My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It’s hard to get first person present tense right without the reader feeling they’re just been told everything instead of being able to see it happening through the narrative.
I don’t think this quite works all the time, we see far too much random thoughts from Charlie’s and being in his head all the time, especially in moments where he’s being a dick, is a bit wearing.
I swapped between wanting to tell him to get a grip and slapping him, he’s not the most sympathetic of characters in my view and as we also see Ramon through his perspective, it makes it difficult to judge really.
I liked the story premise though and I think that element of it worked quite well – the disparity between how each saw themself versus how the other saw them did come across.
Overall it was okay, I loved the background characters and the steam level was good.
#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.