Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Gift from Author
Sometimes when you are a fan of a particular author’s writing and style, you will read anything they write – even if it is from a genre you don’t typically read. 😉
As the title suggests this is a modern-day love story and in the world we live in now that is not always pretty, easy, and most likely far from perfect. Alice and Will are complex, they carry scars, and are hesitant to put themselves out there – either because they’ve been hurt badly before or because they don’t believe love is real. But after a series of tense encounters and failed matchmaking attempts, Alice and Will tentatively try just being friends.
I loved seeing the evolution of Alice’s and Will’s relationship with each other – it was riveting! I loved both the steps forward and the stumbles back, relationships and growth can be like that. Not everything moves in an upwards and straight line. I adored both Alice and Will as characters and I loved my time spent with them. Alice is feisty, quick-witted, unapologetic, and as Will says repeatedly “kind of amazing.” And while Will may have the perfect life of a successful career, sublimely attractive looks, and wealth, when you peal back those onion layers you discover so much more that lies underneath that seemingly perfect (and gorgeous) facade. I loved how the point-of-view of this story is divided and shows chapters from both characters’ perspective to give readers a fuller understanding of what these two felt and thought. That was brilliantly done, and if anything I wouldn’t have minded a little more from Will’s perspective.
While it may not be labeled as JAFF or Austenesque, I was happily surprised to find some nods and recognizable Pride and Prejudice inspired characters or scenes in this New Adult contemporary romance. Jane Austen is everywhere… 😉 It was fun to encounter a character and realize “hey, she reminds me of Caroline Bingley a bit!”
Note: due to several uses of strong language and a few brief intimate scenes, I’d recommend this book for Mature Audiences.
Modern Love by Beau North is a genuine and relevant love story sensitively and authentically drawn. A compelling and absorbing read that illustrates some unvarnished truths about family relationships, living with addiction, and the challenges of opening yourself to love. I highly recommend!