"The Other Woman" by Sandie Jones
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One of my inspirational romances, Princess is a new adultfiction work that explores prejudice and the ways we use or hide our talents. Heather and Anthony excel in their respectivefields--academics and basketball. ButHeather doesn't feel "seen or acknowledged" for her gifts and talents whileAnthony gets all the glory. However,when she begins to really get to know him, she realizes there is a lot more toAnthony than the scowling guy on the giant posters. In fact, maybe he's a lot more like her thanshe would ever have realized.
One of the things that draws me to writing romance is thatin the safe spaces where love grows, we can learn about ourselves. Sometimes what we see will be enlightening,sometimes frightening, and sometimes it will cause us to rethink all thosethings we've held as just-how-things-are.It's so easy to judge someone else when you don't know them. It's so easy to be jealous, angry, and pettyuntil you realize that they are flesh and blood with feelings and trials youknow nothing about.
This is one of those romances that, while being a great lovestory, is also a great lesson--in looking at how we treat others and why. I truly believe this is one of thoseinspirational books that while not being strictly "Christian" (i.e. no sermonsor church services) will leave us questioning if our fear is preventing us fromreally loving others as openly and honestly as we should be.
Anthony Russell is the star college basketball player, and Heather Nolan hates him for having it made for just being a jock. All the fierce posters of him all over campus just fuels her anger. Here she is about to have to quit school because of finances, and this muscle man has life easy on just his brawn. When her English professor offers her $200 dollars a week to tutor a guy, she jumps at the opportunity. When she find out it’s Anthony, she almost chokes. What she isn’t prepared for is how nice the guy is. However, campus life is difficult at best, and Heather has her stumbling blocks as she searches for her Prince Charming among all the toads.
I loved this story. Although it developed slowly, the characters are wonderful and the plot interesting because Anthony and Heather spend so much time together studying. However, it is more worldly than any I’ve ever read by Staci Stallings before. It is relatively clean, although it uses h*ll four times and b*tch twice. It also mentioned that Heather “thanked the traffic gods.” There was no mention of faith otherwise. The story was too good to rate anything less than a five, but I’m glad Staci’s recent novels have a more Christian slant.
This book explores several issues within its pages. It explores a woman's wish for "Prince Charming" to treat her like a princess (and the frogs one encounters in the search for Prince Charming). It explores dating across skin colors. It explores the nerd stereotype, the jock stereotype, and how much emphasis colleges and universities put on the sports programs.
Heather resents athletes who get scholarships and special treatment to help them pay for school. She's struggling to pay for her own schooling, and it doesn't help that the work study job she had set up to help with her finances has been discontinued due to funding cuts! Heather is surprised when her favorite English professor asks her to tutor one of his students (a basketball star as it turns out), but Heather needs the money so she agrees to take the job.
Heather finds that Anthony is not at all what she expected. She quickly finds herself willing to go to extra lengths to help him pass his classes. In a strange way, she feels that she can be herself around him, but at the same time, she doesn't want to share certain things with him because of how others have reacted in the past (such as how brainy she is). Anthony also shares things with her that he doesn't share with most other people.
Despite all this, Heather dismisses him as a romantic interest and instead finds herself dating a series of "frogs" that she had hoped would be the man who swept her off her feet.
I recognized the author of this book because I've read other books by her and enjoyed them.
I picked up one of Staci Stallings other novels "Coming Undone" a bit ago as a free book and really enjoyed it. I decided I'd like to try another one of her books and I selected this one because it seemed to be her most recent. I rarely purchase books these days as I've enjoyed so many of the free books that are available. But I did buy this one and I'm so glad I did. This wouldn't normally be a book I'd pick up because I'm quite a bit past college age which is the age of the main character. The book is excellent and I enjoyed every page. This book touches on many deep heart issues including the way we can easily make assumptions about people through stereotypes. I loved the way the friendship and later romance in the book develops. These are two people that truly get to know each other on a deep level. I absolutely loved the scene where they dance together....when you get to that part you will know what I mean. This is a book that you will remember and think about as it addresses some important issues. It made me think about ways that I stereotype. I enjoy books that make me think. I also love a good romance novel and this definitely fits the bill.
This is a clean book you could give to someone younger. However, if you do, please be aware that there are some really deep topics covered that might require conversation. I don't want to give the story away, so I'll leave it at that. I think if you choose this book you will be happy with your purchase.
I have to say that this book took its time by going through two different people's background which enabled them to have a real life romance instead of some rushed book without details and fluid movements. This book was very well written and I have to say that it was a slow read but that was the authors point I believe because of how the story took its time by being so realistic and not shortsighted also typically when I read interracial books the editing and proofreading is not that good but luckily this book had a really great editor and for that I'm really grateful. I really appreciate this book and the author's fine workmanship and I certainly would recommend this book to another reader!
The plot is very slow to develop, but the story itself is compelling enough. However, the description is deceiving. There is nothing Christian, spiritual, or religious about the book, including the profanity.