I loved this young adult romance by Jessica Lane! You know the writing is great when you can feel the passion between the hero and heroine even though there are no sex scenes! Bravo!
This is a story about two young adults, Kari an African American teenager and her childhood friend Joshua, a Caucasian. Josh has just finished an Army deployment in Iraq. He returns to their hometown with plans to confess his love and make a life with Kari. However, he is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcoholism. Kari is in her senior year of high school and still has issues with her mother’s abandonment when she was only seven years old. Although she is only 17 years old, Kari is everyone’s “rock” while dealing issues of abandonment, finding independence and teen bullying. The banter between the teenagers is hilarious and believable. One of the twists in the story is the rumor floating around town that Kari’s mother was a witch. This added a paranormal twist. Although there are subtle references to this throughout the story, it does not overpower this love story.
One of the other major obstacles to their love in addition to Josh’s issues is Kari’s father. He is the Chief of Police in the town and causes problems for the two. The father is trying to protect Kari against racism that she may face in an interracial relationship. However, he is also aware the Kari may have inherited dangerous powers from her absentee witch mother and he doesn’t want her to hurt anyone.
The story gets really interesting when Kari’s mother shows up out of the blue. Mom is definitely not a loving mother and things get violent! Also, the secondary characters were very well written into the story and added to the community that affected Kari and Josh.
Overall, the story was well written. I thought that Josh was admirable. I was emotionally touched by his PTSD caused by the war. He really wanted to become the man Kari deserves. He fights for her throughout the book. I would recommend this book without hesitation.
– Reviewed by Pamela