Monday, September 12, 2016

ARC Review: What About Everything? (Tales from Foster High #9) by John Goode

What About Everything? (Tales from Foster High #9)

A Tales from Foster High Story

No matter how fast you run, the past has a way of catching up with you.

When an accident ruins Matt’s parents’ anniversary party, Tyler and Matt decide a vacation is in order, and they book a gay Disney cruise with Robbie and Sebastian. It’ll be the perfect place to relax and do some much-needed soul-searching.

A couple of years have passed since they met, but Tyler and Matt are no closer to getting married. They must take a long, hard look at their relationship and decide if they’re happy with the way things are, or if they want more—and if they can find the courage to take the next step. A difficult choice is made even harder when two people they thought they’d left behind show up to complicate the issue and turn the whole cruise upside down.

Todd's rating:

Oh, Tyler, Tyler, Tyler, you poor man-child.

This story is the tale of Tyler finally realizing what he's going to lose, if he doesn't finally grow up and start adulting, like everyone else in his life.

Tyler loves Matt. Matt loves Tyler. But if Tyler starts thinking about serious, lifelong commitment, you're likely to find him turning white and hovering over a bucket until the dizziness and nausea passes. Peter Pan at his finest, folks.

But when Tyler fucks up royally with Matt, in front of God and nearly everyone in their hometown, he knows that he has to make up for the embarrassment and humiliation that he's unintentionally caused. Dumb, hot boys are dumb.

Enter Robbie and Sebastian, who I grew to love even more dearly by the end of this story. With Robbie's advice, Tyler buys tickets for a two-week Disney cruise and away the foursome sail.

With Tyler and Matt providing most of the drama and feels, and Robbie and Sebastian keeping the story light, and often funny as hell, this one was a real winner for me.

From phobic-level fears to dashed hopes, from evil ex-BFF's to scheming, slutty gym boys, and from forgotten pasts to dreams of a better, happier future, this story had it all.

And I loved every minute of it!

Well, to be 100% honest, I'm not the biggest Disney Superfan that ever existed, so I wouldn't have been mad if some of the Disney OTT'ness had been dialed down a few notches, but it wasn't so much that it bothered me.

The story was fairly angsty, but appropriately so. And the sexy scenes stayed in character with the rest of this series, which is to say implied and off-page. But the witty segues away from what was about to happen were nearly as entertaining.

The story is told in three parts, with perspectives mostly from Tyler, Matt, Robbie and Sebastian, which I found enjoyable and often times hilarious.

Word to the wise, though, do not fuck with Robbie. That bitch will take you out and not even chip a nail.
Example: “I’m Robbie. Enchant√©.

Translation: "One wrong move, lady, and I'll suck the marrow from your bones while you watch."
In the end, Tyler and Matt do get their hard-won HEA and maybe even a bit more. And I was thrilled to finally see Kyle and Brad finally make a brief appearance in the epilogue.

Overall, I'd rate this one a solid 4.5 "This bitch again?" stars and highly recommend it to anyone who has already read the previous stories.

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

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