Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: Crossing By Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Favorite quote: "I’m a white Midwestern girl who looks like every other white Midwestern girl. Sometimes this seriously bums me out and sometimes I’m glad I’m not THE MOST BEAUTIFUL because it makes me try harder at being funny and charismatic and outgoing. "

I wish I hadn't waited so long to read this book. It's one of the most original reads in New Adult Romance I've run across. This was so refreshing in a genre that has become formulaic. This is a novel about accepting love in whatever form it appears, even if (or especially if) that love challenges our comfort zone.

In a lot of ways, Liam and Dani seem made for each other. He makes her feel secure, accepted, and loved, and we can tell from early on that she does the same for him. Liam's attractive, confident, and sexy- someone Dani fears is out of her league. But he's really into her, treating her with respect and obvious physical attraction. It was great to see Liam help Dani grow in confidence. But there is one hell of a p[lot twist, and just like it did Dani's, Benefiel's twist pushed my comfort level quite a bit. It forced me to consider just how far I'd go for the guy I loved.

Crossing helped me realize I'd go pretty far.

The writing is enjoyable, as well. It's a smooth immersion into a college world not too different from my own experience, and I really liked feeling transported back to those years. The dialogue was particularly fun- it had a real pulse, and captured the banter among the closest of friends. All in all, I really recommend this read. Not just because it's good- which it is- but because it stretches the way you think. Maybe even changes it.

Bestest of all? Follow this link to get it free right now over at Amazon!