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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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She runs into Michael, the love of her life when she was a teenager. He broke her heart and now, 8 years later, she runs into him and his incredibly intelligent and sweet child.
There is a love interest for Lauren whom I almost preferred her to end up with. He seemed perfect for her.
She has too much history with Michael and the history of their relationship seemed to bring them together, more than their current interaction. The child, Erin, is overly intelligent and articulate. The author uses the child's character to propel Lauren and Michael together. It's overly contrived and I wish that Erin was written more closely to reality of a child her age.
In my opinion, Michael doesn't do enough to show that he is worthy of Lauren's trust and forgiveness. Yes, he is a great dad, but the love for a child is different than one for a spouse. I wish more was written of Michael's character to show his growth from his teenage years as a trustworthy and overall worthy adult that Lauren can build a life with.
Lauren and Michael's teenage experience was interesting and kept me captivated. Loved reading about the growth of their relationship and love for each other. Michael respects Lauren a lot and it is apparent in his actions.
I was fine reading this book - but will most likely not read it again.
There's nothing original in the premise. Troubled, angry hero meets sweet, beautiful heroine in high school and an unlikely friendship forms. A few years later, the friendship becomes something more one night and the following day the hero vanishes - ostensibly to protect the heroine from his bad self. In his defence, the boy has had a rough go most of his life, but can't see the forest for the trees.
Told in flashbacks after a chance meeting eight years later, we learn who Michael (Del) and Lauren were as kids and who they've become in the space between. And the progress is slow and fairly low-key, up until past the 80% mark, but it delivers the feels in its own time.
This is a slow-burn romance, but they eventually get their HEA. It's very sweet and believable, but matter-of-fact rather than exciting.
My biggest complaint with the book was the portrayal of Michael's almost 4 year old daughter. No child that age is so articulate or reasonable, and she should have been aged up to at least 6 or 7. Also, it's not likely a woman who taught preschool for a living would leave the house with a sick 3-and-a-half year old alone and unattended in the living room while the child's father slept in the bedroom.
The book is narrated in third person, mostly in Lauren's POV, and perhaps that is why I felt pretty detached from the characters. But the story is a simple read and the sexual content is late in the story and not graphic. The language is mild as well and there are few glaring editing issues. This is a perfect book for a break from all the OTT drama and explicit, nonstop sex that seems to be all the rage these days.