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Acts of Love Hardcover – December 27, 2016
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A bold story of love and deception, with a fascinating main character―Woman's Own
A fluid and engaging love story with a truly unique heroine―Heat
A refreshing love story about the importance of independence and destiny―Marie Claire
It is a weaving tale of will-they-wont-they that Riley spins here, one that I found myself unable to put down... this novel certainly meets expectations.―The Book Bag
[An] elegantly written debut... Riley is obviously super smart and has an old-fashioned, modernist sort of style that makes you think. I loved it.―Daily Mail
About the Author
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (December 27, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1473637902
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473637900
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.63 x 1.25 x 8.88 inches
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- #1,331,083 in Literature & Fiction (Books)
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In the beginning, especially, I noticed two things: the author was likening the love scenes in her book to other famous moments in literature, and the second was, the author is still very much in love with the hero in the novel. The former was disappointing, and I fault her editor with publishing her book too soon. The latter made the book even more enthralling, and worth every moment spent on it.
The hero Radley has all the strength, power, charisma and ability of an Ayn Rand novel, but even better, he seems very in touch with his heart. His passion for life meets its match in Riley's Bernadette, although she hasn't been able to accept that her lust for life sometimes burns brighter than those around her. Bernadette yearns for safety, even when it bores her; Radley pushes her to reach for the stars, even if she should fall. His unwavering resolve combined with his desire to help Bernadette to meet her potential make him the kind of hero we haven't seen in too long. He doesn't save Bernadette. He attempts to show her how to save herself.
There are so many reasons to like this novel. The masculinity of the male character, and the feminine strength of the female character, lend a charm in an era of fifty shades of domination over a weak female virgin. While some may call the beginning of the novel "derivative", I can see that it's the struggle of a new writer trying to put into words a love that is larger than life. I felt that the author was too hard on her heroine, but I felt that the self-destructive tendencies had been too well explained to leave room for argument. The stairwell scene was beautiful and perfectly executed. Watching movies in the basement became both comforting and sexy under Riley's direction.
I won't tell you about the ending, as I absolutely hope you'll read the book. I can only say that I hope that there is another novel soon.