Review – Uncovering Ray by Edie Danford

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: April 28, 2015
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

Ellery College #1

24295489When the right love uncovers the wrong secrets…

Hey, man–you a chick or a dude? Dealing with the same old boring question is a downer for college drop-out Ray Fayette, especially when it’s asked by the low-tipping, over-privileged students at the Ellery Diner.

When six-foot-five, muscle-bound straight arrow Wyatt Kelly publicly smacks down a fellow frat bother for caveman behavior, Ray’s interest is sparked. Wyatt’s not-so-subtle attraction sparks a few other things too.

But getting to know Wyatt proves dangerous. His sexy smiles and smart questions slide under even Ray’s prickliest defenses. Worse, his academic mentor happens to be Ray’s ex-stepfather, the dictatorial jerk who just kicked Ray out of his house. Again.Wyatt suggests a housing arrangement that has surprising appeal—there’s space available at his frat house—but he’s unaware just how complicated Ray’s “identity issues” are. Ellery College kicked out Ray for a reason—a reason that could deep-six Wyatt’s academic career and Ray’s
newly hopeful heart.

I can appreciate a well written story and this was one, it had style and it’s readable but it was very difficult for me to get through. I’ve been trying for months and I’ve been hoping each time I picked it up to get into that head space where I could finish it…that hasn’t been working for me so I just decided to sit down and power it out.

I just found it so damn depressing. I grabbed this story because Ray is genderqueer and that holds interest for me but it didn’t really read that way for me. This felt very much like many other girl meets boy NA stories but with a slightly androgynous twist. Ray’s journey felt more like a tease to the reader. I have no idea why they were kicked out of school or dropped out. It’s vaguely referenced several times but if there were actual details I passed it over and can’t be bothered to see where I missed it. I didn’t like being in Ray’s head because it was all attitude and privilege wrapped in a unhealthy dose of martyrdom. Many of Ray’s actions seemed more a petulant knee jerk response to overbearing parents and that annoyed the fuck out of me. Then we have Wyatt who kind of talks the talk but has an odd way of starting dialogue for change in the frat culture. I was frustrated and vaguely pissed off for the majority of this read.

While I can appreciate the skill of the author in telling this story I didn’t like this book and I didn’t like these characters. This may be a book and series for someone else but it’s not for me.

I’m giving Uncovering Ray a D

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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