Sunday, June 5

Review: Conflicted by Ruby Black

Title: Conflicted
By: Ruby Black
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
The BookWhisperer's Rating: 2 books (still can't find the graphic)

She’s the only one I’ve ever needed and the only one I’ll never have.

The only problem is…she’s my best friend.

I’ve always felt the connection, but I just can’t go there. Not with her. She deserves better than what I can offer her. So I drown myself in women and booze, certain I’m doing the right thing, keeping her at a distance.

Or so I thought.

When Lacey tells me about the internship she’s scored with a hotshot criminal attorney, I’m happy for her. This could make her career. If anyone deserves success, it’s her.

Then I learn who her new ‘mentor’ is.

My father.

Now, the secrets I’ve been keeping may cost me the very friendship I’ve been trying to protect.

While I feel like Conflicted had a good start of a plot, something that could have really been twisted and contorted in a magnificent way, I felt like it fell shy of its potential. 

The characters Lacey and Lucas I just didn’t understand.  They have been close friends throughout their childhood and into their young adult years but they didn’t act like friends.  Both were very wishy-washy in the commitment of their friendship.  Lacey was way too forgiving to Lucas when he would just desert her.  The night that they go out and celebrate her internship, he takes her to a strip bar and lets her walk home at 1 o’clock in the morning is the moment I knew that it is not a true friendship because what friend does that? What friend, who has a crush on you but can’t tell you, does that? How in the world can he care for her when he lets her do something dangerous like that?  He also has a bad habit of getting too worked up and either leaving her or being a jerk to her.  I would say that if he were my friend, we wouldn’t have made it past a year of friendship with his attitude towards me.

Then there is Lacey, who just takes his horrible example of friendship, and only comments on it passive-aggressively.  But that is not what this story is about – even though it plays a part in my rating.

The story is about Lacey getting an internship with Lucas’s father, a man who he hates.  Lucas never tells Lacey that Aaron is his father or why he hates him.  He never tells her that it is a bad idea for her to get wrapped up in him.  And on a side note, I would think this would be something that friends would divulge to their best friend and especially if they had feelings for said best friend.  While Lacey learns a lot from her internship, she also develops a crush on Aaron and he develops a crush on her.  This left my head spinning because while Lacey longs for Lucas, she is making out with his father.  While Lucas is hating his father and longing for Lacey, he does nothing about his feelings for either.  While Aaron is using Lacey to get to Lucas, he starts to like Lacey. 

In the end, it just wasn’t for me.  Lacey was just too forgiving of everyone in her life.  She never stood up for herself and I need my female lead to be strong and brilliant.  Lucas was just rude all the time.  I dig broody and secretive but I felt that he could have saved Lacey a lot of hurt if he just opened up at first…and if he wasn’t such a bad friend. 

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