The Space Between {Review & Giveaway}

The Space BetweenThe Space Between
by Victoria H. Smith
on April 2, 2013, early release on March 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 324
Format: eBook
Source: AToMR Tours
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When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.

Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

Our Review:

**We were provided a copy of this book as part of this blog tour**
(Of course, we had already bought it back in March) Cool

This book was amazing – cover to cover, every word – AMAZING! It gave me Pretty Woman feels, Save the Last Dance feels, wonderful heartfelt and even some terrified feels. I know I’m not making any sense. But I just can’t seem to stop gushing about Drake and Lacey.

“You’re not from around here, and you’re in way over your head.”

The Space Between is a timeless love story about a country club guy who falls in love with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. It’s the story of how they met, the circumstances that fostered their relationship, and the society that tried to break them apart. The book dives into the sometimes darker side of society and the persecution that interracial couples still face.

I have such a major book boyfriend crush on Drake. He is of Asian decent, born in Korea, but was adopted by a well-off white politicians family as a baby. He grew up with a father that never connected with him and always saw him as a charity case, a PR decision. In an attempt to gain attention from his parents, he acts out as a troublemaker. But underneath the alouf bad-boy, he is a real softy. He never gets into any “real” trouble and is always looking out for his family and loved ones.

Wanna know how I picture Drake?

Actor, Daniel Henney

Um, yes please!! *swoon*

Let’s not forget about Lacey though! She is a down-on-her-luck yet strong and independent biracial female. Her mother, a strong black woman and former actress, is succumbing to the cancer that is destroying her body. Her father ran out on them several years ago when her Mom fell ill. At the age of eighteen, Lacey is working odd jobs outside of her normal schedule at the theatre just to support the family and pay for her mother’s increasing treatment costs. Because of what life has given her, she was forced to grow up quickly and does not look kindly on people of privilege who she feels are “throwing away” their advantages.

And I couldn’t give you a picture of Drake without throwing in one for Lacey too. So here is what I picture for Lacey…

Model, Christina Santini

I mean, come on, she is adorable.

 

One last thought to leave you with – Chapter 29….No words. Just feels!

 

“The angle we were at on the hill, the entire city could be seen in the distance; the South Side, the North Shore, and even the West end of town. There were no divisions. No separations. Every part of the city was linked and connected under the sparkling city lights.”

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Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We Gave It…

5 Stars

 

This Tour was Hosted by

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On a personal note – I had what I guess some people would consider a “privileged” youth. I went to private schools, my mother stayed home and my father worked (a lot). The school that I attended was full of primarily white students. I was a cheerleader and the coaches son was a star basketball player, he also happened to be black. (I know this sounds like a made-for-tv movie already) But I can still vividly remember my mother pulling me aside after she realized that there may be a budding relationship happening between the two of us. To paraphrase her from my memory – “There is nothing wrong with starting to date [Jake], but I want you to understand that a relationship with him will mean a lot of scrutiny by other people. I will support you, but I want you to be sure this is something you really want before you get hurt.” Nothing ever happened between me and [Jake] (name changed for obvious reasons) but I was always proud of my mother’s response and saddened that she had to have it.

Have you had an interracial relationship? Did you feel persecuted or ostracized by society?

Do you think this is as much an issue today as it was 5 or 10 years ago?

 

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About Victoria H. Smith

Victoria SmithVictoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

Social Media links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

About Meagan

Meagan is a Reviewing Wonderland founder and featured reviewer. Because reading books does not go far in paying the bills, Meagan is also an established certified public accountant (I know, right) and spends most of her time working or spending time with her family.
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3 Responses to The Space Between {Review & Giveaway}

  1. Erika says:

    This looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Trish says:

    Sounds like a great book, will keep an eye out for it. Sad face that the comp is US only! But its OK I understand postage is crazy. Racism is sadly all too prevalent where I live. I hate it.
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  3. Tilly says:

    Great review! Thanks for the giveaway, this book looks awesome!

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