Review: Hickey by Cora Brent

Reviewed by Shelly

My first from Cora Brent and while I usually stay away from college themed stories, I’m a fan of the married couple theme. There was a lot in this that should have worked, but I thought it fell short. Cecily and Branson married when they were 18. They weren’t the typical high school sweethearts; instead it was a whirlwind romance that lasted a few months before marrying. As with many marriages in that age-group, these two didn’t last.

Seven years later, Branson’s discarded from the Army and Cecily is in her final stretch of college. A unbeknownst to most, including Cecily, Branson’s been keeping tabs on his ex-wife all these years. Branson’s decided its time for a reunion and heads west. Cecily, having left from Ohio by way of Pennsylvania, is an RA for freshmen at her college (she needs the free rent). Finding out that her ex-husband also attends the same college and lives in the same dorm comes as a surprise, to say the least.

After their impromptu reunion, Cecily immediately begins to show her a*s. It’s been seven years, but her emotions come to the surface like their separation and divorce is a recent thing. It threw me back a little because I expected… heck, I don’t know what I expected, but I’m not sure why yelling was the go to.

This really could have been an interesting tell, but the way it’s told is primarily in flashbacks. All of the marriage is told in flashback. All of it including their pseudo courtship. To me, it seemed that Branson’s motivation for pursuing Cecily was to get over his boredom. He’s the man-whore star football player who never paid Cecily any attention during their time in school. It wasn’t until he’d already injured his knee in a car accident and was told that football was no longer an option. Seeing no future for himself, Branson goes to work for his father at his used car lot. And of course, after Branson starts paying attention to her, Cecily easily falls for his game. I guess it was decent game.

The sex was good. The marriage – not so much. Neither Cecily nor Branson had good relationships with their parents and I’m not sure if that was too much of a hurdle for their teenage minds to see and process what a good vs bad marriage looked like. Suffice it to say, they had a lot of problems stemming from their own insecurities. Cecily about her desires to create art and Branson about his lack of a future (his plan B was a spur of the moment decision.)

There’s a lot of tell for Branson and Cecily’s past that made for fun reading. But that was seven years ago. I wanted to know more about them today. I wanted more about them being in each other’s presence today. I wanted to see them have reasonably decent conversation about their lives today. That’s what I wanted to see. The present stuff is almost glossed over, well except for the ‘hookup’ that’s described in the blurb. Even before that, sadly I wasn’t vested in either of these people. And I found the further the story tried to take me the less I cared.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: C

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Cora Brent
Release Date: April 6, 2017


  1. I am not sure how I feel about all the flashbacks, I mean understand why they are put in, however it feels like they are put in way too much here.

    • Shelly Browne says:

      Their present day ‘romance’ didn’t start until about 80% in. By then I’ve already mentally checked out.

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