For twenty-something Boston school teacher Ruth, she's gotten by just fine on playing it safe, thank you very much. But now her risk-free life and nice-girl demeanor are leaving her increasingly heartsick. So when she meets bad boy Derek, she's willing to overlook her "no romance" rule and give him a chance to prove her fears wrong. Because he, also, is plagued by a sense of ennui and pointlessness, wanting to change his fast-and-loose living but not knowing how.
Neither can deny the inexplicable, illogical attraction drawing them together, and they are hard-pressed to resist it. But what will their unlikely relationship cost, and who will be caught in the crossfire?
The Light Between Us is a sassy and sensual romp from Beth Morey. Part love story, part comedy of errors, and part coming of age tale, The Light Between Us is a delicious read for fans of the romance and new adult genres alike.
"The Light Between Us, a raw and powerful love story about forgiveness and learning to trust our instincts. Sexy and Intense, I couldn't put this novel down and wished, at the last chapter, for more."
- Heather Mattern, author of Saving Katie Baker and The Grey Muse
"The Light Between Us is the kind of book that reaches into you and settles in. The implication of this genre is to find a light summer beach-bound read. That is the not the case here. The characters are fulfilling, the plot more than a little unexpected, and just sensual enough to keep you blushing without dropping the book. Riveting."
- R. L. Haas, www.dramaticelegance.blogspot.com
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The reason I decided to review this book, aside from the general plot description, was the use of the word “ennui” in the book synopsis. The real question is if the rest of the book lived up to my lofty verbal expectations, I’m sad to say that it really did not. This is the story of Ruth and Derek. Ruth is afraid to color outside the lines in life, and Derek is all like “there are lines I’m supposed to be coloring in?” They meet and the sparks fly, but Derek being a bad boy and Ruth being a good girl don’t make for a love at first sight happily ever after kind of tale. Basically, this is a story of two people trying to find their way in life, to find where it is they fit in and with who. They recognize that they fit with each other, but must look outside of themselves in order to find real happiness. The question is: can they? I’m not sure what I really expected from this book. As far as plot goes, it was what I expected. Good girl meets bad boy, shenanigans ensue. There are real moments of hilarity in this book, but for me the character development was just really lacking. It all just moves so fast, and the book is relatively short. I wanted more from Ruth and Derek than just your run-of-the-mill surface romance. They really had the potential to be deeper characters but it just didn’t happen. What I did find was two very unhealthy characters that seemed to enter into some kind of co-dependency at first sight relationship, and it just didn’t resonate with me at all. Another thing about this book was that I just didn’t get into the writing style at all. It needs to be polished by an editor, this is true, but the way it was written just did not invest me in the book at all. I found myself really having a hard time finishing this one. Overall, I would give this author another shot, but this book just isn’t for me. I’m going to have to give it 2.5 stars. *Copy provided for review* Reviewed by Sara for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book This was such a lovely read. I absolutely adore this book. It is a comedy of errors that leads to the ultimate whirlwind romance that should never be. And by no means am I implying that Ruth and Derek don't belong together, because they do - they're actually perfect for one another. It's more that they're pawns in a chess game between Fate (which keeps bringing them together) and the Universe (which seems to be determined to keep them apart). Derek is a womanizer. He doesn't date, he sleeps around. He has his reasons and I actually understand them; I don't condone his behavior, but I won't condemn him for it either. While not a frigid prude, Ruth is the opposite of Derek as she does not sleep around with random strangers. They meet in a club after Ruth's friends drag her out for the evening and their encounter does not end well, nor does their second and while I believe their third interaction was okay, they continue the one step forward, two steps back dance throughout most of the book. Fortunately both Derek and Ruth have friends who keep encouraging them to give the other a second (and third) chance, until they finally get it right. While there is some sex in the book, Ruth and Derek don’t make it that far and oddly does not detract from the story at all for me – it’s actually perfect when all things are considered. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Morey, but it will not be the last. The Light Between Us is such an enjoyable read that I look forward to reading it again; it has definitely made my re-read list. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!