*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
The Dividing Line is the second book in the Space series, it’s the follow up to The Space Between, and for the most part it is the conclusion to Lacey and Drake’s story. Lacey and Drake are living in Paris and Lacey is doing what she has always wanted to do, living her dream as an opera singer. Drake is finding it harder living in Paris, he is not truly happy, but as lacey is his world all he wants to do is support her. Their Relationship is tested when Drake and Lacey have to make some tough choices to work out what’s best for them and their future.
The storyline was told from both Lacey and Drake’s POV. It wasn’t too high on the drama and angst. Lacey and Drake are great characters. I loved them in the first book, and that didn’t change while reading this one. They are such a sweet couple together, and the love they have for each other is undeniable with such passion and chemistry.
Lacey and Drake’s journey isn't easy at times; misunderstandings, jealousy, and trust issues test the bond that they have. There were a few frustrating moments especially when they didn’t communication with each other. I wanted to shake them at times especially Drake, I know his heart was in the right place, but he didn’t do himself any favors at times. There were also some very touching moments, and my heart went out to them, particularly towards the end of the book.
The issues that Lacey and Drake face as a multicultural couple were very realistic, and not over the top. Victoria H Smith did it in a way that showed racism comes in all forms on many different levels, can be from people that you would have least expected it from. It doesn’t matter how small it may be it is just as hurtful and upsetting.
Overall, I enjoyed this book; it was well written and nicely paced. It was great to see some of the secondary characters back such as Lacey's cousin Derrick, her best friend Margot, and Drake's sister Adele. There were a few news ones that also added to the story. I love how the book ended for them, all they faced and overcame made then stronger as a couple, and individually.
I recommend you add The Dividing Line to your TBR List if you read and enjoyed The Space Between.
I said that The Dividing Line for the most part is the conclusion to Lacey and Drake’s story, and I say this as one aspect of the storyline about Drake concludes in a bonus free novella called Heart and Seoul. It was an emotional, touching and heartfelt story about Drake’s search for his identity, told from Lacey’s POV.
“He had no idea the power he had over me. He had my heart and soul”
“She was my world. She had become my life, and now, I had no clue what I had outside of that. I had no clue who I was outside of that”
“Drake was my best friend, my everything and when that type of person comes along it’s hard to remember life before them”.
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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