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Right in Front of You: A Friends to Lovers Contemporary Romance Paperback – February 5, 2017
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You read the blurb, you get the gist of where the story is and headed is essence. Early in the book we get dual POV's by age. I enjoyed that aspect of the book. I enjoyed Molly's way of looking at things especially the rain while hiding her abusive hellish life at home. Molly was a quirky kid, dancing feet and hiding under tables. Love it. As they get older we see them Clark and Molly still close, a few hop and skips and he's kissing Jo... trying to get Nick to make a move. Then Molly sees him kissing Daisy.
Clark and Molly are best friends and are there for each other. I blinked and Molly is off to school, Clark ends up in a relationship I didn't see coming with a tragic outcome. Off course, Molly rescues Clark. Until Clark shows his a**. And Molly can no longer come home. Too dangerous for both she and her mother and little brother.
The book fast forwarded a lot. Now we have Clark living with Jo and baby Mac after Nick dies while in the Navy. Yup. Confused yet? Good, it's gets even better. All the while he's still professing his need for Molly and won't she give him a chance. Molly can't speak the unspeakable and she's in med school. After a big blow out because apparently Clark's bb's were a tad too tight, they don't see each other for 5 years. Just as well. Clark may want Molly, but Clark is about Clark. He drives 100 miles to see her arriving at 2 am while he's been drinking? And he's a firefighter? Nah.
Clark is often selfish and clueless. He makes an early statement in the book around age 15 I think, if he knew then what he knows now about pedophiles.... hindsight? There were things in the story that didn't make sense, which I won't point out because of spoilers. But you'll catch them maybe when you read them. It's revolves around Nick and Jo. Let me leave poor Clark alone, and move onto Molly the definite heroine in this story. Loved her. Even though her early inner dialogue was a bit tangential, she is the height of overcoming the past and trying to carve out a future. I lobe how she dug her heels in about not returning home, without having to explain herself. Clearly this girl now young woman has endured much more than any child/ adult should. I was truly hoping someone would remove her father from this time and space continuum. The man didn't deserve to breath.
The bones of this story was good. I think there was a lot going on and perhaps could have been pared down some. Clark-meh. Molly- 10 stars.
I love Lacey's books but this one just fell a tad flat for me. I understand I'm in a minority here clearly and it's a great book for YA readers.
I loved Daisy post mort.
**arc from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for a fair review**
I cannot stand to read stories where the two main characters seem like they're together out of circumstance instead of true love. Mild spoilers...
I didn't feel at anytime in the book that Carter truly loved Molly with his whole heart. It was described in the first and second books that Daisy (who died in a tornado) was his soulmate. Then he wanted to get with his best friend, Jo, but she was in love with someone else. So it felt as though Molly was a #2 consolation prize and if Daisy could rise from the dead then Molly would be tossed. Anyone in Molly's predicament would be insecure about whether they were 2nd (or 3rd) choice yet this was never addressed. I was waiting for the drama about Molly not being the love of his life but was disappointed that something that significant was ignored.
My other problem with this book deals with the trauma Molly endured from her "father". Anyone from a small town knows that everybody knows everybody else's business. So I am completely mind blown that no one suspected that any of what happened to her was going on. Molly had several friends but all were completely oblivious.
Basically, instead of this friends to lovers romance I thought I would get, I just felt super sad for Molly. Nobody in town (including her mother and best friends) paid enough attention to her to notice her suffering. And the man she loves is only with her because his soulmate died.
Overall, it could have been a good book but too many issues felt glossed over or completely ignored and left me disappointed. If this was on KU, I would say try it out but since it's not, I say save your money.
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