It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.
A simple choice.
There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road.
A different life.
It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy.
Pretending was better than knowing the truth…
I. Ruined. Us.
I had her.
I lost her.
I love her.
All I did was complicate us.
STANDALONE series. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Strong language and sexual content, not intended for readers under 18.
I’ve been on a huge NA kick this month, and I’ve desperately been looking for new authors with sizzling books. Complicate Me popped up like on #3 or something on a Goodreads list for popular 2015 NA titles. After reading reviews from both friends and random people, I was really excited to read this one. My hopes were definitely really high!
The first 60-70 pages of this book were AMAZING. I was so into the story, and I adored all of the characters. If the whole book had stayed that way, then it could have possibly been my number one book of 2015…
Complicate Me is set toward the present in the prologue, and then the rest of the book is dedicated to the two main characters growing up, expanding over each year that they knew each other. At first, it was adorable. It became not so adorable when age 11 seemed to expand fifty million chapters. Then age 13 seemed to expand forty million chapters. Then, I felt like I was stuck on age 15 for thirty million chapters. It just didn’t move at a quick enough pace for my liking.
One major thing that absolutely annoyed the crap out of me was that the author did not do a good job connecting maturity to ages. When Alex was 11, she was acting like she was 15 or 16. When Lucas was 12 or 13, he was acting like he was 16 or 17. Their actions and thoughts did not correctly match their appropriate ages. It was very confusing to me.
Another thing that I hated was Cole. Not that I hated Cole in general….I actually loved his character. I was more ticked off at what the author did to his character at the end of the book. You were led to love Cole throughout 90% of the book. He had formed such a close friendship and relationship with Alex. No matter what happened to them throughout the book, they should have always had that. The author sort of rips that to shreds at the end of the book and makes it seem as if Cole never cared about her and that he was a cold, heartless man that just wanted her body and her to have him name. That alone really ruined the book for me, especially since a part of me was rooting for him the whole time.
Don’t go into this book expecting a lot of romance between Alex and Lucas. There are absolutely no moments in this book that detailed a romantic relationship between them. Hell, after like 21 years all they had done was kiss! They didn’t date, there were no stolen moments, nothing. So, what the hell was the point? I’m sure they did like each other. But I was not invested in their relationship.
I also didn’t understand a lot of the things that were done to both Lucas and the rest of the boys. I felt that several scenarios were absolutely not necessary. I was especially ticked off during the last 60-70 pages of the book. NOT NECESSARY. Way to ruin the book.
Finally, I didn’t read an ARC of this book. I BOUGHT a finished copy on Barnes & Noble. There were a LOT of errors in this book. Sometimes, I would read over something and say “huh?” There were also a bunch of spelling errors. I was already completely turned off by her dedication, which seemed completely unprofessional. I would have ignored that since it really doesn’t relate to the book, but now the whole things annoys me. If I’m buying a finished copy, I expect it to be in tip top shape.
Overall, I didn’t like this book at all. I was really disappointed in how it played out.