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I love it when stories manage to mix romance and music, and Mankin definitely managed that in Love Evolution. Finding herself all alone, Avery was ready to do anything to catch a break and find a position as guitarist in a group. When her manager told her Brutal Strength didn’t want a female guitarist, she dressed as a boy, cut her hair, and went to the audition. Of course, after she got the job, there were some awkward moments between her and the lead-singer of the group, Marcus.
Because Avery was a great guitarist, she didn’t get her job out of pity or anything else, however, Marcus felt weirdly good in Avery’s company, and that didn’t always sit so well with him. Love Evolution has a lot of humorous scenes, because Avery was instantly attracted to Marcus, but had to keep everything under a tight lid, as a male guitarist, she could not be seen fawning over the lead singer of the band.
The character development is very well done in Love Evolution, Marcus has a difficult past, including drug use and a stint in a rehab, but he is working very hard to do without. Avery and her brilliant lyrics help Marcus get his song-writing focus back, and in just a few weeks, they have new songs for a full album. That, coupled with the friendships, the surroundings of a band, and very strong family ties made Love Evolution a very good read.
Written in third person point of view, past tense, and with a lot of direct dialogues, Love Evolution was narrated in a way that helped me get to know the characters very well, and I definitely look forward to seeing more of these characters as the series unfolds.
All in all, this is a little refreshing. I did not feel the absence of physical sex. The love story was riveting enough.
While Love Evolution is not a romantic comedy, it does have the parallel theme of romantic love as a main focus. In the same way that Viola was longing for the Duke's love, Avery was desperate for Marcus' love. What began as an intense desire to join Marcus' band Brutal Strength, ended with an equally strong desire to win Marcus' love. Just as Shakespeare showed that love can be painful, Michelle demonstrates the same in her book. Emotional pain is seen in the aspect of Avery being unable to make the moves necessary to capture Marcus' heart. How can Avery ever convince Marcus to love her when she has already made him believe she is a man? The questions that follow the story are "how far can Avery carry this deception before Marcus learns of it and what will happen when he does?"
Again, like Shakespeare, Michelle shows that love is exclusionary. Some characters will not see fruits of their desires to have the object of their interest. Chris, for example, wants Avery but finds only unrequieted love.
There is yet another common theme in the two works. Each story has a happy ending but I shall not elaborate on that. It should be left for the reader to discover.
Michelle Mankin's Love Evolution is unquestionably a book to read. Lovers of romantic novels will find it difficult to lay aside until it is finished. I give it five stars and await her second book in the trilogy. Good job Michelle.
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