Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"Love is like wine. You can't add sugar and mask the flavor, pretending it's something it's not. Love is like that. When you meet the right person, you'll know. And you won't be able to let it go."
Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette is about identity, love, and life's hardships. This book's plot is fabulous. It kept me wanting to read on and on the entire book. I love that romance isn't the only theme of the book; there are so many facets to Crystal's story. The setting is also purely magical, and the characters are really enjoyable.
Jeannine's strength as a writer is her ability to create characters we can relate to. First person narration helps, but it is Jeannine's ability to tap into the emotions of a character that makes her stand out as a writer. As a reader, you will laugh with Crystal, cry with her, and get frustrated with her. The secondary characters are just as well developed, a true sign of writing talent.
Jeannine's writing style is also noteworthy. She has a perfect balance of flowery, poetic descriptions and in-your-face, blunt sentences. Her writing style is easy to read but something you want to languish in because it is just so beautiful!
I love, too, that Jeannine isn't afraid to tackle tough issues. This is not your typical romance where everything is perfect, where love happens at first sight, and where fairy dust makes everything okay. She digs into the raw, gritty emotions of love. She digs into the hard times, the character flaws, and events that make this book so reflective and true to real life. Her romances feel genuine as a result, and the couples she writes about are couples you will remember. I love Nate and Crystal together. I love that they're imperfect but somehow perfect together, too.
I've also read Pure Abandon and Reckless Abandon. I adore that Jeannine has similar threads and characters running through the three books, but all three feel so different from each other. Her books are, quite simply, pure magic. Do yourself a favor and grab all three in the Abandon collection.
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