A Mess of Reason by A. Wilding Wells (Review by Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier)

A Mess Of Reason

Title: A Mess of Reason

Author: A. Wilding Wells

Published Date: July 8th 2015

Genre: Romance


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Scout Steele is the country music star People magazine just voted ‘sexiest bachelor’. More than that, he’s my best friend forever, my bff. OK, not quite my lingo – I’m almost thirty. We’ve shared everything, and then some. Even crossed the line a few times, but not too far. Well, mostly…. He’ll go to the end of the world to make me happy; he knows me inside and out. Except, that is, my most intimate and darkest defect; this he must never know. It would ruin us, and ‘us’ is the only thing that matters. So I’m marrying someone who doesn’t care about the truth or, frankly, even me.” “She’s twisted and sexy as all get out. Brilliant and beautiful, Tess Harlow is my best friend and my forbidden fruit – the woman I’ve always known and loved the best but can never have. Between my tours (and sexy groupies) and her man-juggling, we’ve never found “our time.” I love her to pieces but she’s about to marry the bane of my existence, rocker Creed Luce. He’s a walking cliche and he treats my Tess like hell – why she stays with him I still haven’t figured out. I am always there for her…but not this time. Tess deserves better, way better, my better. The door is half-open and I have my ways. Her best friend is about to become her best lover.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier’s  Review***
Best friends to lovers stories tend to be hilarious, entertaining and in some cases suspenseful. You know there’s a catch somewhere as to why the two characters are holding back from acting on their feelings, yet it still catches you off guard. In this story, you’re given two characters, Scout and Tess, who have been bffs since their early years. Tess has loved Scout for a while but never acted on it; same with Scout; he’s in love with her but keeps quiet. Tess also has a huge secret that she’s kept from Scout and her fiance Creed (yes there’s a fiance). How she’s kept her secret so long from both men baffles me.

I felt that neither Scout or Tess had much to them. The same thoughts were repeated page after page: I love him/her but if we act on it our friendship is ruined. By the halfway point of the book, I was begging Tess to call Creed and ditch him so that she and Scout could just get it on. When they do finally get together, it was in my opinion just dry. It was more of put tab A into slot B. I felt that Scout pushed too hard with Tess; he wanted to know her secret and he wanted to know now. He wanted sex and wanted it now. It wasn’t very becoming of his character.

To me, the story didn’t flow and it felt like there were holes in it; like Tess’s accident, hospital stay and recovery. It was just glossed over, yet Tess contends it’s a secret as big as the location of the Ark of the Covenant. So overall, the story did nothing for me and I’m not sure I’d recommend this to a friend.

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  • Kel

    Another book for the TBR list, thanks!

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