Review: Between the Lines by Sally Malcolm

Between the LinesDisclaimer: I received an advanced electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is set in the same world (and town) as the author’s previous book, Perfect Day. It is not necessary to have read that book first, but it puts certain events into perspective. Otherwise, Theo and Luca have their own romantic story that I thoroughly enjoyed on a winter day when I’d much rather have been on a beach. It’s a great summer beach read that’s perfect all year ’round.

Theo and Luca are both three-dimensional characters with enough baggage and backstory to make them interesting without over-dramatic. Their connection borders on “insta-love,” but it’s buried under a sweetly sexy romance that I enjoyed despite the trope.

Though the ending of this book was obvious from a mile away, I still enjoyed the journey and surprising twists and turns that it took to get there. In addition, this book features an excellent family dynamic subplot that is all too relevant to so many people today. This subplot was almost more intriguing than the main plot. I wish that resolution had been more detailed, but it wasn’t the point of the book, so I understand why the focus stayed elsewhere.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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