A Package Deal
Title: A Package Deal
Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 260 pages
Blurb: Robby Dalton is the perfect all-American boy. He played the sports his father chose for him in high school, attended the college his father selected, and has worked hard to conform to his father’s macho views. But emotionally he doesn’t fit anywhere, and he can’t connect with a woman beyond a few uninspired dates. Robby’s not in the closet, because he’s never guessed he’s gay. Now he owns a small commercial construction company, and one night after work he runs into Savannah Meyers. He finds her fascinating and agrees to a date, thinking maybe this woman would be different.
But Savannah has her own agenda. She is looking for a love match for her roommate, Tristan Chartrand, whom she rescued from the streets years ago. He’s like a brother, and her only family, so she wants him safe and happy. Her plan seems to begin well, because when Robby meets Tristan, he’s surprised to find it’s Tristan he wants, not Savannah. But some people in Robby’s life don’t approve of Tristan’s lowly station in life, and some don’t approve of Robby being gay. Some people are full of hate and violence, and Robby and Tristan will need courage and strength if a loving future is to be part of the deal.
Review: No. Sadly this book didn’t work for me. Tristan is worth the rating for this book, but just one character can´t carry the load of making this book a better story.
I felt cheated. The cover is deceiving, the blurb is unclear. The characters lack any redeeming qualities. Robby and Savannah, I just couldn’t relate to them, I didn’t care for them at all.
My only feelings and emotions were for Tristan, who seemed to be the more developed one out of the three and the one with the responsibility to glue the plot together and made sense of the story line.
I went back to check that this was the same author I loved with Intervention, it just felt totally different.
There were many things that didn’t work. I couldn’t see why there was a need of setting this up as MMF. I failed to understand how an intelligent young man kept a BFF that was such a d***head. How the other two parts of the relationship were all the time putting themselves down. One moment Tristan was as selfish as no one has ever been before, the next Robby is thinking of him as the most generous soul ever. I dislike Savannah and her passive-aggressive attitude. And Robby failed to show any courage at all, too little too late.
Lots of plot holes here, lots of incongruencies. Lots of things that were put together because of some idea that this is the attitude a broken boy/girl should have, but it didn’t work with these characters or with the story line as it was told.
Like I said, Tristan, made this bearable. It was a close call to DNF, but I kept reading because I was hoping for the author to turn it around and make me love them. It didn’t happen.
Reviewed by Connie
Posted on February 16, 2014, in Connie and tagged a haunting past, Changes, Choices, Coming Out, Complicated, Conforming, Connie, Contemporary, DSP, Finding Yourself, Friends to Lovers, Homophobia, Making a New Life, Making Your Own Family, Roommates. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.