Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Write Free
Release date: May 8th 2013
Rate: Enjoyed it
Crossing is definitely a different book. You look at the cover and you think, wow, such a cute cover, it must be a sweet contemporary romance, for sure. Then you read the description, and confirm your suspicions. However, I was truly surprised when I knew Liam's secret, because it changes everything!
This secret makes the story different and intriguing, because you don't know what is going to happen; If this secret would make Dani leave Liam or not.
I never read a similar story and it was refreshing. A different story from our usual stack of books where the main characters have a perfect relationship. Because not everything is perfect in live, and relationships are no exceptions.
Dani, the main characters, might cause different impressions. I really liked her. She's real and says whatever she wants whenever she wants. Like I said, real. She can talk with the guys she is falling in love with about her virtues and also talking about her flaws, fears and shady memories.
She's also brave to me. Her best friend was gay and killed himself. I felt really bad for her and for her friend and also wanted to encourage her to live the way she was living this situation.
She's also funny and it's not scared about Liam's personality at all. She tries to open her mind and not only being talking-but-not-accepting.
Why I say talking-but-not-accepting? Because there are two types of people in this group: people who say they accept other people ideals, sex preferences, etc., but when the person who is different is a familiar or someone close, doesn't accept it. Aka talking-but-not-accepting people. Not really accepting other people, just an illusive idea in their minds to feel better. Or the other type. The ones that truly accept people for who they are.
As for Liam's character, he's plain sweet. He's a nice and adorable guy that is such a great person that you must be heartless If you don't fall for him. However, he has a secret. And it's a huge one. One that you don't see it coming.
In every story there's a moment when everything goes perfectly fine, that you even see the happily ever after coming and all that, and then it comes the part that I like to call: when-everything-goes-wrong. Well, in this book when-everything-goes-wrong, it's not that Liam's secret tear the lovely couple apart, but the secret not being a secret anymore. When Liam's secret is revealed to the "world", it brings consequences that makes the couple suffer. At this point, I was heartbroken. Not only for Dani, but mostly for Liam. I felt really bad and hated the people that hurt them.
However, I was really happy with the ending. With a few quotes from the beginning, that reminds us when Dani and Liam met, to end this wonderful story, and make it more sweet and cute. If that was even possible.
But what really got me was the fact that it's based in a true story. I loved that. Knowing that Dani and Liam's story is based in a real Dani and a real Liam, makes it all way too cute to not give a chance to this book.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone who likes to read romance stories and New Adult. the romance in this book is unique and different from every other romance we are used to and it's worth it to give it a try. I think that this book also makes you think a little bit of... well, everything. Everything related to Liam's secret and having the always expected perfect relationship.
That's why I'm giving this wonderful and real story a four gorjuss dolls and thank the author, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, for writing such a lovely story and Shane, from Itching for Books, for organizing this wonderful tour and giving us the great opportunity of reading and reviewing Crossing.
Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, FOUND, the Day of Sacrifice series, The Toilet Business - a collection of essays,CROSSING, and multiple short stories.
She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she's not foolin' anybody.
Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young children.
For more information on Stacey and her books, please visit her website.
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