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This is very different to the usual friends turn to lovers books..
It is about Brina and Eagan, two people drawn together due to loneliness in their life.
"Without him in my life I'm a frozen pond reflecting the daylight but never absorbing its heat."
They met each other as kids, both their parents are photographers and travel around a lot. They didn't like being separated so the parents left the children behind to be with each other. Both Brina and Eagan are always left behind, they have to grow up fast and because of this they find each other,they are each others family..
What happens when you fall in love with your best friend?
As they grow older things start to change..Brina falls in love with Eagan and after stealing a kiss, she runs away from him. What will he think about her being in love with him? It would ruin everything right?
A few years later Brina is twenty and Eagan is twenty-five, they find one another once again. This time things are different, there are more feelings involved. Eagan wants to be part of Brina's life but can Brina handle being just friends?
"I've seen the ocean lapping lovingly at his muscles. And now I look at the sun stroking his skin like a possessive lover.
My best friend doesn't live life, he devours it."
I liked this book as it was fast-paced and I loved that it is in both Eagan and Brina's POV, you get to understand them both a lot better.
I love the cover its perfect for this book the description in the book goes with the cover.It draws you in, it is all bright and cheerful on the outside but a lot of the book has a more deeper, emotional feel to it , which describes the characters in the book. Both Eagan and Brina seem normal on the outside yet deep down they are broken and lonely..
"I'm pulled, pushed and then I find my back against a wall. Eagan's taut frame is bent toward mine, and my body is arched toward his. We create a peculiar sculpture of opposite forces. He cups my face in his palms and makes me look up at him. His lips are so close to mine, that I feel the whisper of his breath against my mouth; I smell mint and a hint of beer. I desire a kiss so desperately, my body is humming with longing. I curl my fingers around his wrists.
"I hate fighting with you," he admits huskily.
"I know. Me too."
"I need to hold you."
I nod and let him fold his arms around me. I bury my face against his chest and utter soft sounds of contentment as his warmth leaks into my skin.
I glance at our shadows painted on the gravel by darkness and streetlights; we're not opposite forces any longer, we're one single being."
I'm not sure how to begin my review of this book in a formal manner, so I'm just going to start with what comes to mind first.
To me, this is the most crucial aspect of a book. It's the number one thing I consider when writing my own book because writing that is cheap and tasteless really isn't authentic (I have a few books in mind). Some people can read a things like Fifty Shades of Grey and enjoy it despite the quality of the "prose" being weak. I certainly can not. I've experienced this a lot with other contemporary novels that have such themes of romance and erotica, though I won't name any more as they're irrelevant and it would be unfair.
I digress. Anyway, I actually enjoyed the writing in this book. I'm a visual person and I enjoy any type of writing that is poetic and portrays strong and aesthetically pleasing visuals. I think that Petra Bagnardi's writing is reminiscent to that of Tahereh Mafi's, regarding the ways in which they both manage to captivate the readers interest through poetic imagery. The writing is particularly effective in it's depictions of beautiful Rome and the story's steamy romance scenes.
Concept & Plot:
There wasn't a whole lot of movement within the plot that is set in the present tense, but that is because the narrative directs us from chapters past to present, in a snapshot type of style. We also get to see different segments of the story told from both main characters, Brina and Eagen's POV.
Characters and Relationship's:
The dynamic between the two main characters, Brina and Eagen is interesting because firstly, it wasn't a typical all-American 'girl meets boy in college and they fall in love' type of romance. There is a significant age gap of five years between the two. Brina met Eagen when she was nine years old and he was fourteen. Eagen began to crave Brina when he was twenty-one and she was sixth-teen. Despite the difference in age, gender and race, they bonded through their loneliness and otherwise similar situation. The relationship between them however, turns from a comforting family bond to that of a sexually intimate and lustful one, as the pair grow up and their story unfolds.
In general, the story takes you through the journey and development of this type of complicated relationship, along with troubles that coincide along the way.
Thank you to Petra F. Bagnardi for kindly giving me her story and allowing me to delve into her characters and writing.
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