It’s been said that if you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. But what does it mean when they come back into your life—as your sibling’s significant other?
At twenty-five years old, Cal Adams has only ever truly loved one man, the one who broke his heart three years earlier—Andrew Hall. Since then, he has searched for meaningful relationships but cannot smolder the flames of the past his family remains unaware of.
As the holiday season approaches, Cal’s younger sister, Claire, brings her boyfriend home to meet the family. When she arrives, Cal is shocked to meet her boyfriend, who is none other than Andrew. In a darkly humorous tale, Cal decides to show his ex what he missed out on.
Have you ever read a book and gotten stuck on one annoying thing and never get past it? Yeah, that happened to me in this book. Really, it’s a trivial thing and if it had been a “knock my socks off” kinda read, I may have been able to ignore it, but… *sigh*
So, I think my problem with A Family Affair was that I never connected with anyone in the book. So, it’s probably a “me” thing, not a “book” thing and it happens. I just hate it when it does.
I think if Andrew and Cal had had a really deep relationship three years before this story takes place, it would have been a little better, but they didn’t – not really. To me this book was more of a train wreck than a “darkly humorous tale”, but again, that’s just me. A fair amount of readers saw the humor, I just didn’t get it. I didn’t really like a lot of the choices that Cal made, the only family member that he had that I liked was his dad. I can’t really say that I didn’t like his sister, but I felt sorry for her and didn’t really get to know her enough to say that I liked or connected with her. I suppose that if I was pressed to say that I “liked” anyone, it would have to be Cal’s best friend Sophie, simply because she was the only one that seemed to have any common sense. *sigh*
Okay, I think I’ve said enough. I really don’t want to bash this book, because, like I said, there were a fair amount of readers who really liked it. Maybe if I read it at another time, I’d have a different take on A Family Affair, because that’s happened too. Oh and for those of you who are curious about what annoyed me about this book the most… Cal kept referring to his mom as Mrs. Adams. That makes sense if it’s an unfamiliar character referring to someone else’s mom, but the son… in his head? It just threw me off every single time. *sigh*