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- Publication Date: June 30, 2020
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B087WWR8YT
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The story starts with a bang by showing the relationship's eventual demise. Knowing that things aren't going to end well for these two gives this story a bittersweet tone when we start to see their relationship from the start. But the "sweet" outweighs the "bitter" if you ask me and I was totally in love with these two.
The first few chapters were a little bumpy for me. I thought their hot and cold attraction was a little too cold on Farah's end; I didn't really see how she would be attracted to Blake besides his physical appearance. But once those deeper feelings started to come to the surface as they spend more time together, I was really onboard with their romance. It kinda went from 0 to 100 though and I would have liked another chapter of them hanging out as friends to really cement their connection.
But I just loved how real their romance was. They struggle a little with their intimacy and I really appreciated how that was all handled. I thought that was a real approach for a character like Farah who really hasn't had that stronger physical intimacy before. I find a lot of romances portray the virginal heroine as some one who is immediately great in bed in all aspects so it was refreshing to watch these two explore that deeper connection together and talk about it.
And the setting--I've always wanted to go to Shanghai but this has me really dying to explore it!
I will admit, I shed a tear or two near the end even knowing how it would end early on still didn't prepare me for how much I would feel for their inevitable breakup. I can't wait to see their second chance!
**I received an ARC/review copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.**
Writing 5 Stars - The writing in this story is fantastic. Ana Huang has a beautiful way with words that made it so enjoyable to read this story.
Characters 3.5 Stars - I liked Farrah, but Blake was just okay. A lot of the things he said were corny and cheesy, which made it hard for me to connect with him. When he put down his guard and was sincere, he was absolutely sweet.
The supporting cast of characters were fun, but there were SO many of them. I lost track of who was with who, and who looked like what. It was often difficult to differentiate between them.
Plot 3 Stars - I had difficulty grasping any plot for most of the book. It kinda just felt like I was on a journey, which is fine, but for me it made the book a bit harder to enjoy.
Setting 5 Stars - I LOVED the setting. Every scene was painted well, and so many places in Shanghai were used as a backdrop.
Unputdownable factor 4 Stars - With the first 2/3 of the book, I never felt the strong urge to keep reading (possibly due to what I mentioned about the plot). But the last 1/3 of the book I read quickly.
Dialogue 5 Stars - Dialogue flowed well, no complaints.
In conclusion, you will enjoy this book if you enjoy well-written, slow burn romance novels with steamy heat that bring you on a journey. This book is the first in a duology, and doesn’t end in a happily ever after yet. It’s promised in book two though. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for this honest review.
“And now that she’d walked amongst the stars, how could she not believe in fate?”
This painted such a great picture of what studying abroad in China may look like through the eyes of young, impressionable college kids. The writing was beautiful and I really got caught up in it all.
In Shanghai, a group of American college students from all over the country become part of FEA (foreign education academy). Among them is Farrah, who wants nothing more than to become an interior designer. Blake is a Texas boy who left his football career, ex girlfriend and his father’s respect behind when he joined this group.
The two of them shouldn’t work. According to Farrah, they will never work, since he is anything BUT her type. But he eventually charms her and so starts their whirlwind romance. Everything is viewed through rose colored glasses for a few months, but after a holiday trip home to Austin, Blake does something that changes everything.
I loved how supportive Farrah and Blake were of each other. They encouraged each other to seek their dreams and not what other people wanted for them. There were times though, when I would get annoyed at the naivety of Farrah... but would always remind myself that she is a young college student and she has every right to be a little naive.
I absolutely cannot wait for the next book! This one ended with a short excerpt of the next book and I am totally hooked!!!!!