Saturday, September 29, 2018

Release Day Review: Prophet's Pass by Chapman Brown

Title: Prophet's Pass
Author: Chapman Brown
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Category: Contemporary, States of Love
Pages: 112

Dreamspinner Press

Political journalist Aiden McCabe is used to interviewing presidents and world leaders. On a night out with friends, Aiden has a chance encounter with a handsome, enigmatic young man who leaves a lasting impression. Soon after, Aiden is assigned to travel to Utah, where he’ll interview Orson Jensen, a prominent Mormon politician and Republican presidential hopeful. While the Jensens’ faith and values couldn’t be more opposite to Aiden’s urbane, Manhattan disposition, he can’t help but be charmed by the friendly clan… until the stranger Aiden met in the club reappears, and this time with a startling revelation—one that could tear the Jensen family apart, destroy Orson’s political career, and change Aiden’s world forever.

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4 Stars

I really liked Aiden. He was an interesting and likable character. Hunter, I didn’t get to know too well, as the story is told completely from Aiden’s point of view. Hunter, in my opinion, was severely underdeveloped and that’s a shame, because what I learned of his backstory was interesting, as was his struggles as a closeted Mormon. I thought the author missed a great opportunity by not giving Hunter a voice.

This was an interesting story that was well-written and drew me in. I was really intrigued by Aiden’s process of his investigation of the Governor, aka Hunter’s father, as he was getting set to interview him. It was an interesting process to watch.

As for the romance portion of the story, well, it fell really flat. Aiden and Hunter had good chemistry and were hot together, but the relationship felt unfinished. I really hope that perhaps the author will consider revisiting Aiden and Hunter again in the future, perhaps from Hunter’s point of view. *hint hint nudge nudge*

While the romance was lacking and left me wanting, this was still an interesting and enjoyable story that I’d definitely recommend.

*copy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review*

3 Stars!

So in truth, I’m not quite sure how I feel about this one. On one hand, I found the whole idea of Hunter’s struggle to come to terms with who he truly was amidst the circumstances of his family and religion quite fascinating. I’m extremely curious about how Mormon men and women navigate their lives, family and friends as well as their beliefs in a religion that’s known to be adverse to homosexuality. So in those respects, I enjoyed things.

As far as the political aspects of the story, Aiden’s work and views when it came to Orson, I felt underwhelmed and bored. In all actuality, it could’ve been Aiden that I felt underwhelmed about as well. I never truly warmed up to his character or felt a connection to him. I didn’t quite care for his interactions with his friends either and I’m not one hundred percent certain why I never grew to like him.

Finally, and I feel like this is what really left me feeling conflicted over the whole story, the ending. This ending felt so incomplete or unfinished. I needed more, I felt as if I was left hanging and things weren’t completely resolved. Is this the first book and there are going to be more? Are we supposed to come to our own conclusions about Aiden and Hunter? What is going to happen?

Having said that, I guess I will just mark this as an ok read. I’m sure some will love it and some won’t, some will like it and there will probably be others like me. Whatever the case may be, I’m pretty sure the theme will be enticing to many readers.

*copy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review*

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