Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Bad Beginnings
AUTHOR: Nicole Field
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 207 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 3rd 2017
After the recent ending of a relationship, Kit feels lost and uncertain about where he stands without being in a relationship. Dante, on the other hand, has been waiting for this moment for years, and now that Kit is finally single he has no intention of wasting this chance.
But even the most sincere feelings and best intentions aren’t enough to guarantee happiness, and it’s a long road from a bad start to a happy end.
Nicole Field has written a good story. Bad Beginnings is the story of Kit and Dante who have known each other since childhood. Kit is the best friend of Dante’s brother Con and the two men share a law firm. The story to their happy ending is bumpy and full of issues for the two men. But as the title and blurb suggest, it’s a bad beginning to a happy ending.
Sadly, this book has a significant issue with editing. Choppy sentences, incorrect use of words (to, too, two) and sentences that make no sense in context are just the start of the problems. I really feel like the authors voice has been harmed by the editing issues. In this case, I believe with some good beta reading and editing this story could have been a much better book. But at the moment, the editing issues pulled me out of the story and made it a difficult book to read.
On a positive note, I believe the author portrayed the transgender character and his story well. Con and Dante’s parents are well-to-do and don’t approve of Con. His story is secondary to Dante and Kit’s, but it is also integral to the overall plot as well. I really enjoyed his and his girlfriend’s presence in the book.
I really wish I could rate this book higher, but it needs some significant work before I could have enjoyed it
Less Than Three Press