Ruby Red Booty Shorts and a Louisville Slugger
Author: Lexi Ander
Title: Ruby Red Booty Shorts and a Louisville Slugger
Series: I.O.N 1
Rating: Three Petals
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Eager to escape the shadows of a tragic loss, Diego builds a new life with his best friend, Beck. When he finally decides to admit he's in love with Beck, that new life takes a hot and happy turn. But the peace is easily shattered, as he's learned all too well, and this time it's ruined by the arrival of a mysterious package and dangerous men bent on violence.
Memories of a dead brother and an untouchable drug lord rises inevitably to the surface, and Diego dreads the man he loves is mired in the world Diego tried to escape. But Beck's secrets aren't so simple, and neither is the world in which Diego has been living…
I received this book from the publisher (LT3) in exchange for an honest review.
This book was on Netgalley when it first came out and I decided not to read and review it then. Even though this book is listed as paranormal/urban fantasy, the summary doesn't mention magic or magical creatures at all. I didn't realize this book fell under the purview of my site, so I skipped it. Then the second book in the ION series was posted on Netgalley and I realized I had made a mistake. Luckily, LT3 was kind enough to send me a copy.
This book was a lot of fun to read. The world Ander created was absolutely marvelous. Diego has a kind of magical sight that scares him so much he accepts a method to suppress it. The consequences of that color the rest of the book as he slowly learns more and more about the magical world he's trying to hide from. I learned as Diego learned, which I thought brought me deeper into the characterization and the world itself.
Unfortunately, this story lacked description. I know Diego is still learning about his powers, but there's never any explanation given as to what those powers actually entail. Beck, Diego's love interest, also has some sort of power, but I couldn't tell you what it is after reading this book. I can almost forgive this because the story is from Diego's perspective and he spends most of his time trying to pretend the supernatural world doesn't exist, but there needed to be just a bit more for me to really enjoy this story.
I also thought this story was extremely predictable. Nothing surprised me and every conflict was sealed with a bow. At the same time, I had trouble putting this book down. It was so interesting despite the predictability and I am really looking forward to starting the second book.
This story was predictable and lacking in detail, but I really enjoyed reading it despite that. The world and characters were so interesting and the overall plot was really well written, so I have to recommend this book.
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