Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review: NATURAL LOVE by Sara Celi

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: 9 December 2014


My whole life, I wanted one thing: to be the perfect son.

Growing up, I did everything my father required. Straight A’s in school. Perfect manners. I forced myself to live up to his standards--standards that pushed the Chadwick family name to the highest rungs of society.

Over the years, we climbed so high that my father hoped we’d never fall.

If only he’d been right. With each successful year, the Chadwick family skeletons grew bolder and darker. Every lie threatened to undo us.

The secret Avery Jackson and I shared was the worst one of all.

She was the one person I shouldn’t love--the one person I couldn’t love. But I did. I loved Avery Jackson. I wanted her, even though a romance with her threatened everything.

It all felt so natural.

And that was exactly the problem.



I'm very sad to say but this book didn't work for me at all. I struggled to finish it and I did it just because I wanted to know how it was going to end but not even the fact that it ended in a somehow "happy note" appeased my overall disappointment. :(

The big problem for me was that this story didn't make me feel anything from the characters. This was supposed to be a story about a forbidden love between a stepbrother and a stepsister and from my experience, forbidden romances should have at least some level of passion and/or suspense yet this book lacked on both. Yeah, I never felt any chemistry between the characters and sometimes I found their dialogues awkward and stiff. It was like they really saw each other more like siblings than the actual longing lovers they were supposed to be and I found that kind of weird and a little disturbing at times. I wish there was some back story about them growing up together so I could see and understand how and when their relationship shifted. Perhaps with that information their attraction/love would have felt genuine and not rushed and unexplained.

This story is told completely on the male's POV and I usually love to hear my hero's voice in my head but with Spencer it didn't work. There was too much unnecessary details that just dragged the story along with nothing for me to hold on to. It was until 55% into the book that something finally happened but by that point I was frustrated since there was no buildup or anticipation to that moment. Furthermore, the female character didn't have much of a strong presence in the story and when she did she sounded too immature for my liking. Like I said before, these characters' relationship was a little weird, it didn't feel natural or graceful. It was like the line between lovers and step siblings was not clearly drawn making their interactions confusing and not that enjoyable, unfortunately. On the positive side, the writing was fluent and easy to read. I was able to finish the book rather quickly despite my complaints.

As a final note, I think the characters and their relationship just needed more development and the story needed to be infused with some emotional intensity to make it feel like a true romance. If that would have been the case, I think this book could have been a good one for me.

That's it. I take no pleasure in writing negative reviews so writing this one was hard. But I do love sharing my opinion which like every reader's will always be subjective so remember, what doesn't work for one person may work for another one. ;)

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