2.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Shae Connor

Review: Unfortunate Son by Shae Connor

Title: Unfortunate Son

Author: Shae Connor

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 194 Pages

At a Glance: This book missed the mark for me

Blurb: Five years ago, Evan Day lost his lover in the Afghan sand, and in the fallout, he lost his military career and his family. With help from friends, he reinvented himself as porn star Trevor Hardball, but his scars are hidden, not healed. When Riley Yeats falls into Evan’s lap in a bar, he awakens a part of Evan he’d thought was dead and gone. Evan’s fascinated by the blond and twinky Riley, even though he’s the opposite of Evan’s usual type.

Then Evan’s family reappears his life, and Evan soon learns Riley has his own family-inflicted wounds—ones that make it hard for him to be there for Evan. A disastrous confrontation between Evan and his parents leaves Evan’s mother injured and Evan overcome by anger and fear. Losing his tenuous hold on his emotional control, Evan makes one bad decision after another, but maybe his final fall will be the wake-up call Evan needs to set things right—with his parents, and with Riley.


Review: After reading the blurb for this book I was adamant that I had to read it. The premise was amazing, and I couldn’t wait to see how the story would unfold.

There was so much potential in this story, but I feel like the author relied too heavily on the stereotypical, overused storylines of the genre and forgot to give us the romance. I believed the pain Evan was in from losing his lover and his brother to a military that threw him away. I also cried over the fact that he lost his parents to their bigotry. When he finds himself down and out, he turns to porn to earn a living, and he really does enjoy his job—almost a little too much.

Riley, on the other hand, is a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and is surviving off his trust fund. The downside to that is the fact that his parents treat him as an embarrassment and have pretty much cut him completely out of their lives.

These two men are total opposites but somehow they work together. I say somehow because I don’t believe the author ever convinced me of the fact that they belong together. They come together, have a nice date, and then boom, they’re fighting and not talking to one another. This is a cycle that repeats itself in the book. The MCs have more sex with other people than they do with each other.

I was hoping for a romance with this story, but I feel like the romance was completely missing. All the conflicts the author created for these men were resolved off page or way too easily to be believed. Even though this book missed the mark for me, I would definitely give the author another read in the future.

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