Life in Chaos

Rated 4.71/5 based on 7 reviews
When Shawn finds out he could die, there is only one person he wants by his side: Andrew. Only problem is Andrew broke up with him six months ago. More
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Words: 11,430
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476317311
About Kathleen Hayes

Kathleen Hayes is a bit of an all around geek. She has mastered the art of procrastination, is owned by two crazy cats and is excited to have just added a fellow super geek to her clan. Kathleen loves to explore worlds – whether in her head or on page. She welcomes you into her worlds and hopes you have as much fun there as she does!

She writes M/M Romance and poetry. Check her out at her blog, Romacing the Word! She loves to hear from y'all so if you have questions/comments/feedback comment on her blog, message her on goodreads or email her at

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Review by: KaraSkinner on Oct. 07, 2016 :
Shawn and Andrew love each other, but Shawn’s family holds him back. Shawn knows he can’t ever reveal Andrew to them without risking being disowned. But Andrew isn’t willing to settle for a half-relationship. And they break up because of it.
But when Shawn finds out he has cancer, he knows there’s only one person he wants by his side.
I was pretty curious about this story because of all the good reviews on Smashwords. And it’s not a bad story. Shawn and Andrew are both really affectionate to one another and have a good relationship. And since I’m a huge nerd, I loved all of the Firefly references. But this story left me wanting more. Of everything.
An easy thing to do with a shorter story is to have an underdeveloped story. And Life in Chaos is no exception.
It was difficult for me to get invested in the characters. We see absolutely nothing about Shawn’s and Andrew’s relationship before they break up, and there isn’t much about Shawn’s home life, either.
What happens with Shawn’s mom is really unsatisfying as well. I would have loved it if she actually fought to have a relationship with Shawn instead of giving up. If she came to find him and even sought comfort with Andrew during Shawn’s surgery, then she could have eventually accepted the relationship at least on some level.
Having her come back only to go away doesn’t even act like another slap in the face to Shawn, nor does it give Andrew a deeper understanding to Shawn’s home life. Her reappearance is just another reason why this feels like a first draft. The author didn’t know what to write, so she just threw the mom in to keep the story going.
On top of that, we barely find anything out about Shawn and Andrew themselves. Aside from being nerdy, we don’t know their likes or interests, or even what they do for work.
Shawn and Andrew are like paper dolls instead of real people. Despite the powerful plot of dealing with homophobic parents and cancer, I didn’t care that much about either Shawn or Andrew. It was impossible to when I’m not even allowed to get to know them.
What we do learn about them is their strong love for each other and the strong emotional connection they have. And it’s great. This is a romance novel with a healthy relationship, which is definitely commendable. And the marriage proposal could not be more perfect.
But it gets so angsty. I was actually surprised that Shawn was 32 because I had been picturing him as a college student at oldest. After Shawn gets estranged from his parents, I kept picturing him living on the street accidentally.
I had to keep reminding myself that he’s a fully functioning adult who’s able to support himself because he acts like a teenager all the time. Not once do we see him doing adult things like going to work or paying bills. Instead he obsesses over Andrew and thinks about how much he loves him, and dwells on the cancer. Granted, having only a 30% chance to live is a darn good thing to dwell on.
But without anything to balance it all out, he feels like an angsty teenager in love for the first time.
I think this story is worth 3 stars. It was entertaining to read and the healthy relationship is worth a lot in my book (there’s almost always some unhealthy/undesirable aspect in the romance novels I read. Not here). And the Firefly references made me very happy about this story.
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Review by: Paula Paulo on May 31, 2015 :
I wasn't expecting to cry. And more than once. This book is so intense and so well written.
I didn't know the author, but feel this was a wonderful introduction. The characters are so believable, even the minor characters. Thank you for this story.
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Review by: Novella Girl on March 05, 2014 :
Wonderfully amazing story; it sent me on an emotional rollercoaster. one minute I was near tears then I was angry the sad again then rolling around my bed smiling! Wonderful story!!!!!
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Review by: Gigi Vu on March 28, 2013 :
Amazing!!! Had me crying and wanting to reread again.
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Review by: auntyrob on Nov. 02, 2012 :
A wonderful story....keep the tissues handy!!
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Review by: Catona Spyker on Aug. 14, 2012 :
Great story. Amazing in every way full of trials and love.
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Review by: Sabrina Fucile on July 18, 2012 :
Great story. Beautifully written. I will definetly read it again. Not many books can move you emotionally. This one made me cry.
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Review by: Sabrina Fucile on July 18, 2012 : (no rating)
Great story. Made me cry.
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