One Special Love by Abby Gale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Please Note: the problem may be with me, not the story. I encourage you to experience it for yourselves and take my opinion as just that - my opinion.
I failed to connect with this story. I admit that the plot had tremendous potential, but its execution left a lot to be desired. I think my biggest issue was that I wasn't convinced about the grand love story that was supposed to have been developed in the prequel between April and Ashton. I'm sorry, but it wasn't believable to me. Despite reading the novella, I never once felt that those two were in love. Not to the lengths that I was supposed to believe to get through this story.
It was hard for me to suspend my belief in reality and just become absorbed with the story. There was nothing to connect them and beyond knowing each other's names and sharing a Chemistry class, they didn't even know each other. Never had a conversation. Weren't friends. Didn't hang out on the perimeter of mutual friends. They shared nothing!! So, for me, his grief came off as melodramatic.
The thing is... I expected the grief. They did spend
One Night Only
together before she passed, but this story made it out like they had a great love that would stand the test of time. A love so deep and so profound that anyone would be lucky to find it. She's haunting him and he's got a room in his home like a dedicated shrine to her. WTH?!
As for Acacia, she was the first character I actually felt real sympathy for. I wonder why the loss she suffered wasn't explored more. It was almost like her loss wasn't as important or as substantial as the loss Ashton suffered after losing his one night girlfriend. Hmmmm... I was hoping for a conversation between them about their mutual loss and maybe about how to accept and move on from it. Sadly, that wasn't in the cards.
Instead, Acacia was sort of a doormat for Ashton and seemed more of a consolation prize. He spent 95% of this book fixated on April. Am I really supposed to believe in their happy ending? Too much time was spent on April and Ashton's suffering over April and it overshadowed anything that he could legitimately be feeling for Acacia. Overall, this story had the propensity to be incredible because all of the ingredients were there, but I needed more in order to believe in it.
Release Date: 2017 (sometime)
Genre: Contemporary romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 2 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone
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