Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review - Impossibly Love by Shane Morgan

Author: Shane Morgan
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Pages: 250, ebook
Goodreads Rating: 4.15 stars
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
My Content Rating: PG (No more than kissing)

Summary from Goodreads: All Moya Douglas wants to do is study hard, maintain her scholarship, and make her mother proud while attending college. She doesn't have time for a boyfriend or going on dates arranged by her best friend. Moya doesn't believe in love. And she has no intention of ever finding it. 

Branden McCarthy is determined to change her views.
A selfless romantic who's had his heart broken in the past, Branden is fascinated with Moya's personality and hopes to develop something real with her—a connection so strong it'll open her heart. But just when things start to work between the two, Branden’s secret threatens to get in the way.

Will Moya finally do the impossible and give love a chance with Branden, or will fear keep them apart?

New Adult novel about finding love and oneself.

I really wanted to love this book.  It has a great concept, but unfortunately I just felt like it wasn't well executed and I ended up feeling like the book was just okay.  Not bad exactly, but not great either.

The positives:
  • The concept.  I thought that the concept of this book was good.  A girl who is afraid of giving away her heart because she's been abandoned in the past finally falls for someone - only he may not be able to stay with her, no matter how much he wants to.  It's the perfect set-up for a heart-wrenching story, and there are moments when it achieves this end.  I just didn't feel like there were enough of those moments.
  • Moya.  Moya was a great protagonist.  She was a tough girl who didn't put up with anyone's nonsense.  She knew she had intimacy issues, but she was okay with that and didn't feel like she needed to live up to anyone's expectations.  I liked her relationship with her best friend Vanessa and I thought that she acted and talked like a realistic college-aged student (some of her dialogue was fun because of this!).  I only wished that I had gotten a little more time to really understand Moya's feelings about her abandonment and about Branden.
What I wasn't crazy about:
  • Felt rushed.  This book was a very quick read, but it almost felt too quick.  I just didn't feel like there was enough time to develop the story or the characters well enough.  Because of this, the romance also felt rushed to me.  I didn't really understand what drew Moya to Branden.  What was so different about him and why was he the one guy who she was drawn to (even before he started pursuing her)?  I wanted a bit more push and pull between the characters - more chemistry.  I guess I didn't really feel the connection between Moya and Branden, and since the romance was the main feature of the book, this made it a miss for me.
  • Could use editing.  This book had a number of wording and grammar issues that made the story awkward at times.   I felt that this was a good effort at a first book and I hate to discourage a debut author, but there were parts of the book that just felt a bit rough to me.  
True romance fans might really enjoy this book.  It has all of the elements of a sweet romance, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me.  2.5/5 stars.

***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***

About the Author: Shane Morgan's love for writing started the moment she picked up a Nancy Drew book. At a young age, she began writing short stories, delving into a variety of genres: from comedy and drama, to horror and contemporary romance. Shane's quite intrigued by the otherworldly or things otherwise deemed "impossible." Well, in her opinion, people never really grow up, do they?

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