Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Book Review: Br0th3rly (Famous on the Internet #1) by Alina Popescu

Br0th3rly (Famous on the Internet Book 1)

Fighting his relentless love for Trevor, the guy he was raised to consider his brother, has been Tristan’s mission in life.
To distance himself from Trevor, even after discovering they weren’t really related, he left for college at sixteen. Moving into the city, building a new life, and running an anonymous blog about what he considers sick, twisted feelings might make Tristan famous on the Internet, but it isn’t enough to get over his obsession. Every time he goes home, a quick glance at Trevor brings it all flooding back.
When commitment-phobe Trevor announces he’s got a serious boyfriend during one of Tristan’s rare visits home, the adoring kid brother will be forced to run once again. This time, however, Trevor doesn’t stand back and watch him leave.
Instead, he follows him, making it nigh on impossible for Tristan to keep his love a secret for much longer.

Todd's rating:

This story, as written, really didn't work for me on quite a few levels.

The first half of the book was mostly Tristan, the younger brother, bemoaning the fact that he was a deviant pervert for being attracted to his older brother, Trevor, beginning at age 10.

So for chapter after chapter after chapter, Tristan mentally beat himself up over his intense, all-consuming love for his brother. Ad nauseam. He just kept droning on and on about it, until I wanted to just yell, "Dead horse, DEAD HORSE!" and yank the battery out of my eReader.

The story worked much better in the second half, once Tristan ran away from his older brother. No way could he handle his big brother finally getting serious enough with a guy to invite him over to meet the parents, so he runs away. Again.

Only this time, Trevor followed him back to the city a few weeks after, where Tristan has been stewing in his own juices over his unresolvable, never-ending brotherly lurve.

Then, as these books always tend to do, everything magically works out and we got an HEA, which would have been enjoyable and great, BUT...

1.) A lot of the enjoyment was tainted for me by Tristan's tendency to be a huge drama queen. Even when he got what he's always desired, he was still looking a gift horse in the mouth. He's 22, not 14, but it seemed as though every little thing had to be High Drama.

2.) Many times, I found myself thinking that some portions of the dialogue sounded like something out of a soap opera. I wasn't really a fan of that. Below are a few examples: “Taste me, Trist. You’ll see I’m as real as I can be.”

“Look at me, Trist. Watch me come undone for you.”

“Easy, Trist.”
“I can’t, I simply can’t. I need more!”

“I think it’s high time you were introduced to Br0th3rly.”

He shrugged and pulled me into his lap. “That can wait. I need to get reintroduced to your naked body.”
So when all was said and done, this one averaged out at around 2.5 stars for me, although other reviewers did seem to enjoy this story more.

My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


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