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*I was given a free ARC by the author for an honest review.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 3.8 -- Plot is engaging. Has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus and resolution. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. This was an enjoyable read, with lots of interesting elements. The ending felt a little strange to me, though--the relationship sort of falls apart, and then she stalks him a bit, they talk again, and then boom, we skip a year to the HEA. I was left with some questions and slight disappointment. Setting and timeline are generally well conveyed, though there were a few places where the characters spoke of time in odd ways (referring to time spent with horses over the weekend, when it was actually the weekend before last; saying a birthday wasn't until the end of April when it would've made more sense to say the end of the month, since it was April at the time).
Characters: 4.5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Most minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. I liked both Sterling and Norah, and the ways they each felt drawn to help each other and spend time together. They each had fears and hardships that made them feel real, and I liked how they brought out the good in each other. In general, not a lot of time was devoted to the minor characters, and there were many to split time between when they did appear, but we still get somewhat nuanced character descriptions.
Mechanics and Writing: 4.4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<15/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Good use of POV. Generally skillful writing. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, mild punctuation or formatting issues, some moderately confusing or awkward sentences, and slight inconsistencies with names. I will round up a bit here, however, since I read a version before the final proofreading, and some/all of the errors are likely to be corrected in the final version. POV alternates between Sterling and Norah.
Redeeming Value: 4.2 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though present. No explicit sex scenes. Implied moral guidelines for behavior. Norah (and her brothers) help bring Sterling hope, faith, and purpose again. We also see both Norah and Sterling offering support and love to the troubled teens they work with. I appreciated the glimpses of the continuing struggle with addiction: even after being clean for many years, the sight of the painkillers she used to take still draws Norah in a way, though she resists. I also appreciate how Sterling accepts Norah for who she is, especially in contrast to the rather snotty, reluctant reactions of his family in regards to her class, her past, and perhaps her race. Norah and Sterling do push the moral boundaries a bit as they sneak around, keeping their relationship a secret, and spending probably more time alone in his house than they should.
Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. I’d enjoy reading it again.
LI's a favorite author of mine because she sensitively tackles true life tragedies in her romances; this time it's Drug Addiction. LI's hero & heroine may be physically appealing; but they also have insecurities, & flaws. Norah & Stirling's romance is another inspiring & challenging love story, that I highly recommend you read! I'm really looking forward to Book 3's soon publication.
I received a free copy of this book, & voluntarily chose to review it.
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