Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Somewhere In Between by Samatha Harris

Somewhere In Between by Samatha Harris

Series: No

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 10, 2014

Format: e-book

Source: Won/Provided by the Author

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon

Synopsis

Alexandra McCabe​​ is disconnected from the world, grieving the loss of her parents...

Content with studying and keeping to herself, Alex has no interest in the campus playboy, Drew Collins, trying to get close to her. But even dousing him with beer doesn't deter the easy-going charmer, and against her better judgment, the pair fall into a reluctant friendship.

Drew is bored with college life, and Alex's romantic rejection intrigues him...

Their friendship is good for both of them, but Drew is used to getting what he wants, and he's tired of shallow sorority girls. He's much more interested in the feisty redhead, but despite his growing feeling, Alex keeps him firmly in the friend zone.

Old heartaches and new tragedies deepen a complicated relationship...

Whatever life throws their way, Alex and Drew remain best friends with their own traditions. Drew is Alex's family, her rock, and Alex keeps Drew grounded, always challenging him to better himself.

When years of buried feelings rush to the surface, they threaten to change everything...

Drew promised his mother he'd tell Alex how he feels, when the time is right-but how will he know when that is? Alex is terrified to reveal those 'three little words' certain Drew doesn't feel the same, and she'll lose the only family she has.

Should Alex and Drew open their hearts, and risk being crushed? Should they be satisfied with a deep, lifelong friendship? Or does the only chance for happiness lie...

Somewhere In Between?

My Thoughts

Yes, yes, yes! When I want a contemporary romance, without OD'ing on angst, *this* is what I want. 

Alex and Drew meet in college and despite a rocky start (she pours a beer over his head at a party) they become friends. Best friends. For Drew, Alex (he calls her Red) is the first woman he's ever really developed a relationship with. For Alex, Drew fills a void - he's friend and family rolled into one. Over the years, both have feelings that go well beyond friendship, but neither is willing to chance losing the special relationship they have.

I adored Alex and Drew. They never felt like cookie cutter characters and I was connected to them both. Their relationship, their closeness, their banter... we should all be so lucky to have a friendship like that. Drew may have been something of a manwhore in college, but he sure had a softer side with Alex. This guy was so selfless when it came to Alex and that made him a superstar in my book. Usually I'm antsy for my people to just get together already. I mean, there's slow burn and then there's just frustrating. But not so here. I loved their relationship so much that I was (mostly) okay with just their friendship... and a little flirting.


And just when I was all "Gah! Enough already!"... there it was. But don't go thinking it was over there. Oh no, there was much more to come. And I ate it up like it was ice cream (mint chocolate chip, thank you very much).

The secondary characters were also top notch. Some I loved and a couple I wanted to throat punch. But all of them felt utterly realistic and I totally wanted to hang out with Alex and Drew's group of friends. There were even a couple moments with Drew's family that got me teary-eyed. Well played, Samatha. You hit me right in the feels.

I will say I was a little confused at Drew's decision-making at several points. He had numerous opportunities to set things straight but didn't and that led to confusion and drama that could have been avoided. Each time it happened I was confused enough to be jarred out of the story, wondering why he was making certain decisions. But it wasn't enough to take away my enjoyment of the characters and their story. (It just made me want to throttle Drew a time or two.)

Somewhere In Between is Samatha's debut novel (and what a debut!) and all I can say is: I want more! Hopefully there will be another story soon... maybe for Sean or Wiley? My fingers are crossed!

4/5 Stars 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

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