Highly recommend! Love stories can often get quite boring and repetitive; A Family Affair stands apart! The added components of comedy and dark humor are a stroke of genius from the author, putting this novel in a class of its own!
A Family Affair is a dramatic romance novel following Cal, a man who has had his heartbroken and is heading home for the holidays. But what was supposed to be just another family holiday turns into a dramatic affair once Cal’s sister shows up with Cal’s ex-boyfriend on her arm. What we uncover as readers is a dramatic past that Cal and Andrew share, and all the ups and downs of their past relationship.
Author Rob Loveless provides readers with a melodramatic gay romance novel that combines humor and authentic human drama in riveting ways. Cal’s character is methodically developed as his past is slowly revealed and we see Andrew’s various trespasses. This is an LGBT love story but I think anyone will be able to relate to the love story, family drama, and the swirling emotions, if not the characters, because the themes explored in the book are universal and revealed in intriguing ways throughout the novel.
Home-for-the-holiday stories are rife with drama and the author knows how to build the drama in real time, slowly revealing things to the reader, to create a story and a main character that is endearing. I loved following Cal’s story because I empathized with him, but at a certain point I wasn’t even sure what would happen next. I love romance stories that give me a warm feeling, I’m a sucker like that, and this story gives readers a touching ending that makes this perfect for light reading, like watching a Hallmark movie, but with a dip into some darker emotions.
A Family Affair is an impassioned romance novel that follows a compelling character as he navigates the emotional hurdles that come with having your heart broken, and then facing the one that broke it. This is an enthralling story that fans of romance books will devour.
Such a good book! It's an easy summer read that'll hit you in the feels. Highly recommend!
A Family Affair made me laugh out loud! The characters are well flushed out and relatable. Despite the cold weather cover, I would definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for an easy summer read!
I didn't know the work of Rob Loveless before and I decided to read this book because the idea of the story seemed pretty catchy for me.
I loved the way that the author worked on Cal's feelings. It was a mix of emotions, but also humour and twists.
Usually, I don't read books that contains infidelity, but I decided to give a try and I must say it was a different experience for me.
I would recommend A Family Affair to everyone that is looking for a fun, fast-read. I'm sure I will look for new releases from this author!
Well that was a pleasant surprise! Just scrolling through NetGalley the other day, and I came across A Family Affair. New author Rob Loveless (this looks like it’s his first published novel) puts his unique spin on an awkward family situation. Your ex is your sister’s new boyfriend? Plus, I’ll admit, the words “darkly humorous” in the précis grabbed my attention.
Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down, and I tore straight through A Family Affair. Loveless’ style is engaging and easy to read. It’s an entertaining story with well developed characters and complex, interesting relationships. The timing, the dialogue, and the humor all work.
My only complaint is that Cal’s ruminations became a bit repetitive. I started wondering if I was that obsessive in my early 20’s…? Though I guess if I’d been treated the way Cal was, by a jerk like Andrew, then I might have been.
Mr. Loveless lets the tale unfold in real time, and pops in a few flashbacks so we get to watch while Cal grows to realize how poorly he’s being treated by Andrew. What a player! This guy deserves everything he gets, and more.
The last two chapters are fantastic with a wonderful confrontation, and reconciliation, between the siblings. And a happily-for-now ending that I think pleases us all. Definitely looking forward to whatever Rob Loveless brings us next.
This is the first book in quite a long time that I read from start to finish. Not because it's a quick read, but really because the author really wrote something that I can connect with. That connection happens so quickly that you're drawn in and you want to know what happens to Cal in the end. There are so many relatable characters in the story, from the main character's daily life after graduation all they way to the best friend's words of wisdom to help guide him. Rob wrote a story that I would think any LGBTQIA person can relate to and you won't be disappointed at how it all turns out in the end.
It was a quick and easy read, because once I started I simply couldn't put it down! While it is a work of fiction, you can easily relate to the main character and the situations he finds himself in as a gay man. It pulls you in right away and keeps you engaged and wanting more! I highly recommend this book and look forward to more from this author!
A Family Affair is essentially a book about pining, self-discovery, and the need for closure. Cal is still pining for Andrew after a disappointing ending to a...not-really-relationship. Three and a half years after Andrew ditches him, Cal is finally thinking he's got his life back on track. Which is, of course, the perfect time for Andrew to show back up and derail that train. The story jumps back and forth between the present and the past in an effort to slowly give the details and add to the mystery of what actually happened between Cal and Andrew.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much time spent on the relationship and practically no dialogue between the two - just a lot of fade to black. This led me to really be annoyed and not understanding AT ALL about why Cal was so into this dude! Eventually, it becomes clear it isn't so much about Andrew at all. Rather mostly about Cal and his internal struggles. And then you want to just give him a hug and let him know it'll all be okay.
While this book has its fair share of angst and frustration, there are also some wonderfully funny and sweet moments. There were a few points while reading that I laughed out loud and even did some fist-pumping. I've not read anything else written by Rob Loveless before, but I would recommend this book.
The first novel I have read from Rob Loveless and I thought it was great! Gives me N. R. Walker vibes.
The story centres around Cal who is still hung up on his ex Andrew. He thinks he is nearly over him until he turns up at Cal’s family house as his sisters boyfriend!
Full of twists and turns this quick read is perfect for fans of the romance genre.
It will make you laugh out loud and cry in equal measure.