- File Size: 1159 KB
- Print Length: 519 pages
- Publication Date: December 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MZ5FZ1Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Love's Intensity Kindle Edition
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There is a lot to like about this book that explores the dynamics of an inter-cultural romance between two teens, Brad and Kressa. Brad is an American high school student who has recently lost his mother and struggling to come to terms with his father's remarriage. Kressa is from Mexico and comes to the US, along with her family, to work for the Natalis.
To the consternation of both families, not to mention Brad's friends, Brad and Kressa begin a relationship. Despite the conflict and tension, the relationship begins to flourish, revealing familial secrets that neither Brad, nor Kressa are aware of.
"Love's Intensity" touches on the themes of racism, classicism, bullying, social exclusion, teenage pregnancy, sexual assault as well as parental and spousal abuse. It is a coming of age story that is told from multiple points of view, including the parents of Brad and Kressa who have a subplot of their own.
There are a number of subplots and themes in this work, some that are explained in detail, and others that are left open. At 600 pages, this is a large text and there are some themes that are alluded to in the work, but are left under-developed. Some foreshadowing of the events that unfold would have been welcome and added greater impact to the storyline.
"Love's Intensity" does not have a cliffhanger, but there is plenty of room for a continuation of the story and further examination of matters unresolved. This work is a `clean' romance and recommended for people in their teens, and a Christian audience.
When the reader meets Brad Natali, he is in full-blown rebellion. He misses his deceased mother, hates his step-mother and resents his father. He also doesn't have the time for Kressa Morales and her family, who move into his home as domestics. Even worse, he has to associate with her at school, which causes complications with his friends.
Kressa is unhappy at having to pull up roots and move to the United States because of her mother's job. Her father also has issues with the family's move and doesn't understand the relationship between his wife and her employer.
Both families experience conflict partly because of the attraction between Kressa and Brad. Neither teenager understands the love/hate nature of their relationship, but over time they are drawn to each other.
The story thrives on conflict and several themes run through the book, including bullying, friendship, spousal and parent/child relationships. There is a paranormal angle to the story which makes things interesting. However, I feel the substance of the story could have been conveyed in a lot less pages. I also wasn't sold on the ninja aspect of the storyline. Teenage readers may enjoy the range of emotions that the main characters feel as the relationship develops between Brad and Kressa.
The novel is open-ended, hinting that the story will continue.
A love story, with a little supernatural romance, Love’s Intensity gives the reader an understanding between two completely different characters. In addition, the story weaves in not just the romance between Brad and Kressa, but also the interactions and worries of the parents. Brad and Kressa are two fiercely independent teenagers, struggling to find their place in the world. A love story doesn’t always find its way under such conditions, but when it does, imagine the worry a parent would feel.
While I appreciate hearing other sides of a story, the oftentimes rapid shifting between characters left my mind racing. The book read quickly enough, and the POV shifts are marked by page breaks, still I found myself struggling to figure out whose head I was in. The story between Brad and Kressa is what drives the book.
All in all, Love’s Intensity keeps a sturdy pace and should be an enjoyable read for anyone in search of a good love story.
The author was accurate in titling this book as she depicts love as innocence and intensity as passion.
Love is selfless. It protects and accepts you as you are. And the passion between these characters just runs deeper as love is epitomized through their actions.
The author shows us that as teenagers mature to adulthood that the protection of innocence is transferred from the parents to the children. That responsibility is a constant struggle as the youths discover how to bridle their passion and emotions while remaining true to self. Being true to themselves is not acting on every feeling and emotion that they have in heated moments, but by protecting the ideals that they want for themselves and their future.
Although the characters appear naive in the beginning of the story, they were easily likable and quickly drew you in as they matured. The author also was able to show you that true passion is not unbridled but controllable, and the restraint of such feelings and emotions can honor and respect those that you love. Temperance can create even deeper passion, Intense desire, and true intimacy.
Love's Intensity was a fun read, and reminds the youths of today, that you can wait. And someone who really loves you, will be willing to wait with you.
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