Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Infinite Onion by Alice Archer Instagram Tour

The truth is harder to hide when someone sharp starts poking around.

Grant Eastbrook hit the ground crawling after his wife kicked him out. Six months later, in Seattle without a job or a place to live, he escapes to the woods of nearby Vashon Island to consider his options. When he’s found sleeping outdoors by a cheerful man who seems bent on irritating him to death, Grant’s plans to resuscitate his life take a peculiar turn.

Oliver Rossi knows how to keep his fears at bay. He’s had years of practice. As a local eccentric and artist, he works from his funky home in the deep woods, where he thinks he has everything he needs. Then he rescues an angry man from a rainy ditch and discovers a present worth fighting the past for.

Amid the buzz of high summer, unwelcome attraction blooms on a playing field of barbs, defenses, and secrets.

Standalone romance. HEA.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was a long and very slow read for me. I found it difficult to connect with either Grant or Oliver. Grant is homeless after spending most of his adult life living off his wife and doing very little to build a career or develop his interests. His self-pity and learned helplessness are infuriating and he is incredibly rude to most of the adults he interacts with in the book. Oliver is eccentric to the point of potential mental illness, but he spends a good deal of time working as a life coach for other people. Oliver is opinionated, bossy, and lives a very restricted life. There is honestly little to like about either of these men. I love a good antihero, but both these men have nasty streaks that are really unappealing.

I’m ambivalent about this book as a romance. Both men spend more time stalking the other than actually interacting with each other. I don’t think they actually have a civil conversation or touch each other until well past the halfway point of the novel. Sex in this book seems more angry or frustrated than intimate and it was hard for me to find anything sexy about a man who hadn’t bathed in weeks.

Grant’s personal development is more interesting than the romance but it is an infinitely tedious plotline. Very, very slowly, Grant learns that he’s good with kids – but I’m still not sure he has enough sense to be safe with kids. Equally slowly, Grant starts to learn to take responsibility for his life. But honestly, he’s nearly 40. There might have been something sweet and sexy about this book if Grant were a 20-year-old. I really struggled to engage with a man in his late 30s who just needed to grow up and get on with life.

The highlight of this story was the island itself and the quirky community on the island. Oddly for me, I also enjoyed the children who surround Grant and Oliver. Sadly, I just didn’t connect with either Grant or Oliver.

Alice has questions. Lots of questions. Scheming to put fictional characters through the muck so they can get to a better place helps her heal and find answers. She shares her stories with the hope that others might find some healing too. For decades, Alice has messed about with words professionally, as an editor and writing coach. She also travels a bunch. Her home base is Eugene, Oregon.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Infinite Onion by Alice Archer to read and review for this tour.

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