Standalone suspense romance
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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
‘I live for the way she lightly bites my tongue when we kiss, and wish I were a better man every time she whispers, “I love you” against my lips.’
What a ride!! We spent most of this book in a state of nervous anticipation with our eyes covered, breaths held and tightly gripping our Kindles as Poesy and Low, two people who loved with honesty, passion and reckless abandon went from one calamitous dangerous situation to the next.
Mary Elizabeth certainly made us feel this story as we experienced the despair, the desperation and the hopelessness of Low and Poesy’s situation first hand. Her beautifully descriptive prose made it so we were able to smell the pungent stench in the air, see the degradation of their surroundings, and feel the thump of their heartbeats as we became willing, or unwilling participants in their crime spree with our hearts in our mouths, our minds in a whir and sitting in awe over the impeccable, unique and incredibly poetic beauty of this authors storytelling.
“Tell me a story, Poe. Say something important.”
“There’s a boy who loves a girl, he might think he loves her more than she loves him, but the truth is they love each other the same.”
Mary Elizabeth humanised these criminals and whilst we questioned and judged their actions, ultimately we found ourselves empathising with two young lovers driven by a desperate need to survive. Their decision wasn’t borne out of greed, but by sheer, bone deep desperation and we felt every inch of that first hand as our hearts ached for Poesy and Low.
“I can’t give you more than this, don’t sentence yourself to a life of poverty because you love me, Poe. You can do better than some petty fucking felon. “
“Don’t say that to me, Low. I love our life. I love you.”
When you are pushed to your limits, when every corner produces yet another dead end, when life is bleak and shows no promise, when you are prejudged as a criminal with no future you could be forced to make questionable decisions and that is exactly what faced Poesy and Low. They couldn’t see a way out of the misery they were living, finding comfort only in each other.
‘Guilty of my father’s crimes and culpable for being born underprivileged on the wrong side of the tracks, I was considered a criminal before I ever broke the law.’
This modern day Bonnie and Clyde brought to mind some of our favourite crime movies such as Natural Born Killers, Kalifornia, True Romance mixed in with the Robbers video by 1975 and all brought together in a gripping and sublimely told story by an incredibly talented author who never gave us a minute to catch our breath.
We couldn’t put this book down and hung in there for every heart pounding moment and rooted for these young lovers with all our hearts, never giving up hope in their hopelessness, however we did have a couple of issues that affected our overall enjoyment of Low. We would love to have experienced the build of their relationship prior to where it picked up in Low. To have lived it rather than read about it in past tense would have taken our feelings to whole other level. As the book progressed we did feel the depth and strength of their love but felt we needed more ‘before.’. We believe there is a prequel due out in April we hope will provide the backstory we desperately craved in Low. The term of endearments used in the book irritated us sadly. Having them refer to each other as ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ wore thin yet we know for most, this won’t be an issue but for us it was and again, it was a small annoyance in an otherwise gem of a story.
If you love heart stopping romance and want to be swept up in a story with a difference then do not hesitate to pick this one up. These two young lovers were guilty of stealing our heart.
“I can’t be anywhere else other than with you, Lowen, no matter what happens, we stay together.”
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