Author: Beau North
Title: Modern Love
Genre(s): Romance; Bisexual romance; LGBT romance; Multicultrual
Review: This novel is very different from the typical romance stories that I read, yet it was also very familiar. For some reason, a lot of current romance authors fall trap to the vogue story of a young woman falling in love with a powerful mysterious man. Although Modern Love definitely had some different components from this popular storyline, the gist was essentially the same. I think that there could have been a lot more that North could have added to this story in terms of providing more intimate details of the characters and their troubles. Both Al and Will were extremely dynamic characters and they each had interesting pasts that I wish would have been more developed. The idea of this story was really cool and I enjoyed it as a light read, but I think the readers could have gotten a lot more from the characters and the story if it was longer and more detailed. When I did learn about the characters' pasts, the information was just dropped and not as intertwined within the story as I would have liked it to be. Will and Al also have a connection that I wish would have been developed more, either through more pages or even a second novel. I think there was a lot in the story and I really wanted more from it. Yeah, sure, the main characters are infatuated with one another and there is sexual tension, but when the writing becomes quick and sudden we sometimes lose the gravity of that tension. I wanted the lust to linger a bit more, which is why I think the book would have been a lot better if it was longer. This was especially true for me when it came to Will's chapters. I wanted to be inside of his head more, but the chapters were incredibly brief that it almost seemed pointless to read about his perspective. I ultimately gave this book 4 stars because it was really enjoyable as a quick summer read, and I liked the dynamic of Al being bisexual since I do not typically come across modern novels with various sexual attractions. However, I do wish it were longer because I could have gotten more from the characters and there were also several external references that I had to look up because I was unfamiliar with the individuals that were referenced. After knowing who the references were, it made sense for the characters, but not all readers would take the time to look them up if they did not know who they were. With all of that being said, I recommend this to anyone looking for a great romance novel with a different perspective. The characters were entertaining and will stay with you!
Book Description: "“Love at first sight wasn’t meant for millennials.” - So thinks Alice Aberdeen—art student, recovering addict, David Bowie enthusiast. Alice is among the recently dumped, and just wants to keep her nose down until she finishes her degree. Her sister Emma has other ideas, and sets her up with new-in-town Warinder “Will” Murphy- tall, dark, and aloof. To say it wasn’t love at first sight is an overstatement. He finds her too abrasive, with her sharp tongue and a don’t-screw-with-me attitude. She thinks he’s too reserved, too damn serious. But the more time Alice spends with Will, the more their slow burn begins to thaw her heart. A man of two worlds, half-Irish, half-Indian Will Murphy only feels at home when he’s with Alice. He soon realizes that her tough shell is hiding a lot of scar tissue, from her trials with addiction and recovery, to her spectacularly bad ex-girlfriend Jamie, to the loss of her mother. Modern Love isn’t a story about love at first sight, it’s about learning to love yourself before being able to see the one you love."