Book Review – A Modern Love Story by Jolyn Palliata

by Maryse on March 8, 2012 · 6 comments

in contemporary romance

A Modern Love Story
Well. *hrmph* I can certainly say that this book was almost unputdownable. I can definitely say that it started off and continued in a way that absolutely had my heart and squeezed it. The sweet relationship that developed between two young, broken souls as they took care of each other, watched out for each other and became best friends. I felt the sadness, I felt the tugs at my heart. The tension and the “almost” moments as they became adults. *sigh*

I can say that there was a HUGE potential for an amazing love story, and that for awhile… it was actually moving that way. And then? Yep. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!! (and not a purring sexy grrrr either. An ANGRY grrrrrrrrr!!)

But what I can’t say is that I loved this book. I didn’t love it. Liked it, yes. One thing for sure. It DID make me react. And it DID make me feel. And not just me, but it appears quite a few readers had a similar reaction. I had the support of my Facebook friends while we read it together, but when I received this email from Melissa, I knew I had to review it:

“I see you have read it now and I am dying to discuss this with someone who has actually read the book.  It took me a few days to get over it.  I was obsessing about it at work and driving my co workers insane! …. *&$%#@

(side note from Maryse, lots spoilers and ranting in this part that had me chuckling but wholeheartedly agreeing)

… OMG..  seriously..  you need to help!!  LOL.  Im getting angry all over again.”

Nodding. Yep. This book did have that effect, didn’t it? I was all… “NO WAY did it just go there!!!”

‘Cause the story went absolutely crazy. And yet, I still couldn’t put it down. It went in a risky direction that had so many of us readers reacting (mostly negatively) that I wondered, how am I going to review this? The book may have been hard to put down, but at some point, I totally wanted to throw it across the room. And I’m not the only one. If this had been a paper book, the pages woulda been flyin’!!! Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, as I think we were all on e-readers, and well, you know.

So what’s it about?

Luc and Robbie (Robbie’s a girl) are introduced as children, when terrible life circumstances force them into a foster home. But you know what? This is a good foster home. A loving one that they are able to grow up together in, almost until they are eighteen. Luc has had his share of abuse and abandonment as a child, and HAS been to some of the bad foster homes, so he makes sure to protect and watch over Robbie as they grow up together. And while Luc has issues with love and attachment, he learns to trust and comes to adore Robbie. A few times, even, finds himself having to protect her *big time*. I adored Luc. He had his issues and his broken soul, but OMG did I adore him!!

And then.

They become adults, and while the two have always had deeper feelings towards one another, Luc refuses to act on it. They are inseparable, still, and  yet no matter how hard Robbie tries, Luc won’t let her in all the way. Ohhhhh the tension. Sometimes it was a bit too much, and I’d be all… “NO way. He TOTALLY woulda let her!” but still, I enjoyed it. I love not getting what I want right off the bat, in a book.

And then.

Things happen. Lots of things (some good and lots TERRIBLE!!! And certainly unexpected). It is rare that an author will go in this direction. Oh sure, it held my rapt attention, but I was soooooo not happy.

Yanira: Hey there! Anyone read A Modern Love Story? It was one of the freebies last week I think. Is it very sad? I’m @ 2% and crying already! It has good reviews on GR…

Maryse’s Book Blog: Oooh I love crying in books!!

Kim: I read it this weekend and just wait… will have you crying and just wanting to strangle some people. My husband told me I needed to take a break from it on Saturday! LOL!

Yanira: No more crying as far as I’m into…but falling hard in love with this characters, hope it keeps up…

Sandra: I liked it, the ending sort of fell apart…

Yanira: So I’m really liking the story, is sweet and I swooned, but in comes the Wicked Witch … I’m scared of what this witch with a B will do…everything was going so good…

Maryse’s Book Blog: Ohhh I dislike greatly the blonde witch! I don’t really think she’s needed as they have enough to get over, but we’ll see…

Yanira Maldonado OMG! I’m so angry I wanna cry!!!!! …

Kim: Trust me I know!! I was saying ” you have got to be kidding me!” And I was so mad at that Part in the book. Just wait…..

Yanira: I’m @ 78% and still so frikin mad!! … I’ve had to talk myself out of throwing my kindle!!!!

Kim: Oh I tell you I still get beside my self mad when I think about it!! I will have to let my husband read ur posts so he will realize I am not a nut case getting so mad at a book I had to literally put down my iPad and get my breathe! LoL!…

Yanira: Go on…I’m @ 82 now…still pissed though. Haven’t been this angry while reading in a while.

Maryse’s Book Blog: OMG!! I’m so scared!

Yanira: Ok I’m finished. What a wild ride!!

Maryse’s Book Blog: I liked it – for the most part… but then… Honestly? Like Sandra said, to me, I feel it did fall apart in the end. … this is truly one book I would have been okay with it ending differently.

There is only so much I can say, and so much I can share about our reactions, to keep from spoiling it. So I’ll keep it light. Just know. If you choose to read this, fashion-up (fashion-up? Urgh? umm…) some sort of e-reader leash and tie that sucker to your wrist. You might not be able to contain yourself.

I would describe a portion of it as far-fetched. Reaching. I think some of the “answers” detracted from the deeper potential of the story. I don’t know that it even had to go there. Maybe had the end been longer? You’ll see what I mean if you decide to read it.

Although… it probably would make a great Lifetime movie. You know one of those weird-creepy-thriller-psycho-romance ones where you’re all UGH!! in the end? Did I just admit to watching Lifetime again? Tee hee!

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Melanie March 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Her book Amber Eyes is free on kindle right now.

I also read Connected and thought that was really good. She dies and ends up coming back from “the light “, only when she wakes up she realizes someone has hitch-hiked with her. He turns out to be a hot famous rock star. She has to help him stop the band from breaking up and of course there is some romance along the way.

Maryse March 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Melanie!!! You said hot famous rock star!! Those are the magic words ;) I’m in. I mean, this story was good enough to hold me to the end, so I’m definitely interested in trying her again.

Megan March 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Speaking of famous rock stars, I’ve heard that “My Once and Future Love” by Carla Krae has a hot rock star. The prequel is “An Unlikely Pair” is FREE! I’m adding both to my to-read list.

Robyn B. March 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I had the same reaction when I read this book. It started out so well, reeling and hooking me in…then it just went flat for me. LOL it would make a great Lifetime movie.

Aestas March 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Does this book have a HEA? I’m a little worried based on what you guys said (lol) or didn’t say about the ending :p

Maryse March 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Aestas… well. I guess I would say yes. But it depends on how you feel once you reach the end ;)

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