Review: Alina Popescu – Br0th3rly

1959019Author: Alina Popescu
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Genre:m/ m contemporary
ISBN: 9781925222746

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary:
Br0th3rly (Famous On The Internet) by Alina Popescu – Romance>Contemporary eBook
Fighting his relentless love for Trevor, the guy he was raised to consider his brother, has been Tristan’s mission in life.
To distance himself from Trevor, even after discovering they weren’t really related, he left for college at sixteen. Moving into the city, building a new life, and running an anonymous blog about what he considers sick, twisted feelings might make Tristan famous on the Internet, but it isn’t enough to get over his obsession. Every time he goes home, a quick glance at Trevor brings it all flooding back.
When commitment-phobe Trevor announces he’s got a serious boyfriend during one of Tristan’s rare visits home, the adoring kid brother will be forced to run once again. This time, however, Trevor doesn’t stand back and watch him leave.
Instead, he follows him, making it nigh on impossible for Tristan to keep his love a secret for much longer.

Review:
I really enjoyed this a lot, and actually had tears in my eyes during much of it. Travis’s situation was heartbreaking. Imagine being desperately in love with someone you can never have and telling the truth could make you lose your entire family? Then add the fact that you have to see this person constantly. That would be hard to deal with, and it was well done in this story.

The thing that I think made me round down to 3 stars instead of up to 4, was that sometimes the writing/dialogue had an odd and overly formal way to it. It made them seem much older, or like they were from a different era. For example:
“Your core? That I’ve known, always. And it’s mine, as I’m yours.”

Seriously? Who says that? But it was sweet and heartbreaking, then sweet and hot. I was satisfied with the way things worked out in the end. They acknowledged the reality of the world, as opposed to things being white-picket fence perfect. Some sacrifices had to be made, but they were whole and happy. The way that the book deal was wrapped up also went well in that it wasn’t a major focus, but highlighted things and allowed for a light moment of what’s to come at the end.

That being said, I skipped the last few blog entries. Once things were developing between the guys I didn’t want to hold off reading to flash back in time. Some were heartbreaking and/or gave new insight to something in present time. But some were just random snatches. I think the events in the blog posts could have related more to present events, and that would have felt a little more cohesive.

So, not perfect, but lovely. If the idea of two men that were raised as brothers falling in love skeeves you out, then do not read this book. It is what it is. But why read boring old romances where everything is easy?! Challenge yourself a little, you might like it. *wink

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