Book Reviews

It's Complicated (Tucker Springs) by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-April-2021

Book Blurb

Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden have broken up countless times, but now they’re starting over from scratch. Finally it seems that they might actually have fixed their problems, taking it a day at a time, dating. Making time for each other. Things look good after a hundredth first date until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner announces she’s pregnant—with Jeff’s baby.

Brad loves Jeff, and he’s determined to make it work. But Jeff’s business already puts a lot of demands on his time. Now it looks like Brad will have to compete with a baby too, and contend with the possibility that Jeff is still carrying a torch for his ex. 

Then Jeff’s ex says she’s leaving Tucker Springs—and that leaves Jeff in an untenable situation. He can either do double duty at the shop and share custody between Tucker Springs and Denver, or follow her there. Either way, how can he find room for Brad?

First edition published by Riptide Publishing, April 2014.

Book Review

'Its Complicated' is the fourth book written by L.A. Witt within the series, 'Tucker Springs'. Having read all of the previous books, I was excited to get Brad and Jeff's story since I've seen them around, so to speak. I will admit, though, that I was a little hesitant walking into this story, and mostly from the blurb, as I knew it was going to be an emotional minefield.

I can't begin to imagine how Brad felt when, the morning after his and Jeff's new first date, when they'd both agreed to start over and were working on this relationship, Jeff's ex-wife and business partner, Christine, called to tell Jeff she was pregnant with his child. What was going through my head was, WTF? How does that happen? Well, outside of the obvious, of course. I didn't blame Brad, at all, for worrying that Jeff and Christine would end up reconciling over this. It certainly would've been my biggest fear. Then you throw in the fact that Christine wants to move home to be with her family and sell her half of the business, and I totally don't blame Brad for his reactions. Quite a bit of his and Jeff's fighting and tension came from the number of hours Jeff spends at the shop. If Christine leaves, then Jeff will be there eighty some hours a week, and just when he'd been cutting back his hours so he and Brad could spend time together... well, it seems as if everything is falling apart.

I'm all for couples trying to work it out and doing what it takes to make the relationship work. But four years of this? Granted, the relationship wasn't always bad, and I truly respected their commitment to trying again. Certainly, after living together and sharing everything two people possibly could. I suppose, I couldn't imagine living together, breaking up to the point where one moved out of the house, and then starting all over from the beginning. I guess it says a lot about the fact that neither Brad nor Jeff wanted to lose the other and they were willing to make the compromises and concessions needed. Of course, throw in the pregnancy, and all the other issues, and there was a recipe for an even bigger disaster. There was a huge amount of stress that underlay the entire story and, sometimes, it was almost more than I could handle.

This was more than an emotional minefield. It was definitely not the type of angst and drama which then led to a catharsis and a happy ever after. This book kind of depressed me with all of the stress and emotional trauma. I couldn't really empathize with either character, because, to be honest, I couldn't really see why they were trying so hard to stay in a relationship that, frankly, didn't work. At least, not that I could see. But Brad and Jeff got their happy ever after and everything seemed to work in the end. If you're a fan of the series, then I recommend you read this. If for no other reason than you finally get their story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 168 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-November-2019
Price $3.49 ebook
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