Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: An Act of Devotion
AUTHOR: A.M. Leibowitz
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 215 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1st, 2016
Adam Lansing has always relied on his charm to get by. Sure, he’s starting over—new school, new graduate assistant position—but he knows he won’t have any trouble working his magic on anyone he chooses.
Antonio “AJ” Mancuso is deep inside his own head. He’s cool, calm, and confident. But despite all the friends around him, he often feels like he straddles two worlds. Is there anyone who could love him for everything that defines him—past and present?
From the first time they meet, Adam is determined to get gorgeous AJ to notice him. But just as the heat is cranking up between them, Adam spots AJ with another man. Adam strikes back through a fling with an ex. But when he discovers the truth behind AJ’s behavior, he realizes that his magic won’t clean up for him this time.
Usually this type of storyline I really love. I’m a big fan of the miscommunication, mess up, break up, and come back together storyline unfortunately, this one was really choppy and hard to follow. At times it almost felt like I was reading a sequel in a series when I had never read book 1. It was just confusing and found myself scratching my head throughout the story, which was incredibly frustrating. I think the idea behind the book was inspiring but the execution lacked, in my opinion.
There are a few different storylines at play and a lot is thrown at the reader at once. Several different characters, several different issues but it all sort of centers around AJ and Adam.
AJ and Adam meet and it’s rocky from the get go. So, what starts as irritation quickly builds into attraction and thus forms the tentative relationship between the two. One thing was clear; these two were really hot together. The passion flowed nicely.
Very early on in the story you see a bit of Adam’s jealousy unfolding, even when him and AJ aren’t even together so it’s very easy to know how he will respond when he misinterprets what he’s seeing.
The big conflict happens and it really isn’t surprising. Adam just seems incredibly immature but does grow throughout the story which is promising.
Another thing I appreciated was all the social issues in this story and while they were many, this was a very informative read. I appreciate the author wanting to tackle these issues but I do think a lot of these characters and issues could have had their own separate books because like I had mentioned it was very overwhelming.
Overall, pretty good writing…I’d be interested in other stories by this author.