Ava: This was my first book by Victoria H. Smith so I really had an open mind as I didn’t know what to expect.
Brianna: I read her other release, The Crimson Hunt, before this. I didn’t know what to expect, because the books were different genres, but I liked it. She goes from writing the different genres without a problem.
A: I think what stood out for me and was obviously the author’s intention, was the interracial relationship, it was refreshing to read. I think it is a shame this isn’t included more in books.
B: Oh, I definitely agree. Plus, the heroine was mixed, and I thought that was awesome too. The whole issue of interracial relationships was what got me interested in this book in the first place, and I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. I think this should definitely be included in more books, and it’s sad that it’s so uncommon to read about.
A: Yeah especially when it represents the modern world. There are more interracial relationships now than ever before.
B: Exactly. I don’t know what’s taking the book world so long to catch on.
A: I liked both Drake and Lacey but I must admit it took me a while to connect with them.
B: Same here. I don’t think either of them were characters I really loved, but I liked them in their own way. I think they really changed each other for the better. I wasn’t a fan of either character at first.
A: Yeah I agree, I did love the love plot, a modern twist on West Side Story!
B: I also think the love plot was really well done. I do love this kind of story, though.
A: I liked the secondary characters, well when I say that, I hated drake’s parents but that meant they came across the way in which the author intended.
B: Oh yeah, Drake’s parents were definitely great villains. I liked Adele too, but honestly? Margot was my favorite secondary character. She was just so supportive of Lacey, it was great to see.
A: Yeah definitely, every girl needs a great supporting gf!
A: I also liked Lacey’s mum, although I perhaps wished for more of her toward the end, we were very much outsiders looking in.
B: Yes, I did want to get to know Lacey’s mom more, too. It would have been a lot more sad, but we really didn’t get to know her well.
A: It was definitely a sweet romance that raised awareness of prevalent issues. I liked the author’s writing style and the pacing of the story, I would definitely read more in the future.
B: Same here. Victoria is a really good author, and I love the fact that she used such real-world issues as the important theme in this book. I’m definitely interested in what she writes in the future, regardless of genre.
A: Yeah I might even step out of the box and try the sci-fi…. maybe
B: You definitely should. It was an awesome book, with a great plot and a wonderful romance. If you’re wanting to step out of the box with a sci-fi romance, I’d definitely pick The Crimson Hunt.
A: Ok, I’ll definitely add it to my growing list
B: Yay! I’ve convinced you to check it out.
I enjoyed this book. It was about a couple who had to deal with a few issues, one of them being racism, as the main characters Drake was Asian and Lacey was of mixed race, this is usually not the norm in the books that I'm reading at the moment and so it was a nice change.
I liked reading from both POVs. Lacey and Drake were both characters that I instantly liked and warmed to, and after reading Lacey's letter to Mr. Drake I wanted to high five the girl.
Lacey and Drake were a hot couple that had a lot of drama to deal with, I was happy they got their HEA that they so rightly deserved. However, I would say I also think an epilogue would have been good, as I would love to know what happened next.
I enjoyed the writing style of the author and will definitely read more books by her.
Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.
In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.
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