Title: Is It Over Yet?
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 1/8/2019
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Bisexual
Page Count: 176
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Rhys Powell and Derek Scott are divorcing. Mistakes have been made, lines have been crossed, and there’s no going back. Both men are exhausted and ready to move on.
But their daughter is getting married soon. In the name of not putting a damper on her wedding, Derek and Rhys agree to keep the divorce on the down-low and show up as the happy couple everyone still believes they are.
And between a roller coaster of a road trip and the love and joy surrounding the wedding… Derek and Rhys just might remember why they fell for each other in the first place.
Are they only kidding themselves? Or can a rekindled spark really light the way to forgiveness?
This novel is approximately 59,500 words long.
3.5 stars- A different premise that packs in all the emotion
I was immediately intrigued by the premise of Is It Over Yet? Books featuring established couples always interest me because the chemistry and the connection is already there, allowing the plot to take readers someplace deeper. Add those layers to the premise of a couple trying to end their 7 year marriage after infidelity, and I expected big emotions and a different sort of story and romance. This title definitely delivered both.
The start of the book captured my interest right away. The emotions poured from the pages as readers witness the tense exchanges between Rhys and Derek- spouses who are still living together but are separated and moving toward divorce. As this author routinely does, the writing struck me and I felt the angst to my core. Better yet, the author presented both characters in a way that despite their faults and infidelity, I could empathize with both men and wish they’d find their way out of this painful stalemate. Although I didn’t quite understand the full motivation for pretending they were still together for their daughter’s benefit, it did serve for an interesting plot point that forced the men together so they could reexamine their feelings for each other. Unfortunately, the middle of the book lagged in pace and took some of my enjoyment away. Derek’s back and forth with Rhys became repetitious and though his emotions were palpable, I felt myself growing bored with his internal debates and often frustrated with his treatment of Rhys. I either wanted them to really talk through it or start moving forward, and it took way too long for that to happen…but then again it’s not my story to tell. I did like how things resolved, that Rhys’s cheating was never excused or covered for, and I liked that the author acknowledged how much work earning back some trust took for these two. Overall, if cheating isn’t a hard limit for you and you’re in the mood for a heaping (and I do mean heaping) dose of angst, Is It Over Yet? delivers an emotional story about working your way back from the brink of divorce.