I totally enjoyed this forbidden love story, it was angsty, I liked the writing and I felt really connected to the characters.
The story starts when cousins Belén & Luciano (Lucky) are kids, they are as tight as brother and sister and the closeness of their mothers ensures that they are always together. Lucky looks after Bey and being only 9 months apart they are best friends as well as family.
“Belén. My cousin.
My own heat wave.
The flame to my fire.”
We grow up with them, and as they hit puberty and feelings start to change we experience Belén’s shame and Lucky’s struggle to resist his beautiful cousin. Whilst Bey distracts herself with school, Lucky distracts himself with drugs and girls on the streets of Washington Heights, New York.
“Belén, I love you back.
Sometimes I love you so bad I get sick from it.
But we can’t do that.
We can love each other without that part.
We have to.”
Although this is a taboo story, all I kept thinking was that it’s actually not against the law to marry your cousin, and I felt like their mothers would have actually been OK with their relationship, so for me I was so frustrated that they felt so bad about being together.
This was a raw and gritty story, which contained MMF and a dash of FF. It was steamy and emotional, I really did enjoy reading it but I was left feeling discontent with how it all panned out.
This story is told from childhood up until they are 20 and it was a solid 4 stars from me right up until the end, in fact, in my opinion the epilogue killed the book, which I find a shame. I just don’t understand why it had to go in the direction that the author took it in. If you are looking for a happy ending, you may be in for a shock.
This is a standalone prequel to the Heightsbound Series, told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.