Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke

Fortitude Smashed cover


I received an ARC for this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

DNF @ 25%

1/5 – I’ve been dreading writing this review, I knew I was going to DNF this book for over a week and didn’t want to review it. I don’t like doing negative reviews and don’t like doing them for ARCs. I’m just ripping this band-aid off so I can move on.

Here is a text I sent Caidyn before reading this book and shows what I expected when reading it: “It sounds like a sci-fi love story that’s hella gay so I’m optimistic.”

A futuristic world with an m/m romance sounds like it would be right up my alley, but ultimately I was disappointed.

My main issue with this book was the lack of sci-fi and abundance of romance. I like more plot with my romance, not the other way around. Things between the characters progressed very quickly and while they never uttered the word love, I felt like it would come out of someone’s mouth soon. This just isn’t the kind of book I’m interested in reading.

Now, I’m a sucker for queer books with queer characters, but I couldn’t get into either character. One was a young Detective named Shannon and he is the youngest in the history of the police department he works for, and he did things throughout that didn’t make sense for a detective who is dedicated to his work. Like not turn in a known thief. The other character was a thief named Aiden. This is the main premise of the book, that two opposites come together and fall in love. My issue with Aiden was he wasn’t this clever thief going around stealing art. The premise of a thief and a cop falling in love was negated by the fact he only tried to steal one time. He had stolen in the past, but after he met Shannon that desire seemed to go away, I don’t know if that changed or not throughout the rest of the book, but that was my experience. I would’ve liked some moral ambiguity with both characters because Aiden seemed more like a sweetheart rather than a morally gray character. That alone would’ve made this more interesting.

There were also inconsistencies with the relationship between Aiden and his brother. It seemed that they had a strained relationship and Aiden deliberately avoids him but then when they meet up for dinner they are very friendly and brotherly with each other. I felt like I had missed something where their relationship had improved.

Very early on the book established the world they lived in with Camellia Clocks and Rose Roads. These are terms we have to interpret what they mean, but 25% into the book I had no idea how these terms came to mean what they meant and I had no idea why this world had established that everyone has a soulmate. I would’ve liked that explanation early on so that I wouldn’t be thinking about it after the characters got together.

That just outlines the issues I had with the book and ultimately why I stopped reading it. I didn’t mean for it to be wholly negative, but I just wasn’t that into it.

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