Masquerading Our Love Reviews:
Loved my first unsolicited review!
Review : First of all, thank you to Audrey Rich for me an ecopy of her novel. It was a pleasure to discover your world!
Have you ever fell in love with a book from the very first page? I have with this novel. Seriously, I was already convinced that I would love this story thanks to the synopsis but it was even more the truth when I started the first chapter. I loved everything about it: the writing, the characters, the plot, absolutely everything!
But let’s be clearer… Talking about the writing, I love how Audrey Rich managed to deal with suspense and romance. The story and the characters are so cute, it warmed my heart! I couldn’t have enough of these beautiful words, I had to read more and more chapters, even if I didn’t have time to do so. But at the same time, there was suspense between the different chapters and it gave another dimension to the story. This is not a romance like others, there is this little more which makes the difference. I smiled, I laughed, I tried to guess what was going to happen and I cried when I discovered a detail that blew my mind away. And what a beautiful end! I won’t say much about it because I don’t want to spoil you, but I couldn’t imagine it and I’m so happy with it! Once again, my heart is full of joy!
Thank you Audrey for giving me such a beautiful time reading your novel!
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(These reviews I asked for. Okay, maybe I begged and cried and I wasn’t above using the old fashioned” poor me I don’t have any reviews”pity shout-out. Seriously, these reviews are special because I asked others who declined but these wonderful people read and reviewed my debut novel and they didn’t have to. So many thanks!):
Great readon November 23, 2016
Although romance / coming of age is not my usual genre of choice, I am actually happy I picked this one up. The story is well thought through, the characters believable and I found myself getting involved in the plot. The author has a nice style of writing about a very relevant subjects, parental obligations, faith, insecurities, learning to swim ! I would recommend this book to any YA reader looking for a satisfying clean novel about young blossoming love.
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This is a great YA novel!! I bought the book for my 14 year old daughter and it’s perfect! I loved the fact that it is smut-free but still filled with teen romance. My daughter loves teen romance novels! When I read the book to make sure it was appropriate for her, it echoed a modern Romeo and Juliet story with an interesting ending. Kudos to the author given this was her first book. I am looking forward to Ms. Rich’s future work for my daughter to read.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This story is so outside my preferred genre, that I admit to being nervous about not being able to finish it. That said, I read it in 24 hours. What a pleasant and wholesome read! It is so refreshing today to be able to find a book that is sweet without being sappy. There are some wonderful Christian values that never come across as preachy or over-the-top. This would be an excellent read for any young adult. It certainly captures what it is to be young and in love. There were times when I thought that the young lady was a little too head over heals for the fella, but then I remembered what I was like in high school, and I realized that Ms. Rich hit it on the nose. There are some serious subjects addressed in the book, but they made the story so real! I found the characters to be extremely likable while still having enough flaws and insecurities to keep them from devolving into “Mary Sue” type personas. If you are looking for a sweet romance, you will not be disappointed in this story.
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When she’s rescued from a near-drowning off the beach in South Florida, Thalia is chagrined to discover she has a massive crush on her rescuer, rich and handsome Christopher. Luckily for her, Christopher has the hots for her, too. But Thalia has a problem. Her parents won’t allow her to date, and no matter how hard her heart beats for Christopher, she refuses to compromise her character by lying to them. But things get worse when Thalia realizes her parents and Christopher’s parents despise each other and neither family approves of their love.
It was nice to see a main character struggling with her conscience as she tries to do the right thing. This is a clean read with no cursing or drug or alcohol use. The characters go to church and are good people, but the religious aspect is low key. I also appreciated that the main character was Hispanic. This is an enjoyable clean, sweet romance for teens.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The first book in Stonehaven High, is a positive well written story. It’s very PG and aimed at a younger audience. I don’t usually read YA, but I found this book to be enjoyable, it had believable characters and good flowing plot. This book is perfect for anyone wanting a clean smutty free YA romance.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author*
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The story explores the feelings, passions and adventures that you go through as a teenager, which are conveyed in a clean cut way. It is a book that I will recommend to my own daughter when she is older. Definitely recommended!
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A great YA novel!on March 7, 2017 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Format: Kindle Edition
Top Customer Reviews
Overall story I rate with FIVE stars and I do recommend the book to others who like teen romance and books where lessons are learned. The story idea itself is terrific. The author not only conquers the subject of obedience to one’s parents, but also the importance of forgiveness and communication. Some people might think that Thalia and Christopher are too young to recognize that they are in love. I disagree. There is a long history of young marriages in my family – most right out of high school – Many of us have made wonderful, sound marriages with very few divorces among us. Thalia is a good Christian girl who is torn between her love for Christopher and her obligation to be an obedient daughter, showing that even Christians aren’t perfect. I love that. I also love that Thalia isn’t afraid to tell her mother that what she really wants in life is to be a wife and mother. This is a decision that someone should be able to make without judgment. The characterization I would rate with FOUR stars. I feel the author did a great job on Thalia and Christopher, but I didn’t get a strong sense of falling in love with the other characters. In other words, I didn’t feel as if I knew them that well. Four is still pretty good. Story structure and flow. I have to rate this with a FOUR because although I felt the story flow was great, I found the dialogue in many places confusing. There were several instances of dialogue where I couldn’t tell until the end of the conversation which character was speaking. A few more he said/she said tags or location description would have helped this. If I were to have rated this book half-way through, I could have honestly only given it a THREE-star rating due to the structure problems and typos in the book. However, I was intrigued enough to stick to it to the end. As the story went on, I became hooked and couldn’t put it down, waiting to find out what happened and what the big fallout between the two teens’ mothers was. As I did finish the book, I was able to upgrade to FOUR stars. Without the issues I pointed out, I definitely would have rated it with five stars. Well-done, Audrey. It’s a great first novel.