Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Line Between by Tamsyn Bester

The Line Between
by Tamsyn Bester
Release Date: January 19th 2015
Rate: Loved it (5 stars)


There’s a fine line between love and hate, so fine that you don’t know you’ve lost balance until it’s too late.
I’m not sure exactly when I lost my balance, all I know is that he was to blame.
Dane Winters.
The boy who’d spent most of his life hating me for reasons I never understood.

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It was no secret that I hated her, but only I knew why.
She was off-limits.
And then our separate worlds collided with one tragedy.
It wasn’t her fault, I knew that, but I wanted her to hurt the way I did, and I needed someone to blame. She was an easy target.
Kennedy Monroe.
The girl I’d picked on all our lives.
And the woman I barely tolerated.
Until the line between love and hate was no longer visible… 

*New Adult Contemporary Romance* 
*Due to mature content this book is not suitable for readers younger than 18*

There's a fine line between love and hate and this new book written by Tamsyn Bester is the perfect proof of that. Filled with drama, romance, heartbreak and pain, this story will make you swoon over the characters and their story and bring all the raw emotions to the surface.

Kennedy and Dane share a hurtful past. Their families have been hating each other for some generations now and Dane has make sure all his life to make Kennedy's life a living hell. They hate each other right? Or so their families say. What could have turned out into a Romeo and Juliet modern story, simply was left with the tragedy side of it. Everything becomes more intense and the hatred more palpable when Dane's sister and Kennedy's brother die in a car accident, together. 

Despite the hate and the hurt, destiny has a funny way to bring people together and Dane and Kennedy are bound to hurt and love each other until the very end.

I loved this story. Tamsyn Bester has the ability to write beautiful and emotional stories, without being repetitive or dull. And I am enamored with everything she writes. However, I think that The Line Between is definitely my favorite book so far. 

The main characters were well-developed, real and full of raw emotions. Dane's hurt. So much that he's always lashing out with the only person he's been told he has to hate until the end of times. However, hating a person that you feel so attracted to is difficult so the hurtful actions and words that come out of him are even worse than what could've been if he didn't care about his enemy so much. I loved how this character was so focused on his hatred and how he followed the hating tradition their families have been passing along generations. However, what makes you love Dane is that despite all this he's dying to be with Kennedy. It's clear that he has feelings for her and he's trying to deny it all because of who she is and what represents. 

Sometimes though, I didn't like Dane because he was kind of selfish. He was hurt and his pain was the most important. It didn't matter that Kennedy not only lost her brother, but also her best friend. It was frustrating.

Kennedy on the other hand, is the sweet girl who's been bullied all her life by her best friends' brother. She's one of those kind girls living through the emotions, trying to live the life her brother didn't have the chance to life. Her life is crappy because she's no family support and it's like she's all alone in this world. You can read it and feel it with her while reading the story and that's why you, as a reader, end up having a strong bond with her. 

For some people it might be difficult to see how a such nice girl, who's about to explode due to the hurtful things going on around her, not only with Dane, but with her father, too, how she can fall for the guy who has been tormenting her. But their love had the potential to be epic if it's wasn't for the hatred and the pain between them.

Also, Tamsyn was really smart to bring the big drama into the story with the deaths of the two siblings. Now it all comes to that event and the two main characters struggle to not talk about it. 

The climax, as well as the plot, in this story was a great one and loved how this brought out a bunch of different emotions throughout the whole story.

I highly recommend this book and my only warning to you would be to pack a stack of tissues if you're planning to read this one. 

*I received this ARC in exchange of an honest review. Thank you so much to the author for giving me the change to read this beautiful story.

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Tamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After.

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