Rabi and Matthew

Rabi and Matthew

by L.A. Witt


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ISBN-13: 9781626498358
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/03/2018
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Rabi and Matthew 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
amatate 13 days ago
I was instantly intrigued by the idea of a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet, especially one that was a romance and not a tragedy. Of course, I also knew Miss Witt would make her characters work for their happy ending. Overall, I really enjoyed Rabi and Matthew. The writing was crisp, the plot interesting and timely, and the building tension between the two families palpable. I was especially impressed with how raw the moments of conflict left me, proving just how much emotion the author wrung out of the story. From a romantic standpoint, I didn’t quite feel as much of a connection as I typically do with this author’s work. I’m not sure if that comes from the story featuring relatively innocent new adults, or if it was that the aggressive energy coming from other parts of the story minimized their love connection. Young adult/ new adult is generally not a favorite trope of mine because the wide-eyed innocence often frustrates me. The author definitely captured that and moved the romance- especially physically- along to reflect their inexperience. However, Rabi and Matthew was such a pertinent story highlighting the senseless clash of religion and races and the harm those prejudices can create long-term, that I’m glad I didn’t pass this one up. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
lenorewastaken 19 days ago
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 3.5 stars — This was a diverse read that felt like it was there for more than just face value. We weren’t just told that Rabi was Muslim and Pakistani, we got to see a bit of his life and some of his traditions (such as prayer on Fridays). I really appreciated that. Sometimes I worry that the diversity will be just thrown in, but not given its due, and that was not the case in this book (at least in my straight white girl opinion, take from that what you will). I actually really enjoyed this take on Romeo & Juliet. At first I was trying to figure out which one was which, but in the end I think the different pieces of Romeo and Juliet were split between Rabi & Matthew, so that neither one was strictly Romeo or strictly Juliet. Which was kind of fun actually, and it definitely kept me on my toes! As with the original tragedy, we really don’t get to know either of our characters super well outside of their romance, which is kind of a shame. That’s one area where I wouldn’t have minded if the author had deviated. I really couldn’t tell you much about what each of them were like outside of each other. But they were both sweet boys, just trying to survive in the chaos of their families. The romance was pretty adorable. It was definitely quick, again just like the original, but I appreciated that the author tried to spread out their courtship over a longer period. It gave the readers time to believe in the development from crush to love. I also adored how they fumbled with each other in the steamy scenes, and how things weren’t perfect…but it didn’t matter. It was just so sweet and fun and refreshing. As for the surrounding war between the Hashmi’s and the Swain’s? That was hard to watch. There is a lot of homophobic and Islamophobic slurs in this story, so be prepared if sensitive. I also had a hard time with all the guns in this book…but that might be my Canadianness coming out. I realize that aspects of violence would need to be present in the story, but I will never understand the whole “carry a gun to feel safe” thing. Which is neither here nor there, just a personal belief. What I did appreciate was that while I didn’t always understand the changes in attitudes at the end, they were much more gradual and not complete than I was anticipating…in other words the author really tried to make it authentic. It was a shaky truce of attempted tolerance, and given how the rest of the story played out, I appreciated that it wasn’t all wrapped up in a bow. Did I believe all of it? Eh…but I definitely believed it more than I expected to! One other thing, I loved the note at the end of the story from the author. I was okay with her change in the ending, and was expecting it given the blurb, but it was nice to have insight into why she made the decisions she made, you know? So yeah…solid retelling with deviations. Would have liked a bit more character depth, but I did love the sweet romance.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love the author’s version of Romeo and Juliet. This story had everything racism, politics, religion, and two families at war. Rabi and Matthew took a chance by falling in love knowing that their families had so much bad blood between each other. The story was so intense but is written so beautifully that you can’t help but be on their side. L. A. Witt did a tremendous job with this book. Overall, the story was sweet, sexy, romantic, and romantic. I’m looking forward to the next book from the author.
Anonymous 5 months ago
165 p, m/m, HEA. Lots of emotion, angst, lust, some sex. Good plot and character development. Wish best friend made an appearance in ending.
Anonymous 5 months ago
A great romantic retelling of romeo & juliet. The best change is the lovers live, happily ever after?
UpAllNightBB 6 months ago
4 Stars Review by Lisa Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog In this M/M retelling of the classic, Romeo and Juliet, L. A. Witt has a twist. I love this author's unexpected take with this story line. There is so much that goes along with it. Families at war, politics, religion, racism, small mindedness and small town business. It is a lot for two people finding each other and trying to figure life out. It is so well written that you can't help but root for Rabi and Matthew. However, as you read, you just know things are not going to be easy and you wait for that moment in the story that will happen and alter it. I don't want to give too much away with this story. I feel like if I mention outside the caption/heading it will give away the story.. So I'm not going to divulge anything from the actual story line. That being said, I did enjoy this story. In the end, the twists that come are well done. The conflicts of life are written tastefully and as result, you will be ok with all that stuff that comes along with "talking" politics/religion.