Friday, November 25, 2016

ARC Review: If I Should Stumble (Tork and Adam #3) by Claire Davis & Al Stewart

If I Should Stumble
Love is sure and timeless and forever. It whispers over the morning coffee and the last thought before sleep. Love is beyond hope, and cruel as life.

Kaz has been in the UK for almost a year, but the days pass by in an endless round of alcohol and nothingness. He has a story but no words good or bad enough to tell it, until one day, he is assigned a new peer mentor who asks him to help train a sponsored running team. Something that was stretched as old parchment breaks inside, and memories begin to re-surface.

Zack is overjoyed when his friend Adam asks him to be part of the sponsored run team trying to make money for the local homeless shelter. All day he makes cakes to lighten people's load, but something is missing from his life. Then he meets the boy with eyes like the desert, and with every step he runs, Zack's light burns away the darkness in Kaz's heart.

As the race heats gets nearer, Tork, Adam, Zack and Jo realise that under Kaz's careful programme, they have a chance to qualify and set right some of the wrongs of this world.
Todd's rating:

OMMFG, so many questions!

*Where* was Kaz actually from???

What exactly did he go through going from *there* (wherever 'there' was) on his way to asylum in the UK?

What happened with his family?

What actually happened with the family that helped him in his time of need and why?

And he remembered those numbers for how long, but never used them? Not even the safer ones? Why? Ugh.

I needed details! All of them.

While I enjoyed this novella, it made me more than a little bit cray cray that so many questions were left answered. I hate that. Inquiring minds and all, right?

The story that I did get was nice and sweet and accepting, but for this one to have totally worked for me, I truly needed more details vs. quite so much 'vague.' : (

Also, when the "babe's" started, I felt a bit like, "Wait, hold up. When did we get to to the 'babe' stage???"

That felt like a huge familiarity and emotional jump for me, without sufficient justifiable reason on-page for it, so I really couldn't get fully on board with the supposed feelings behind Kaz and Zack's budding relationship.

What did leave me truly fulfilled with this third installment of the series was seeing how Tork had really come into his own. And that he had Adam (more or less) exactly where he needed/wanted him to be. And that they were still happily together and working toward a future together. : )

Overall, I'd rate this one at around 3.5 crazy-making stars, all things considered.

My ARC copy of the story was provided by the authors in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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