RELEASE DATE: 28th November 2014
BLURB: IN THE HEART OF THE BIBLE BELT, LINES ARE GETTING BLURRED.
Liam Rush has never ventured too far outside the fences of his family farm, so college is a pretty big deal for him. Now he can finally claim his own identity– one that doesn’t involve football, hunting, farm work, or four overbearing brothers. But when he finds himself falling for the androgynous dancer at Trybe, where he works as a bouncer, things get confusing. He’s never been attracted to guys before. Not really. And what would the folks back home say if they knew?
Japanese-American mix Blake Himura has been on his own since he was seventeen, with no one to depend on but himself. He’s mere months away from realizing his dream of graduating college and becoming a dance instructor. Unstable men don’t factor into his plans, least of all “straight” boys who don’t mind ruining other people’s lives to keep their dirty little secrets. Liam is exactly the kind of complication Blake doesn’t need in his life. Unfortunately, his heart hasn’t gotten the memo.
Undeclared is the third book in the SSU Boys series and as the first two stories (Pinned and Smitten), it can be read as a standalone. Each book tells an individual story of two guys and their bumpy journey to happiness. Liam and Blake were both introduced to the readers in Smitten, where I found both of them very intriguing for first sight and I couldn’t wait for their story.
The writing is great as usual. The characters are complex, exciting, and full of inner struggles. Although the conflicts and complications are unexpected and heartbreaking, I love the small details the writer uses to warm our heart from time to time. This one is the most complicated plotline so far. The layers are woven together from Blake and Liam’s instant attraction, to their ‘from enemies to friends’ status, from Liam insisting on being ‘straight’ despite his strong physical and emotional attraction towards Blake, up until Liam’s redneck background and Blake’s painful past and horrendous family history. If you are into angsty, complicated situations, this is the perfect read for you. For my taste it was a little too much. Too many complications and not enough resolve and communication. I love Liam and Blake’s chemistry! I always enjoy hot dances, sizzling seduction scenes, and rough lovemaking. We get it all and more. I would have liked a little more communication between our MCs though and a little more emotional connection. Their physical attraction is palpable, but their emotions could have been shown more. The pace of the story is intense, especially in the second half. However, there are too many unanswered questions, which left me a bit unsatisfied.
I really like reading about these guys, and it’s great to meet everyone from the previous books. I can’t wait to read more.