Sunday, August 23, 2015

review || A RELIANT LOVE by Taylor Lavati

Self-Published | June 20, 2014 | New Adult Romance
A Reliant Love, book 1


Nathalie Carter wants one thing: independence. She has paid her dues by living at home under her parents’ watchful eyes, earning grades to give her a ticket out and joining clubs she had no interest in to get into college. She plans to experience things she believes every new adult should—from falling in love to playing beer pong and pulling an all-nighter to skipping class because she’s too hungover. But nothing ever seems to go as planned, and she gets pulled into a world she never imagined existed.

Samuel Torrington’s past refuses to release him from its vise-like grip; but he has a plan, and once his senior year of college is over, he can finally move away and start anew. His addictions help him get through day-to-day life, but he’s constantly battling darker demons.

Fate brings the two together, and chance takes them on a roller coaster ride that neither would dare hop off. Within destiny’s grasp, they realize there are two things impossible to fight—addiction and attraction.

{ review } .

My first look at Taylor's writing style was with FOR THE LOVE OF ASH back in April of this year, and for my first taste in her writing style, I was impressed. This girl can write. She does emotion well, and she doesn't put too many harrowing situations together to make a story unbelievable.

This book? Well, the emotion is there and the harrowing situations are, too -- should have figured I was going to enjoy it.

I very much enjoyed Nathalie and the lightness she brought into Sam's dark world -- even if I found her to be juvenile in some of her thoughts and actions. She helps Sam with his struggles and helps him believe that he can do better, that he can be better. Sam's eventual love for Nat was... Well, I simply enjoyed it (it was the leading up that made me question the maturity of these two). The complexity of Sam's character showcases Taylor's ability to draw a character from the ground up, filling in all of the spaces. much so that I ended the story a bit stunned... and thankful that I have access to the next book, FINDING SAM, releasing August 31 (review coming soon)!

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