Monday, December 4, 2017

Release Day Review ~ Laugh Cry Repeat by John Inman

Release Day Review ~ Laugh Cry Repeat by John Inman

Title: Laugh Cry Repeat

Author: John Inman

Release Date: December 4, 2017

Category: Contemporary
Pages: 200

Wyeth Becker is a quiet man. Staid, serious, calm. A librarian. When he meets preschool teacher Deeze Long, he discovers joy for the first time in his life. With joy comes laughter, excitement, and a new way to look at the world through the eyes of the kindest, most living man he has ever met.
When tragedy strikes and Deeze loses his joy, it is Wyeth who helps him find it again. It is Wyeth, the man who never truly understood happiness, who pays that gift back. Giving all he can of himself to the man who changed his life. Restoring in Deeze what he now so desperately needs.
But the road of their relationship doesn’t end there. The joys and sorrows of life are never-ending. As they set out to weather the highs and lows together, Wyeth and Deeze hang on to the one thing that makes all the tears and laughter worthwhile.
For only through love can life be truly savored at all.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

I've never read a book by this author before, but one of the characters was a librarian so I had to read it! While both Wyeth and Deeze were interesting characters, I just did not connect with them at all and that truly did not let me immerse myself in their story. I think this story was supposed to be a hilarious tale, at least at first, and though I love humor in my books, for some reason it just didn't work that way for me. Maybe the comedy just felt too over the top, like it was trying too hard with all the ridiculousness? And, it's entirely possible that it's just me and my reading mood at the time. Maybe I could pick this book up at another time and love all the ridiculousness, so don't let my opinion scare you away from trying this story!

Wyeth was awkward, which I didn't expect upon the start of the story and his interactions with a library customer. The weirdness of that conversation was funny and weird. But, upon his meeting with Deeze, it just became weirder. Wyeth had a horrible dog (yeah, yeah, I know) that could have used some time in dog training school. Really, there are no terrible dogs, just terrible owners. So, Wyeth was the problem in how he allowed his dog to behave. The humping of everyone and everything, and the humor that came from the constant behavior wasn't funny after the first time. I really was not a fan of Deeze. The introduction to him and his internal thoughts about running, exercise, etc, just really annoyed me from the start. He was pushy, annoying, and a know it all. He seemed to think he was a comedian, and his behavior just really annoyed me and made me not find him funny but more grating.

This is not an easy, instalove story. The characters have to work for their HEA through the unpredictability of life. I wish I had loved, or even liked, these characters because I truly love stories with humor in them. Though I did like both men the further the story went, because it took me so long to connect to them, I just wasn't invested. I definitely think you should give this book a try because I truly think the issues with this book were mostly mine as a reader!

Rating: 3.5 stars

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