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Bella Notte Paperback – November 21, 2011
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Jesse now lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere. She moved from the chaos of Los Angeles. Yes, she misses it. It is not uncommon for her to be asked why she moved from such a busy place to the one horse town- the answer is simply to allow her kids to grow up with their grandparents.
Jesse has studied anthropology and used her "education" as an excuse to hang out with vampires- her masters' thesis was going to be modern vampire culture. They really do exist. Vampires have been her obsession since she was about five years old when she swears she was bitten by one.
She enjoys reading and writing. But most importantly being a crazy mom to her son, new daughter, and ever growing pet family. Singing silly songs at the top of her lungs and embarrassing her son is one of her favorite activities. She considers herself to be an odd duck.
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I am not going to spend this whole review comparing the two books but if anyone is looking for a HUGE difference, lets starts with our heroine. Bella is weak, pathetic and indecisive. Emma is independent, feisty and adventurous. Unfortunately, Emma's family have chosen to keep her destiny a secret, so, apart from her dreams, she has no idea who she really is and when she falls in love with Mike she makes her life difficult. Jesse Kimmel-Freeman constantly hints at the changes to come for the both of them, and as the reader I felt like shouting 'how can you not know?' but I think Emma is denial.
The romance between Emma and Mike is innocent but intense, and despite the appearances of Acacia and Dominic the feelings between them still linger. However during Emma's stay in Italy and the time she spends with Dominic the reader sees her developing, becoming more confident and carefree. The emotion between them grows slowly and possibly begins with lust on Emma's part, but their relationship is much more honest.
Yes, Bella Notte is a YA para-romance but it is distinguishable from its counterparts because this story is intense, complicated, beautiful and clever. Jesse Kimmel-Freeman does not concentrate upon trying to scare her reader with a vampire horror story, but she focuses upon building her characters and her plot so that the reader wants to continue Emma's story on into the sequel, which exactly what I intend to do as I start Bella Vita!
I received this as a review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.