Review: Unconditionally by Nell Iris

Flamboyant book café owner Luca Moretti and geeky doctor Gus Hansen have been together for six years when the Supreme Court ruling makes same-sex marriage legal in all states. On June 26, 2015, Gus gets down on one knee and Luca screams yes.

On their wedding day, shortly before the ceremony, Luca’s mother explodes in anger, calling him a freak. The reason? He’s wearing a white veil, sprinkled with crystals.

Their relationship has been strained for a long time, and her words trigger traumatic memories. Instead of walking down the aisle, Luca runs.

Away from his mother. Away from Gus.

Gus counts down the minutes when Luca’s mother comes knocking. He realizes something’s wrong, but when he goes to talk to Luca, his husband-to-be is nowhere to be found.

Can Gus find Luca in time and manage to convince him to come back and get married?


I didn't dislike this story, the three-heart rating is because it isn't everything I wanted it to be. I think I was hoping for something grittier, more emotionally challenging than the sweet romance with a bit of a bump I got.

 And there I go wanting to make a disclosure (is that the right word? My brain is on the blink today) about the whole rating and opinions thing. I rate from my heart - it is truly a personal thing and not necessarily a reflection on the author. I read for enjoyment and that is an extremely personal preference. A book can be perfectly written editorial-wise, and it not grabbing me is no reflection on the author or their writing,more a reflection on me and my preferences.

 I think this book will appeal to lots of people. Hell, if I'd been in a different kind of mood when I read it, it might have garnered a different rating from me. NONE OF THAT IS WITHIN THE AUTHOR'S CONTROL. I was wanting something grittier so for me this didn't measure up, I know it is a good book though, I know a lot of people will five-heart it. I know several readers probably want to slap me round the face with a wet kipper right about now - so I would say, read another review for this book (and stay away from the fish-mongers).

A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.
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  1. Thank you for reviewing my book. And for pointing out something important: that our mood has a huge impact on how we feel about a book. That's the case for me all the time :-)

    Also: thanks for this morning's giggle. I found the wet kipper thing hilarious! :-)

  2. :)
    reading is such a mood related thing! Thank you for giving the chance to review the book. xx