Even though I thoroughly enjoy a good romance, I’m always delighted and a little thrilled when I come across a really well-written romance novel. I’m not saying the genre lacks quality writers – more that a lot of folks (including myself at times!) consider this genre one of the easiest to write. And so often as I’ve cracked the spine on a new one, the stories are lackluster and often hokey. In boredom or even disgust, I have often closed the book within a chapter and set it aside for good.
A Brush With Love is one of those romance novels that restores my faith in the genre. Not only is the craft of writing well-executed on these charming pages, but the author digs deeply into a lot of challenging emotional moments and beautifully explores a main character who deals regularly with anxiety – deep anxiety.
Even better than all that is the characters. They’re quirky, down-to-earth, and mostly realistic (I mean, what Adonis is fully realistic? They always seem just a little “too good to be true.”). I immediately liked the main characters, despite having zero interest in the story’s setting at a dental school.
The imagery, emotions, settings, and romance all felt real, honest, appealing – even in moments of intensity and awkwardness. Perhaps, those moments are part of what makes this book so good.
If you enjoy a good, grown-up read (it does get a bit steamy throughout) with warm, appealing characters who can speak the truth of love, life, and pain as you indulge in some heart-tingling romance, you’ll enjoy this well-crafted, entertaining book by the talented Mazey Eddings.
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