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Saturday, May 19, 2012

{Review} Sweetness by Lindsay Paige

Sweetness

Bold as Love Series #1
by Lindsay Paige
Publication Date: October 13 2011
Pages: 111

Emily wished she was invisible. But after moving to a new town with her dad, a charming boy makes it impossible for her to disappear. Despite her feelings of unworthiness, Emily soon finds herself drawn to the safety of Jake's world.

Good looking and the star of the hockey team, Jake has a lot going for him. What most people don't see is the difficult life he has at home. When quiet Emily steals his heart, Jake vows to help her discover she is worthy of love.

Just when the two of them realize the sweetness of their relationship, they are put to the test. Only together can they overcome their haunted pasts to fight for a future together.
Purchase: Amazon

Review

Lindsay Paige's debut and first book in the Bold as Love Series, Sweetness, is indeed a sweet story. Sweetness flows at a fast pace in which readers are introduced to Emily and Jake right at the start. There's background information on both characters, but it's not an overload. There isn't a detailed description of Emily's background, but only a mention of a secret past while setting the scene of her present.

It's very clear how distinctly different Emily and Jake are from each other. Emily is a quiet soul always looking to be alone. Jake is outgoing, athletic, and determined to transform Emily back into the girl she once was. Their pairing for a school assignment was a little predictable, but the way Paige handled their coming together was unique. It took a little coaxing from Jake and Emily's father, but once they realized her old light shining through because of Jake's younger brother, Drake, they were able to bring joy and happiness back to her eyes.

The trouble I found reading Sweetness was the implication that Jake and Emily had extremely difficult lives without really reading the hows and whys. I found the execution of some scenes lacking dept, clarity and tact, which is probably why the story is on the short side. For instance, when Emily told Jake a little of the hard time with her mom, the explanation felt one toned and she downplayed the seriousness of her mother's verbal abuse. Jake's father is an alcoholic, leaving Jake to take care of everything and his little brother, but what makes his situation so different from the many other characters who have similar situations in other novels? How did he deal with his semi-absentee father and Emily's trauma all in the same breath?

I appreciate the message that Paige may have been trying to convey: love conquers all, but the themes in Sweetness were too big to fit in this high school romance story.

See Lindsay Paige's guest post on Character Personalities.

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