Snapdragon Series by Jami Denise
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Tiny Threads (Book 1)
Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Jenna and Royal Grainger are the couple no one and everyone thought would be together forever. Having met as teenagers, married before they graduated high school, and together for 20 years, they have the fairy tale romance of high school love. However, lately, Jenna can’t help but feel like her dream come true is disappearing slowly. Royal is distant and moody, unapproachable and putting his work before his family. All Jenna has ever wanted was Royal and she is willing to fight for her family and her marriage, but will Royal fight for her back?
It took a long time for me to decide that I like this book. It wasn’t because the beginning was slow; on the contrary, there is a lot of action throughout this novel. And it wasn’t because the writing was weak; although there are some editing issues, it was nothing major that infringed on my understanding and enjoyment of the storyline.
Instead, the first person narration took away much of the demonstration of characteristics and actions—telling rather than showing. Despite feeling this way, I cried when the climax of the novel happened. Obviously, I was much more invested in the characters and story than I recognized. Part of it is because the struggle to maintain a marriage after years of being together resonates with me. Part of it is because the drama is so intense. But mostly I think it’s because I could honestly feel how much Jenna and Royal love each other. Sure, neither one of them is perfect, but no one is and no marriage is immune to problems. It was wonderful to see the two of them love each other so fiercely and totally.
There are some pretty intense sex scenes in this novel, so be prepared for some married sex. But also be prepared for the reality of married sex life where weeks can go by with nothing going on. I did really appreciate, though, the way physical touch and comfort is depicted as such a vital part of staying connected with a partner. I think it’s a very honest portrayal of marriage and the connection between the emotional and the physical is prominent in this novel.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)
If you enjoy dramatic novels with lots of supporting characters and a mature love, then this is a good novel and worth the price. Some people enjoy the moment of falling in love, and some people enjoy the process of fighting for love—if you like the latter rather than the former, then I’d suggest this book.
Something else you might enjoy:
Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson is also about a married couple experiencing difficulties so if that’s a storyline that intrigues you the way it intrigues me, you might enjoy it. You can read my review of the novel here.