Book Review: Complicated Relationships – Southern Devotions Series #3 by Amy K. McClung 8



Title: Complicated Relationships
A Southern Devotions Series Standalone
Author: Amy K. McClung
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2017




Tristan Jacob’s life is full of complicated relationships. Having been hurt by love and loss, and with his focus on taking care of his younger sister, Macy, for the past five years, it was safer to put his romantic life on hold.
But he’s finally ready to find the girl of his dreams.
When an auburn-haired beauty captures his attention, Tristan doesn’t realize she has a connection to the woman who broke his heart. Will he get his happily ever after? Or will the complications prove to be too difficult to overcome?
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My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:



I realized it didn’t hurt to say I loved her anymore. On this day the sky seemed bluer, the lake clearer, the trees a deeper shade of green.


We’re still new. Even if she forgives me, there won’t be any aisle walking for a while except at the grocery store.


I know I told you to give me time, but I’m a woman, and we rarely mean what we say.



My Review:


Most people have had friends and relationships that were more challenging than others, more demanding, complicated, more difficult to maintain, tolerate, accommodate, etc.; and like me, maybe you had wondered if they were worth the extra effort. In my case, some were and some weren’t. I’ve bailed on more than a few and I am not ashamed to acknowledge that fact as some people are worse than vampires and not worth the donation of my blood or time. But luckily for the people in this story, their connections were worth the extra complications and persistence. I’ve now read all three books in this series and Complicated Relationships was the more angsty and melancholy of the three as the characters were saddled with considerable drama and trauma, the type no one wants to happen to anyone, friend or foe. As a teen, Tristan had shouldered crushing family responsibilities that most would have walked away from, although he wasn’t perfect. I have enjoyed Ms. McClung’s comfortable and easy writing style. Her storylines were emotive, entertaining, amusing, steamy, effortless to follow, and featured relevant issues in an insightful and observant manner. Each book involved all the characters from the previous installments while also possessing strong legs and capable of standing alone. I appreciated that as I despise cliffhangers and reveled in the continuation of events and involvement of the endearing and delightfully sweet characters from previous books.



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Author Bio


Amy McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls and occasionally suffers from middle child syndrome. She met the love of her life online in August of 2004, on his birthday of all days, and married him in September 2005.

Currently, they have no human children only the room full of colorful robots that transform into vehicles and the large headed Pop Funko’s who represent their favorite characters. Collecting movies, shot glasses, Pop Funkos, and dust bunnies are some of her favorite pastimes. She began writing in September of 2011 and independently published her first YA novel called Cascades of Moonlight, Book one of the Parker Harris Series the following May. Her first book was a means of therapy for her as it enabled her to escape reality for a
while during a difficult transition in her life.  



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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Complicated Relationships – Southern Devotions Series #3 by Amy K. McClung

  1. Reply Swibells Dec 5,2017 5:12 am

    The male lead shares the name of two of my most favorite characters. Am I crazy in wanting to read this book just because of that?? :p

  2. Reply The Book Recluse Review Dec 5,2017 9:08 am

    Thank you for sharing. It looks interesting!

  3. Reply theabominablebookgirl Dec 5,2017 5:16 pm

    I am starting to believe you have a thing for southern romances…

  4. Reply Katie @ Book Ink Reviews Dec 5,2017 6:44 pm

    I adore when things start heavy and love makes things light. Plus, Southern Romances a perfection in my book!

  5. Reply Megan @ Ginger Mom Dec 5,2017 7:37 pm

    This sounds like a great series, one I am definitely eager to try out 🙂 loved your review!

  6. Reply Gayathri Lakshminarayanan Dec 6,2017 2:56 am

    Great review. Such light reads would my choice to get over a reading slump, I will look into it.

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