake, and choppy writing just to name a few. I wanted to love this book, I really did. The beginning chapter opened up strong and gave me hope but then went downhill from there. It took until at least 65% of the book for Matt and Luke to get together. There was a one night stand for Matt that somehow wound up having the potential to be something serious. Matt's flip flopping between being angry at his ex, Brandon, which I'm still not quite on board with, to his long lived unrequited love for Luke that didn't stop him from sleeping with someone else ... I just couldn't get behind any of Matt's motivations.

Throw in a bizarre and unnecessary mention of a murdered brother which is never brought up again by Matt or his mother or his brother, and this book felt like it was all over the place. I did like Matt's brother, Mark, and Matt's time on the lobster boat was entertaining and different from the norm.

However this wasn't quite enough to save the book and unfortunately, this was a miss for me. But this definitely might be a case of it's me not the book, so if hurt/comfort and best friends to lovers is your thing, give this one a try and see what you think.


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