Author: Victoria H. Smith
Publisher: 324 Pages (March 2, 2013)
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Age Group: New Adult Genre: Contemporary Romance
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.
Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.
Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.
The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.
Review: 3 Stars - The Space Between by author Victoria H. Smith is a contemporary “New Adult” title that tells the tale of when two people from different sides of town meet and the relationship that follows.
Drake and Lacey are so different from one another. Where they were born, raised and their lives that surround them. Drake comes from a privileged life and Lacey from the rougher side of town. When the two meet it’s as if there was a magnetic pull for the pair and that fate had brought them together. However, things quickly spin out of control and they are forced to take some huge steps back to assess things apart instead of together.
However when fate is involved it’s never that easy. And when I finished this novel I believed that fate was what brought these two together.
Both Drake and Lacey were hard for me to relate to. It wasn't often that I felt connected to them and they were two characters that I had a hard time getting a clear picture of in my head. I did like how strong they were and how they both affected each other’s lives. One thing I loved about Drake is that he knew what he wanted and fought for it and he rarely backed down. One thing I loved about Lacey was that she cared for her ailing mother and found a way to take what she wanted out of her life and went after it. The two have issues throughout the story, being from two different sides of the tracks, their relationship was bound to be an uphill battle.
While the book itself was well written and I liked the overall story, it wasn't what I was expecting. Being that it was hard for me to relate to the characters and visualize them in my head was a real bummer. I must give Smith props for the strong emotions I had for a few secondary characters and any author who can bring out such frustration and anger like I held for three of them I applaud.
I did enjoy the relationship Drake had with his younger sister Adele. She was someone who loved him unconditionally and he needed that in his family. She was sweet and somewhat naive but I believe Lacey helped her grow up while she was in her life.
All in all, I enjoyed this title and am looking forward to seeing what happens next for Drake and Lacey. I was excited to hear that there will be more to their story. I’ll be interested to see where they both end up and will be on the lookout for it in the future. Being that this is my first title from Smith, I’ll also be looking forward to reading more of her other works as well. I would recommend this title to those who enjoy a good contemporary “New Adult” title.
FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this HONEST review.