{Review} Tangled Up in Blue by J.D. Brick

August 21, 2015 New Adult, Reviews 3 ★★★

{Review} Tangled Up in Blue by J.D. BrickTangled Up in Blue by J.D. Brick
Pages: 359
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on January 1st 1970
Series: Ikana College #1
Genres: New Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: Bought

I pull up to my new home and see a tatted-up bunch of trouble sprawled on the front porch...

BlueThe last thing I need in my life is another damsel in distress. No f*ing way I'm going down that road again. All I want is someone to help pay the rent. All I want is to party like there's no tomorrow. And forget the past.

But then she shows up, running through me just like a freight train. She's definitely a distressed damsel, and all my hero instincts start kicking in. I try to play it cool; I try to resist. Somehow, though, she burrows deep under my skin, and I can't even think straight. It's not just that her body turns me into a walking, talking boner. The thing is, I'm wrestling with demons I can barely control, and Keegan's the only one who soothes them.

I want this girl. I need this girl. Deep down, I know that having her could destroy us both. But I just can't stop myself.

KeeganI've got no time for the playboy party animal who has suddenly become my accidental roommate. Even if he's hot. Even if he is intense and seductive and so passionate about his music that watching him play makes my soul sing.
Because he's exactly what I don't need. Except that, dear God, he turns out to be everything I've ever wanted.
Then, he becomes an agonizing mistake. And I've got one hell of a choice to make.

Searing and sexy, Tangled Up in Blue explores the cost of courage, deception and sacrificial love.

Tangled Up in Blue is Book 1 in the Ikana College contemporary romance series. It ends in a cliffhanger. Book 2, Shelter from the Storm, continues (and concludes) the love story of Keegan and Blue.

Tangled Up in Blue contains strong language and adult situations.

Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
NA Review My Thoughts

Tangled Up in Blue is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Ikana College by author J.D. Brick. I really liked that Tangled Up in Blue was told in dual narrative, and I really did like the two main characters- Blue and Keegan. But the story fell a little flat for me. On one hand, the romance was interesting and the story was solidly good. Fans of new adult will enjoy the romance and the college setting. But people who are getting burnt out on new adult, or who dislike new adult that is all the same, this may not be the book for you.

For the record, let me say, that I am not burnt out on New Adult. New Adult contemporary romance is my favorite age group for contemporary romance. But Tangled up in Blue felt very generic as far as new adult romances went. It was good, but it wasn’t anything different to make it stand out in my mind. But now, let’s talk about what I did like in Tangled up in Blue. I liked the set up. I liked that Keegan was thrown into this big party house, which was totally not her scene. It made for lots of built in roommates (characters) for the story. I liked the way J.D. Brick used dramatic elements in this story. She didn’t just keep throwing drama in your face, but it was kind of there in the background, in the form of a kind of sort of ex, Blue’s mysterious past and Keegan’s stalker of course.

The stalker storyline, by the way…totally creeped me out! I would have flipped if that happened to me. Keegan way handling it too calmly in my opinion. So why wasn’t this story a bigger hit with me? Something about Blue’s connection with Keegan felt off. Cheesy maybe? I’m not exactly sure. I liked it, and it has all the ingredients that would make this a new adult hit with me. And while the end result was something that I enjoyed, it didn’t become the home run I was hoping for. The story felt long in parts.

Bottom Line: This is a good, but kind of generic new adult contemporary romance. If you can’t get enough of the new adult genre and like your romances a little on the cheesy side, Tangled up in Blue would be a great pick for you. If you are a little worn out on New Adult, I would say pass on this one. Will I be continuing on in the series? Maybe. I am interested in what is going to happen next, so we will see.


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About J.D. Brick

JD Brick is a pen name. I kind of look like the gal in the picture, but the picture has better legs (no cellulite). I am the author of the Ikana College contemporary romance series. I’ve been a journalist, technical writer and humor columnist.

I’m also a wife, mother, corporate refugee, ever hopeful if seldom successful gardener, and slave to great books, good coffee and red, red wine.

Please visit JDBrick.com for more information.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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3 Responses to “{Review} Tangled Up in Blue by J.D. Brick”

  1. kindlemom1

    I really enjoy dual narratives for romance reads as well. This sounds like it wasn’t perfect but it was still a cute story.
    Great review and have a wonderful weekend Michelle!! 😀

  2. BerkeleyHapa

    Not impressed with the cover–he looks like he is eating her. Also, I wasn’t too impressed with the excerpt, the writing seemed rough to me. I will be taking a pass on this one, maybe I am tired of this genre if this is an example…

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