High Contrast by Tess Bowery

High ContrastRate: 3.25 stars
Genre: Contemporary
Publication day: May 3, 2016
Length:  226 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing 

The deepest scars aren’t the ones that show.

Jacob Shain is your average member of Generation Screwed. He has a boring internship, no cash flow, and a tiny NYC apartment he has to share with Ethan, his much-cooler, tattoo-artist twin brother. Not to mention his love life is DOA. At least, until his brother’s shop hires on a new piercer, and Jacob’s humdrum life takes a turn for the weird.

Cody Turner is gorgeous, funny and kind—everything Jacob wants in a boyfriend. Except for the way he refuses to talk about his past, or where he lives, or anything about his personal life.

When Ethan is arrested while on a mission of mercy, the reason Cody is so tight lipped comes to light. And while Jacob and Cody fight to understand the depth of their feelings for one another, the police dogs catch their scent. So does the local mob.

Now Jacob has to make the hardest choice of his life: stay safe like a good boy, or dive headfirst into a world he barely understands…and hope Cody is there to break his fall.

My View: This was my first book by Tess Bowery, and I enjoyed the writing style and the characterization, not only of the MC but the rest of the characters. Everyone involved had a reason to take part of the story, and their background added to it. The pace flowed, and the situations were interesting enough to keep me reading.

One thing I like about contemporary fiction is the opportunity to mix real and unbelievable events. This story started strong, and I had high hopes for it, but near the ending, the unrealistic events took over. They were too many to ignore and too cheesy to keep me invested in the overall story.

The main characters were great together and their relationship lovely. I love how protective Jacob was of Cody and how sweet their interactions were. Their times together were smexy and their nerd moments amusing. Also, Ethan seemed to be the perfect complement for Jacob.

Overall, High Contrast is entertaining enough if you don’t mind suspending your beliefs for a while. The ending was too cliché, but it worked with the rest of the story. The book is unconventional but engaging enough to want more from it. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

What I liked the most: The friendship between the shop’s crew.

I wanted more: Angst.

Who should read it: Fans of new adult stories.

ARC provided by Samhain Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 


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