Monday, April 1, 2013

BOOK REVIEW...[ARC] Portrait of a Crossroads by Kelly Rand

Since finding her father’s body at the bottom of the basement stairs, Annette’s been drifting through her days, watching cars pass down the rural Ontario crossroads beside her house. Her brothers have no great ambitions, but Annette remembers a time when she did. She just can’t remember what they are.

Then she meets her neighbour, Sadie, a tattooed, world-weary, newly single portrait artist. Something about Sadie awakens something in Annette—the essence she captures in her subjects, perhaps, or the way the old familiar crossroads seem so fresh and promising from the view out Sadie’s window.

Annette begins to help Sadie, cleaning brushes and filing invoices between long lazy afternoons of conversations and shared silences. Soon, though, Annette wants more from her enigmatic neighbor, and their slowly heating friendship melts into passionate nights. Somewhere along the way, Annette discovers that her lover has illuminated for her, as with the people Sadie paints, not just her essence but her own endless worlds of possibilities.
Expected publication: May 20th 2013 by Riptide Publishing

Wow, this has got to be one of the shortest reads I've ever come across!! 

After the death of her father, Annette finds herself at a crossroads of what to do with her life: e.g. go to college? get a job?, etc. 

She doesn't really have the greatest support system as her brothers have no ambitions of their own but finds herself rediscovering herself and HER OWN ambitions after meeting her neighbor Sadie and being her "assistant".

This book isn't bad yet it isn't exactly good either. BUT IT DOES SEND OUT A GOOD MORAL OR MESSAGE though of rediscovering yourself, and for Annette it was art and embracing her attraction for Sadie.

What shocked me:
-There's an erotic scene in it! Was totally NOT expecting that AT ALL.
-And YES GUYS, it is a Lesbian romance novelette.

ARC kindly provided by NetGallery through Riptide Publishing.

My Rating:

-Overall : 4
-Plot : 6
-Writing : 6
-Characters : 7
-Cover : 8

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