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If It Flies (A Market Garden Tale)

If It Flies - Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt 2.5 starsWell, it was bound to happen. There had to come a day when I just wouldn’t enjoy something written by The Genius. At least once, right? I’m a fan of the first two Market Garden books. Sure, they’re short stories, essentially just barely more than pwp. But I really like Tristan and Jared...as characters, I find them charming, I like their attraction to one another, the sex is ridiculously steamy, and I’m left wanting more of their story.I just didn’t have the same connection, or ANY connection, with Spencer and Nick. And without that, how or why am I supposed to care what happens to them? On top of that, though I’m not a big BDSM fan to begin with, the way it’s written in this book feels completely inauthentic and plays to all the reasons people misunderstand it in the first place…that it’s just about masochists wanting it rough. No real consideration of the nuances in the relationship between a Dom and a sub. Lastly, the pacing of the book is odd. For the first 40%, I felt dragged along as the MC’s meet and spend their first night together. I was bored. And then the next 1/3 of the book was a summarized version, fast-forwarded past months of apparent regular interactions between the two. Finally, and what is the saving grace for the book, the last 1/3 started to introduce a story line and some plot, but by this point, I just didn’t care. And by the time Nick’s speech to Spencer came around, I was not buying it. In a nutshell: if you find yourself skimming a book that’s only 140 pages long, you know you’re in trouble…Thanks to Riptide for the ARC...hope you don't mind the honest review...