Review: The D- in 403B by Jess Bryant


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.

My introduction to Jess Bryant's writing came by way of her Fate, Texas books, and it's been a while since my last read from her. When the opportunity to reacquaint myself with her writing came along, I didn't want the opportunity to slip by, and I'm glad I signed up for The D- in 403B. This is basically a standalone, although there appear to be a number of characters from Bryant's past AND future releases here, both in person and in name. Naturally, this makes me curious about all of it, so consider them added to my to-be-read list. But back to THIS new title, which was a lighthearted read with a pinch of angst added to the mix, making it a really good all-around read.

When twenty-eight-year-old veterinarian Brett Coburn moved into his new apartment building, meeting one friendly neighbor made him hopeful that his other neighbors would be just as welcoming. Coming home to a note stuck to his door from one of them had him thinking otherwise. The dickhead in apartment 403B complained about Brett's ex's dog, Sparta, who had been barking incessantly while Bret was at work, making it impossible for the D- in 403B to get any sleep. But it doesn't stop at one, with Brett exchanging notes with twenty-four-year-old artist Callum Ward, aka D, the tone in each new note shifting from furious to flirtatious. Their time together makes it clear theirs is a strong connection, but will Callum's trauma with dogs force Brett to make an unbearable choice?

This was quite an entertaining read. My first impression of Callum shifted over time, going from broody artist to someone who simply wanted to know what it was like to be chosen and not left behind. My heart really went out to him. Of course, the same can be said for Brett, who was someone who had just ended a relationship but still had this hopefulness about him. That's why his being caught in the middle of a situation where he felt a choice needed to be made broke my heart. I loved how these two were together because there was a whole lot of unnecessary drama or hyped up misunderstanding that went on. One of the things I'm not a fan of in books is miscommunication between the main characters that can lead to conflict, and thank goodness there wasn't any of that here. The D- in 403B was exactly what I needed,and bonus points for Star and all the dogs. This gets 4.5 stars. 🖤

Date Read: 08 June 2020

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