Monday, August 8, 2016

Far from Home by Lorelie Brown

My name is Rachel. I’m straight...I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn’t serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I’d marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she’s willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt.

My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She’s really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She’s kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good. If some of Pari’s kindness and calm rubs off on me, that’d be a bonus, because I’m a mess—anorexia is not a pretty word—and my little ways of keeping control of myself, of the world, aren’t working anymore.

And if I slip up, Pari will see my cracks. Then I’ll crack. Which means I gotta get out, quick, before I fall in love with my wife.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I love this very modern version of the classic marriage of convenience story. The character development in this story is wonderfully complex. This is narrated in the first person by Rachel, a recovering anorexic. Rachel’s perspective is coloured by her insecurities and her very flawed sense of self. I love an unreliable narrator and the author controls Rachel’s voice beautifully.

The love interest in this story is Pari, a successful, confident Indian beauty who is as voluptuous and sensual as Rachel is skeletal and controlling. Pari’s maturity and confidence is a distinct contrast to Rachel’s neurosis, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with her.

This isn’t so much a gay-for-you story as a sexual awakening. For Rachel, sexual attraction and emotional intimacy are inextricably entangled and it is only once she and Pari start to establish an emotional connection that Rachel sees Pari sexually and begins to view herself as a sexual being. And while it takes some time to build up to the sex in this book, it is ultimately a very sensual, very sexy story.

I loved the friendship that develops between Rachel and Pari as much as I enjoyed the romance. The comfort, the trust, and the love that develops between these two women is really beautiful. When Pari’s mum moves in with Rachel and Pari, I enjoyed the maturity and maternal love that she offers to the couple. This is truly a story about women and I really loved the relationships that develop in this book.

It is only the end that I have some reservations about. Without spoiling the story, I felt that the booked jumped in time awkwardly without offering the explanations I wanted or finishing all the story threads I needed to be tied together. Ultimately, I really enjoyed this sensual story and I fell in love with both Rachel and Pari.

After a seminomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she now lives north of Chicago. She writes about romantic trysts that happen in warm places because sleet is a sad, sad concept.

Lorelie has three active sons, two yappy dogs, and a cat who cusses her out for not petting him enough.

In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie cowrites award-winning contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Far from Home (Belladonna Ink #1) by Lorelie Brown to read and review.

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