Full disclosure: I won both Entanglement and Tranquility from the Turbulence series in a giveaway!
For those of you sensitive to: depictions/implications of mental illness, childhood trauma, child abuse, alcoholism (parental), assault, and sexual assault, please be advised that these themes are present in Entanglement.
Our journey starts with Brit Delany, a gifted photojournalist, returning to Ireland on holiday to be reunited with two familiar faces from her past: Jasper and Sean. They grew up together and formed something of an inseparable bond. One that was tested by both distance, and childhood folly. Her return isn’t as she imagined it would be. Jasper and Sean don’t seem to be as close as they once were — Sean doesn’t seem as warm as she remembers. In a way, she had always belonged to them both. In ways she can’t even begin to fathom yet. We learn about a dark past. We see the bitterness brought about by rejection, jealousy, and betrayal. But most of all, we learn about the love shared between the three.
I will start by saying that this book was beautifully written. I cannot say that I found a single fault in her writing style. It was a pleasure to read and drew me in on the first page. I devoured this book, cover to cover.
I loved the premise — I’ve always been a sucker for these kinds of love stories. Especially when jealousy is involved. It probably says a lot about me, but, hey, no one is perfect.
I adored that Sean and Jasper were two completely different people, serving as stark comparisons to each other. One wild, and carefree, the other burdened, and structured. I did enjoy seeing how the three grew up to be so different. I enjoyed seeing what they brought out in each other. Though, it was clear, very early on, that the dynamic was very broken from what it once was.
There is a rather sizable twist at the end of the book (one that leaves you on one hell of a cliffhanger). I had to take a bit of a pause before starting the next book, but I did, quite quickly, pick it up.
It’s been a while since I’ve explained how my rating system works, so I’d like to take a moment to explain. When I review, I like to leave an objective rating based on: story, writing, etc. Personal feelings don’t factor into my final rating.
In short, I’m not going to yuck somebody’s yum. Just because something isn’t meant for me doesn’t mean it won’t be meant for anyone. So, I “grade” based on what I can objectively see about the story. In some instances, I’ll share my personal thoughts, but only when I feel they are pertinent to readers who may feel similarly to me.
That all being said, there were some aspects to this story that were not particularly to my (me, my own, personal) liking. To me, this book falls a bit too close to dubcon (you can read more about dubious consent here). There wasn’t much in the way of expressly communicated consent. Not verbally, certainly. Brit was a virgin who had a distinct lack of understanding about her own desires/gratification, and when she was experiencing sex for the first time, she barely understood what she was feeling/what was happening. If these sorts of themes cause discomfort or upset, I would recommend approaching Entanglement with caution.
Overall, Entanglement was a beautifully written, riveting story. For those of you who love dark romance, you will definitely adore this book!
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