relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.
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Release Date: May 2010
Genre: Taboo Romance (Related)
This book has been on my radar for a long time now and when I saw it was on sale for only $1.99 I knew I had to grab it. Now, while it wasn't exactly what I was expecting- these types of books are normally erotically charged- I did enjoy the read overall (in fact, I read it in one sitting).
For those of you who don't know, this is a taboo romance where the hero and heroine (if you can call them that) are blood siblings -brother and sister. They are NOT step siblings (which you see a lot in these types of forbidden romances). That said, the relationship is pure, 100% incest. For some, this is morbid, creepy, and downright disgusting and for the most part, I would certainly agree with you. But because this is a work of fiction I have been able to look past the things about this book that make me uncomfortable. If this type of relationship is a hard limit for you, then I strongly suggest skipping this one.
What I liked about this story
One of the things that really stood out to me in the story is the actuallove that oozes from these characters. Lochan (18) and Maya (16) have had a hard life. They grew up without their father (who abandoned them) and essentially without a mother (she neglects them), and the only solace and love they have every truly felt was for one another. So when their feelings continue to grow and neither can be with someone else (not sure why) they end up falling in love with one another. For me, I feel like the reason they fall in love is because at young ages they were thrust into a position of parenthood for their younger siblings. They essentially live as a married couple with children so it would make sense (to them) that they act as one too. Sure, many readers will shake their heads yelling NO, this couldn't possibly happen! But it does here. And they love they have really exudes from the pages. Their feelings are real.
Another thing that I liked about this novel is how the author slyly adds in mental illness to the story. It isn't as direct as saying that one of them suffers from it, but it does become clear that Lochan is living with it. Readers can sense his depression when he pulls away from everything aside from his school work while also seeing that he suffers from almost debilitating social anxiety. The only people he can talk to without having panic attacks are his siblings.
What I didn't like about this book
There were some things that didn't exactly sit well with me in terms of this book. The first thing is the neglect. Lochan and Maya as thrust into being parents to their siblings due to the fact that their mother would rather be out partying with her boyfriends. Unfortunately, this is something tat affects many families (in real life) especially when it comes to single mothers. But, what I didn't like is how there were absolutely NO questions from the authorities or the children's schools as Lochan and Maya were the ones to always handle any situations that had occurred. Weird? Yes! Because at some point, teachers would be aware that something isn't right ESPECIALLY if the mother was never around- she forgot to pick the kids up, etc. In addition to this, I don't understand how the mother supported these kids (in a monetary sense) when it was clear that all the money she made from her job went to her own selfish needs. How did they pay the mortgage? Food? Clothing? It seems unrealistic.
Another thing I didn't like about this book was the ending . I won't give anything away in case you want to read for yourself BUT, if you need to know you can see here: (view spoiler). Now, while I didn't expect an HEA, I didn't think the ending would be like THAT. Gah! I hated it if I am being completely honest. Had the author offered a little more (it was too rushed for me) I may have liked it better. Sigh....
Overall, I think this is a good book, but there were still some things that I didn't care for (which makes the book good and not great). If your a reader who likes taboo relationships, if you have an open mind, and can live without an HEA in a romance novel then I would recommend it. If not, and if incest is a hard limit, skip it.