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ARC BOOK REVIEW: UNRAVELING MACK RYDER by Anna Brooks

Review

Rating:★★★★

You guys know I love me an age gap. Like, love love loooooove me an age gap.  So when I saw this book, that it was an age gap, and grump/sunshine I thought “Brittany, this is the book for you!”

Now, I am having a love/hate relationship with this one.  I also hate that because it makes it super complicated to write a proper review.  I mean I liked it a lot in some place and in others I was like okay what is going on.  Hell at one point this book had me in streaming tears. But alas, I was torn between utter devotion and just it’s okay.  Here’s what I think has me torn up. 

I love the idea of this book.  Older dude, younger (but not too young) girl.  He’s been a mess for years because of issues if I tell you that will be spoilers.  She’s this free spirit who can’t stay in one place.  I thought their character points were great, but…  Eventually I was getting sick of their shit and needed them to figure it out.  

The book isn’t extremely long, so I don’t think stuff really got dragged out more than necessary but man I was agitated at these too.  At one point I am so frustrated with the heroine I am thinking, “Girl, fuck him and just get out of there.”  Her pining for him started to seem desperate and he started to seem not worth it. 

With that all being said, by the time I finally finished the book I didn’t hate it.  I still didn’t like where the two them endlessly couldn’t figure their shit out, but maybe that’s what the author was going for. If so, then 10 stars because I totally felt all of that. So I’m giving it a 4.  

Also its getting a 4 because I haven’t read any of the other books in this series and now I kind of want to.  So author gets points for being good enough to entice me into purchasing another book from her. 

 Release Date: August 8


She was the complete opposite of me in every way; sweet, spontaneous, and full of sunshine… she was also half my age.

The world was her playground, and Nova Skye spent every breath fearlessly exploring it. Her passion for adventure was contrary to the solitude I loved, yet somehow, I couldn’t get enough.

Her innocence sparked a flame in my empty soul, burning down every defense I had. By the time I started to believe in the us she said we could be, it was too late. My free-spirited rebel was gone, taking what was left of me with her.

Without her, I learned that home wasn’t just a place, it was Nova… and it was finally time to come home.

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Meet Anna Brooks


The first time Anna tried to read a romance novel, her hair caught on fire when she leaned over a candle to sneak a peek at her mom’s Harlequin. She thinks being hit on the head with a shirtless Fabio until the smoke cleared is what sparked the flame for her love of romance. 

Anna was born in Wisconsin, but currently lives in Texas with her husband and two boys. 


She writes sexy romance that always has a happy ending and loves bringing characters back for cameos. Less than six degrees of separation connects any of her novels. 


When she’s not writing or reading, she’s watching reruns of her favorite romcoms, talking to her dog and cat like they’re human, eating carbs, or practicing hand lettering. 

 

She loves to hear from readers and can be found on social media as @annabrooksauth everywhere.


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