Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sharing is Caring - Books: "Snow Angel" by Ronica Black

Note: This ARC was provided by NetGalley & Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review.
To purchase this book, please see links at the bottom of the review.

Ummm...I'm a little bit unsure on how to review this book.  So I think I'll break it down into sections.

Section 1 - The Good
I actually enjoyed this novel in the beginning until about half-way through.  The story was coming together nicely, the two main characters were well described and being given the proper time for effective development, and the brimming-under-the-surface attraction was palpable but not overwhelming.  The struggles each character fought with were relatable, making it easy to follow and grow with the characters themselves as they delved deeper into their true feelings, both in themselves, as well as with others.

Section 2 - The Bad
Once the romance kicked in, my interest wavered and had difficulty keeping alive.  I'm a big sucker for romance novels, especially of the lesbian persuasion, but this romance just didn't quite cut it.  For one, the two characters were all of sudden in love.  Like just one page after talking about dinner, suddenly the characters were all over each other, spewing out awkward phrases that I certainly don't use in the bedroom, and admitting to the other that they were the long lost love they had been searching for in the better part of a decade.  I mean...I'm sorry, but shouldn't there be some sort of setup to romance?  This wasn't meant to a bing, bang, done story - yet that's how it seemed to start out.  Then suddenly, the next morning, each character was confessing their undying love to one another over tears and "I wish we could be together always"s. That and I felt that there was entirely too much repetition - in dialogue, in narrative, all around.  There were also a few key phrases that I couldn't take seriously, such as "'This is what heaven looks like,' she said, sitting on her knees between Maggie's legs. 'So f***ing beautiful.'" I just...I don't even know.

Section 3 - The Verdict
I'm teetering between 2.5 stars and 2 stars.  The 2.5 stars side of me is focusing on the first half of the novel, the part that I really enjoyed and didn't put down once (thank goodness for novella-length novels!).  But the 2-star side of me just can't get passed the unbelievable plot turns, odd language at times, and the incessant repetition.

I've never read anything by Ronica Black before, but I've heard she is well liked among the LGBT population, and I will be sure to give her another try before deciding based on this one novel.  I just wish this one kept the same pace in the beginning all the way to the end.

Rating: ⋆⋆

"Snow Angel" by Ronica Black is available NOW from Bold Strokes Books and Amazon in eBook format.

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