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This is the first book I've read by Lorelie Brown, but I can assure you that it won't be my last.
I actually could be a little too emotional, having just finished reading, that it might be the wrong time to write this review. There is so much buzzing around in my head that it's hard to come up with a coherent thought.
So lets do this a different way...
Two well-developed--no pun intended--main characters; check.
Great secondary characters; check.
Just the right amount of conflict; check.
A great romance that left me on the verge of tears at the end; check.
If I was forced to come up with a criticism, I would have to say that the story was too short. Unfortunately, I was so desperate to see the HEA that I would have been frustrated if the book was any longer.
All that to say, buy this book now.
It starts kind of the middle of things and we are pretty deep in Rachel's head so it is a bit disorienting at first. However, this feeling passes quickly and it is easy to give myself over to the exquisiteness of Brown's writing and her intricately built character driven romance.
Brown plays with one of my favorite theme's the marriage of convenience. Pari needs a green card marriage to go into business for herself and Rachel needs help with bills to get out from under her student loan debt.
Pari has more power in many ways but she never ever belittles Rachel. I can't tell you how hot that is. Well, maybe I can. It is volacnic lava hot. Pari is just plain burning sexy anyway as we see her through Rachel's eyes but she isn't perfect and that makes her all the more lovely.
Rachel struggle with an eating disorder in the novel. The love story is a detailing of living and loving in recovery and not always winning. This aspect of the book is powerful.
The romance is everything. I don't want to give anything away but it is no way "gay for you" which makes me a little nuts as a queer person and as reader. I side eye those books hard even though I sometimes read them.
The cast of characters is great as is the SoCal setting. The inter culture aspects of the romance are well done as is a look at late twenties, early thirties living Being deep in Rachel's POV, we don't get as much from Prvi as I might like but I think this POV was the right choice for this story.. The plot is well paced, lush, painful, tender, and with a great realistic closing.
I want to reread it and I am thrilled this is a series and I will get to see this couple in other books as their friends have their own stories. I bought the next book and I read this on Overdrive from the library but I just bought my own copy because I know this will be a comfort reread.
So! Woo hoo! A Five Star Read! Happiness!
The story is well written with a flowing narrative and likable characters. The pacing and chemistry between Pari and Rachel is not a slow burn but it's not insta-love, either. It's a believable unfolding of a unique relationship. And, Rachel's battle with anorexia was handled very well as the story is told from her POV and we get a sensitive insight into the psychology behind her disorder.
Overall, the book is a well blended mix of drama, humor, romance, steaminess, and hope.
Well done. 4.3 stars.