Title: Forever Asher
Author(s): Rhys Everly
Rating: DNF @ 15%
Synopsis via Goodreads:
I’m at the lowest point of my life. Retiring from my SEAL team was not in my life plan.
Yet here I am, 30 years old, no wife, children or career. And now I have to start over while dealing with the after-effects of my last mission.
My best friend Asher agrees to drive me to my new home, Mayberry Holm, off the coast of Boston. The island is riddled with unprecedented crime and an old friend needs help uncovering who’s responsible.
All in all, life can’t get more complicated.
Until it does.
Suddenly I’m turned on by Asher’s gay romance audiobooks and kissing him when he brings me a new furry friend.
Before I know it, I start dreaming of a life with him.
Have I had it wrong all this time?
Review: nope. nope. nooope.
Ugh. I don’t like to leave bad reviews. I really don’t. But, I hate to say it, I couldn’t even get through 20% of this one. It was terrible. The writing was very basic and choppy. That’s not to say that simple can’t be well done, this just…isn’t.
It left me very sad for what could have been in the hands of a more skilled author: an interesting beginning about a supposedly straight man’s reaction to a love scene in a gay friend’s m/m audiobook, and the potential for some delicious hurt/comforty goodness (that I typically adore) about an ex-navy SEAL with PTSD.
The problem is that in the real world, veteran navy SEALS just wouldn’t act like this. And before you say, how would you know? Technically, l don’t apart from my own knowledge based on relationships with other military men (Get your mind out of the gutter. l’m talking about friends, colleagues, etc.) BUT, these guys act like they’re in high school, not thirtysomething men who are a part of an elite military force. There’s more, but l’m not going to tear it apart. lt’s just not my style. l might use gifs occasionally to get my point across, but l’m not going to be mean. l really wanted to read it based on the premise, but…
This story desperately needs an editor, or three.
I found this story on Prolific Works for free, so I wasn’t expecting an award-winning epic, but I just couldn’t with this one.