The edition of Wide Awake up for review is the second (edited and expanded). This is one of those pleasant reads where the plot holes don’t much matter because the protagonists are nice guys trying to deal with family issues, coming out, divorce, recalcitrant children, passive-aggressive parental units, a hateful/demanding job and raging hormones.
You know… all the stuff everyone faces one time or another.
There are also math challenges aplenty regarding who was how old when the pregnancy occurred, the ages of the BFFs, the age of the dad… And there’s a bit of an eeeuw factor with 27 year old Tyler falling for his besties’ father, 38 year old Mark. That stuff doesn’t bother me, but it’s made much of throughout the book, including leading to a few awesomesauce blowups by folks not exactly on the same page.
There are also timeline issues but they aren’t deal breakers and can be easily overlooked.
Despite an interim of five years between the “defining moment” and current day, the attack of insta-love and generally sophomoric behaviors by the main characters (by their own admission) does give one pause.
But the writing has a nice, genuine quality, apparently the editing smoothed out the rough spots (though a content edit would have helped a lot), and the characters are generally likeable (except
the mothers, one especially). The rush to the HEA is exactly that: a cascade of feel-good choices and solutions. The hard feelings and misunderstanding resolve, and those not on board seem destined to be so given time.
Wide Awake is a nice beach read. It’s an undemanding romance, and the price is right if you are with Kindle Unlimited. There’s a sequel. I might give it a try.
27 year old Tyler Marcus has always done the right thing. He’s intelligent, quiet, made good grades and went on to become a celebrated civil rights attorney. But the one thing he has always wanted was the one man he should not.
Mark Riley realized at 33 that his life was not what it should have been. He’d been in a marriage of responsibility, raising his son that was a teenage mistake, taken the job his father had pushed on him on the police force and had been miserably drifting along, until one night his teenage son’s friend was visiting from college and woke him from his miserable slumber. Tyler Marcus changed Mark’s life with a simple act of kindness and with one chance meeting 5 years later may also end up giving him the world.