Saturday, May 27, 2017

It's Complicated - Julia Kent

Title: It's Complicated
Author: Julia Kent
Format: E-Book

Hot make-out session? Check. With the dreamy obstetrician? Check. While her best friend is in labor? Um...

It's Complicated.

Josie Mendham never meant to have her own (radically different) set of gasps and moans a few doors down from where her best friend, Laura, was giving birth. And stealing away with the obstetrician who was consulting on Laura's case certainly wasn't part of any birth plan.

When Dr. Alex Derjian watched the foursome enter the labor ward he did a doubletake: two dads? That defied biology as he knew it. Even more intriguing was the woman with the birthing mother and the fathers: Josie, the nurse he'd been watching from afar for months. One elevator kiss led to an on-call room soiree and soon he was breaking every romantic rule in his playbook.

Finding his way into her pants wouldn't be hard.

But into her heart? That would be a challenge.

It's Complicated is the much-awaited novel that combines the stories of Laura, Mike, Dylan, Josie, and Madge from the Her Two Billionaires series with Darla, Trevor and Joe from the USA Today Bestseller Random Acts of Crazy, with Alex and Josie at the center of it all.

Josie is guarded about love - in fact, she just doesn't do it.  She has sexual partners, not boyfriends.  Then she meets Alex, a doctor who works at the hospital where her friend Laura has her baby.  They meet (officially, as they've seen each other around through their jobs - she's a nurse) and they have this attraction to each other.  Anyway, I won't give a ton away, because I want you to be surprised.  Long story short: they meet, they like each other, they have sex, they have fights, then they realize they can't be without each other.

So: The Characters:

The characters are all okay.  I didn't really feel like there was a ton of depth to the characters.  They were each individual from each other for the most part, but not distinct enough for me to really be able to see any difference in them.

The Story:

Well, okay, so the story starts out weird.  Laura is in labor, and doesn't want to admit it.  And she's in a three way relationship with two men - they were with a woman who died, then they met Laura.... And now they are having a baby together.  Anyway, the story was a pretty typical romance - with the typical guy meets girl, and they have the usual back and forth "I love him, now we're fighting, now I love him again" stuff that's in every single romance book. 

The story was.... unique in the sense that this is the first book I've ever read that had a three person relationship in it.  I think it's important to have relationships that are.... I don't want to say different, but that are not what people expect.  Most people have this idea that a relationship should be two white people (and always a man and woman), and that's not the way the world works.  There are same sex relationships, and people of color relationships, and open relationships, and on and on.  We need more books that show that every relationship is normal and valid (unless it's abusive, of course, but that's a whole other diatribe.) 

Overall, I wasn't terribly invested in the story, because I didn't feel like it was terribly deep or fulfilling, but that's just me. 

Things I actually Did Like About this Book:
*The openness of Laura and her boyfriends having a three way relationship.
*That Alex takes his grandpa to the doctor a lot for his Alzheimer's study and trials.
*That Alex's mom had a kid when she was so young, but didn't let that stop her from getting what she wanted and becoming a psychologist. 

I think overall I would give this book 2.5 stars.  It's not one I would solidly recommend, but I didn't totally hate it.

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