Monday, July 10, 2017

The Other Five Percent by Quinn Anderson

Title: The Other Five Percent
Author: Quinn Anderson
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Logan and Ellis
Release Date: July 2017
Publisher: Riptide
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Logan Vanderveer has a joke he’s been telling since college: he’s ninety-five percent straight. He did some experimenting in school, but none of the men he fooled around with inspired him to abandon “the plan”: meet a nice girl, get married, and settle down, just like his parents always said.

None of them except Ellis Floyd, who aroused desires and feelings that scared Logan. So much so that he abandoned their burgeoning relationship just as it might have become something. But four years later, Ellis is back, and Logan finds himself questioning his sexuality in a big way.

Ellis doesn’t fit into Logan’s plan. He’s happy being a starving artist, whereas Logan has sold his soul to corporate America. Ellis is ripped jeans, and Logan is tailored suits. And, most notably, Ellis is out. But seeing him again is dredging up memories—like how it feels to kiss Ellis, and that time they almost went all the way. With chemistry like theirs, Logan isn’t sure he can—or should—keep ignoring the other five percent.

My Review:
This is a difficult book to review for me. Overall, I enjoyed reading it, but the book is told entirely from Logan's point of view and there were times where I really didn't like Logan very much. 

Logan is one of those guys...he does what's expected of him. He works in an office that's pretty boring, he follows the rules, he meets expectations. And all of that is fine...if that's what he wants from his life, but it really seems like it's not. He's not exactly happy. Then he's in line at the coffee shop and sees a friend from college who he 'experimented' with before their friendship just kind of faded away.

And this is where Logan kind of lost me. He can't remember how or why things ended with Ellis. Just flat recollection. Meanwhile looking at the world through Logan's seems like maybe Ellis was devastated when whatever happened occurred. 

On the one hand, I can get that maybe this was a traumatic thing for Logan so he blocked it...but in all honesty, I really don't think so. I honestly just think he was a douche. And he's kind of still that way. He's flat out uncomfortable with the idea that he may be gay or bi. To a certain extent, I can understand that. But he allows that discomfort to hurt Ellis...multiple times. Yeah, no, I can't understand that part of it. I really don't like him for it. 

But on the flip side there's Ellis. Flat out, he should have stayed away from Logan. Showing up that second day was just asking to be hurt. But with the fact that he did come back, I felt like maybe Logan deserved a little bit of understanding when he was so obviously struggling. 

So, both characters had their moments where I wasn't their biggest fans, but that's how conflict happens in romance novels. It's honestly more real than most romance novels, because people get caught up in their own heads/drama and forget to see thing empathetically. But if you're going to have a romantic relationship with someone, you have to be able to do that, or else it's doomed for failure. So, will they make it as a couple? I'm not sure. They really don't have the most solid base.

But with all that being said, I did enjoy reading the book. It was interesting and an easy, entertaining read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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