After reading ‘Avoiding Responsibility’, I simultaneously read ‘Avoiding Decisions’ while listening to ‘Avoiding Intimacy’. Of all the books in the series, ‘Avoiding Decisions’ was the only one that was not available in Audible format. I like to start and finish a series in the same format, so that kind of bugged me…but not nearly enough to keep me away. This series is my latest addiction!
Unlike the other books in the series, ‘Avoiding Decisions’ wasn’t really a full-length book. It is a compilation of two “novellas” really. While I enjoyed every minute of it, it read like an “extra” or “bonus material” vs. an actual book.
The first part of ‘Avoiding Decisions’ describes Jack and Lexi’s first encounters from Jack’s POV. Reading this helped me to understand some of his actions, even if I disagreed with his choices. I needed reassurance that Jack’s feelings for Lexi were sincere after everything he’d put her through. This book gave me that.
Likewise, the second part of ‘Avoiding Decisions’ provides Ramsey’s account of his first encounters with Lexi. In much the same way as Jack’s story convinced me that he had real feelings for Lexi, Ramsey’s story did not. If anything, his story confirmed my suspicions that Lexi was a fill-in for Parker and that he was never really in love with Lexi.
That being said, this book only covered a very brief period of time from the POVs of either Jack or Ramsey. It is quite possible that Ramsey later came to love Lexi very much, as he professed. It is also possible that Jack later fell out of love with Lexi, as this book only provided a brief glimpse into the beginnings of these relationships and did not follow them for the entire course of their relationships.
My only gripe is that I still feel like Lexi was never enough. Jack supposedly loved her, but still didn’t care enough to make her a priority. Why were her feelings always less important than everyone else’s? It drove me nuts!
This was a very quick read and well worth it if you’re a fan of the series. Like the other books in this series, I ate this one up. I cannot get enough of this sordid, angsty, drama-fest! I just love it!