Monday, November 27, 2017

Release Day Review: Romance Redefined by SJD Peterson

Title: Romance Redefined
Author: SJD Peterson
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 200
Opposites attract, but are some differences too drastic for a romance to survive?
On the surface, Benson Howard Winthrop III and Hugh Bayard have a lot in common: they’re young, handsome, and blessed to be one of the wealthiest couples in the country. Surely they have everything anyone could want. But Ben is no longer satisfied with their long-running relationship. Hugh’s need to control every situation is suffocating him, and Ben needs to know if he can make it on his own merits by following his passion.
But Ben’s mother isn’t about to let her son live in a rundown apartment as a struggling actor. She’s determined to get him back to his rightful place at the top of the social ladder—and back with Hugh.
Rekindling their romance will require more than doing what’s expected. Ben and Hugh need to understand and embrace each other’s differences. They’ll have to support each other even when one makes a decision the other doesn’t agree with. For their passionate love to grow, they will need to redefine the meaning of romance… only then can they find true happiness.

3 Stars

Ugh, it’s never a good thing when you have a love triangle and although from the blurb's description you pretty much know who the main character will end up with, and you’re rooting for the other guy.

I really disliked Hugh, well maybe disliked is too strong of a word, I was more indifferent of Hugh and I kinda had no clue what Ben saw in him. Hugh just didn’t seem to care all that much about Ben or his feelings, whereas Jason seemed to really care about and want Ben. I was rooting for Jason, who was sweet and caring and funny. I thought they had a lot in common and they had an easy back and forth banter, and although Jason shared the same problem as Hugh of not really listening to what Benny said or wanted at times, I really felt he was the better choice/fit for Ben.

I felt Jason was a much more well-rounded and developed character, compared to Hugh who hung out in the background throughout most of the story. Once we finally learn a bit more about Hugh and why he is the way he is, for me at least, it was too little too late.

I liked Benny and while I know you can’t choose who you fall in love with, seeing him pine for Hugh was just frustrating and heartbreaking and I wanted to shake him at times!

It’s really disappointing because I really wanted to like this book, but while the writing is good, the story itself wasn’t great. There was hardly no interaction between Ben and Hugh and although the relationship is already an established one, as a reader I still needed to see them interact and see the relationship develop.

Im sorry to say that I really don’t think I can recommend this book. Maybe others will enjoy it, but it just wasn’t for me.

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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