American born Alexia Cross is 18, lives with her parents in a gated religious community, and is slated for an arranged marriage to a man she's never met. To make things more complicated, Justin, her husband to be, is from a similar religious community in England, but was caught trying to find love outside of the fold. So after they are married, and subsequently have their first meeting, they find it difficult to get to know each other, especially since they are from such different backgrounds. Both of them fear acceptance and have no idea what to expect, especially when it comes to love, trust, support, sexuality, and even the decision to have children. This book is the first in a series by Michele Richard and chronicles the couples awkward and tumultuous first year together.Review:
I admit that I normally wouldn't have been interested in this book, but after reading the blurb, I decided it was worth a try. After I started reading I realized how interesting it really was. The premise and story-line were very well-written; Michele Richard's world of "The Gates" fully immerses the reader into the lives of Alexia and Justin. I felt that the alternating chapters in each character's point of view were an integral part of understanding their relationship and development, although there were a few confusing sections where there was too much happening at once and/or the dialogue became redundant; (I noticed there was a lot of unneeded info about the way they dressed and about their sexual lives). Overall, I found the book fast-paced and hard to put down; it packs a lot of emotion and is recommended for anyone looking for romance with some substance in their next read.
Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)
*** I received this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.