Series: Paths to Love #1
on August 3rd 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I have two lives.
One with the woman who owns me. The other tied to a past I can’t escape.
For eight years, I kept them separate, knowing one day their collision was inevitable.
That day has come.
She’ll have to accept it.
He has two lives.
A beautiful one with me. Another shrouded in ugly secrets.
It didn’t matter, until now.
I don’t know why he’s destroyed us,
But fighting for him will be the battle of my life.
It’s not over.
IT’S NOT OVER
by Grahame Claire
Something I felt right away when I started IT’S NOT OVER is that the writing style isn’t one of a debut author. It’s very fluid without any awkward phrases or dialogues you so often see with inexperienced authors.
This story begins with a pretty angsty setup – Daniel breaking up with his girlfriend of eight years. Totally blindsided, because things had been strong with him, Vivian doesn’t accept her boyfriend’s decision. She goes to great lengths to get him back or at least find out what triggered the break-up. And comes up empty.
Love… it was as elusive a motherfucker as time.
Daniel was incredibly frustrating to me. I love a good angst fest but withholding information to protect the ones you love, keeping them in the dark, setting them up for unknown danger is a huge pet peeve of mine. The lack of communication, taking away of a person’s right to decide for themselves…I really have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Yet, behind all the wrong decisions he made there was love at its heart. Deep, unconditional love for the two women in Daniel’s life and it was his saving grace. If he had been a douchebag too, I don’t know if I could have forgiven him.
Vivian was an independent woman. Her sass, her tenaciousness, her relentless pursuit of the truth, she had all the characteristics that would make her a pretty good heroine. The way she let go of her pride when it came to Daniel though was a little upsetting. I appreciate that she wanted him back, that she didn’t want to give up the once-in-a-lifetime love…but I felt that she begged a little too much.
“I love you so much I’ve forgotten everything else. There isn’t a thing I wouldn’t do for you, Daniel. Don’t forget that.” And then I did the hardest thing I’d ever had to do. I walked away.
The story is told between flashbacks and present day. I have to say that I’m not a big fan of over-usage of flashbacks – It’s annoying when you wait for the story to move along only to get another flashback. It doesn’t help the flow and it doesn’t make it angstier. I’d rather the story is told in two parts. However, it was lovely to see Daniel and Vivian’s blooming relationship, his patient pursuit of the woman who fascinated him, how he made her feel special.
The plot is complex and you need to pay attention as to not miss important bits. I was definitely on my toes. One small thing I wanted to mention. New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, so summer starts when our winter begins. I have spent Christmas in Wellington, it’s warm enough to go to the beach, it’s unlikely anyone would light a fire in the house, not even for Santa. Not sure if that can be attributed to artistic freedom or plain inaccuracy.
While It’s Not Over wasn’t completely my cuppa it is a strong debut, especially taking that really good writing style into account. While it had parts that I didn’t like as much they are more of a personal taste than the authors’ fault. There are a couple of side characters I’m looking forward to reading about. Grahame Claire may be new but I’m sure we will hear more from this author duo.