This was not the sequel to Inside Affair that I expected. Breaking News‘ disparity to its prequel was in fact rather striking.
Synopsis: This is writing describing Sean and Xander from Inside Affair. That’s it really.
It all started out alright with the aftermath of the dramatic events that concluded Inside Affair (which was a horrible cliff-hanger, just FYI). It was just enough of angst and worry, combined with the fact that Xander and Sean, who just started getting serious, still weren’t out as a couple to their family and friends.
The way Xander cared for Sean was cute and I thought it was a nice segue into them getting closer in a less strained way than during their forced proximity in the first installment. But apart from that, nothing much was happening. There was no story line.
Ella Frank is without a doubt a skilled writer, but storytelling-wise, her books are starting to resemble serials rather than series. And that’s such a shame. I get that a series with short installments will earn her a bigger check in the end, but it’s bloody insulting to her readers who are counting on full-length novels with actual plots and events forming a cohesive story.
The writing plodded along. I don’t think it’s correct calling it a story at this point. And Xander was having anxiety attacks because of the events in the first installment. The solution to that was apparently for Sean – who had recuperated enough now – to whisk him away for a sex-cation (or whatever you call a vacation with the one and only purpose of doing as much dicking-out as possible).
At this point I was bored out of my mind, still waiting for some kind of plot development. There was none.
Finally, in the last chapter, there was a bit of a commotion that I guess was meant to pique your interest for the sequel. But it involved a character who’s introduction had been rather superficial and generic, and I wasn’t particularly interested in what would come next. In other words, Breaking News ended in an unremarkable *meh*.
So no, I’m not impressed by this read. I won’t read the third and final installment and I probably won’t read anything more written by Frank either.