Title: First Comes Love
Series: First Comes Love, Book 1
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Sensuality Rating: Sensual
Source: review copy from author
Published: May 2018 by Houghton Miffin Books for Children
Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.
What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.
But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.
Why I Read this Book: That cover totally caught my eye. I love that embrace, the almost-there kiss. And I love the ‘opposites attract’ trope.
What I Liked: The first thing I noticed was that this story is told from first person narrative with multiple POVs. It switches back and forth from Gray’s point of view to Dylan’s. I love this type of narration because it gives me both sides of the tale. I get to know what both characters are feeling and going through and I get a more thorough story with this type of narration.
This is not a ‘love at first sight’ love story and I appreciate that. Gray and Dylan become friends first, but not willingly on Gray’s part. At first, he wants nothing to do with Dylan when she tries to weasel her way into his life.
Gray as closed himself off to the rest of the world. His world has been tragically turned upside down recently and he only wants to drown himself in his misery.
Dylan doesn’t want to fit in, doesn’t want to be categorized as ‘normal’. She just wants to be herself and if that means standing out from the rest of the pack, then so be it. I love this about her, her eclecticist attitude about life.
What I Didn’t Like: Nothing. It was a good, not-too-angsty read.
“I don’t know much, but this is what I’ve learned. You’ll fall for the last person you ever thought you’d be interested in. That’s the tricky part. You might not even notice her at first. And she usually comes around just when you’ve stopped looking. But if you pay attention, you’ll know it’s her because she’ll stand out from everybody else. She might even scare you. But if you’re lucky enough to meet this girl, be smart enough to realize it and try not to screw it up.”
Overall Impression: First Comes Love was a captivating love story from the very start. From the moment Gray and Dylan meet, I wanted to know more about each character and find out where these two lives would end up. Simone Elkeles fans will love this book for the beautiful storytelling and its raw characters.
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