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AUTHOR: Kathryn Vance-Perez
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: January 2013
SOURCE: Review copy received from author for blog tour
Eighteen-year-old Nicole Harrison has spent her high school years devoted to academics and dance, leaving no time for a boyfriend and a life. Her parents’ shocking divorce causes Nicole to believe that true love is impossible to find. After spending her life in a small Texas town, Nicole joins a foreign exchange student dance program in the country where she was born. After years dreaming about her birthplace, she boldly leaves her world behind and moves in with a host family on the island of Okinawa in Japan. She anxiously awaits a year of improving her dance technique while enjoying a world of new experiences
Jonathan Hayes was born to a Japanese mother and American Marine father via a surrogate in the States. After his father’s tragic death in Iraq when Jonathan was only a baby, his mother moved them back to her home in Okinawa. As a child, Jonathan’s mother immersed him in American culture to honor his father. His good looks and immense musical talent have left him with no shortage of female admirers. But after a bad break-up from his girlfriend of two years, Jonathan plunges into a playboy lifestyle that leads him along a destructive path. As his wounds begin to slowly heal, he tries regaining his self-respect by living on the straight and narrow. But his heart remains closed to the idea of love; that is, until the night he sees the beautiful and innocent Nicole Harrison, upon the balcony of his neighbor’s home.
While Nicole tries to navigate an unfamiliar country, she also has to learn how to navigate the unfamiliar and unwanted feelings she’s developing for Jonathan through some very heart-wrenching and trying times.
Will her fears push him away, or will Jonathan show her the truth of loyal love…
Nicole had spent her life in Texas closed off from boys, dating and relationships. Her dancing schedule was too busy and meant to much to her to throw it away. Plus, she felt let down by her parents’ divorce after 20 years of marriage, she was sure that she wasn’t going to go that way. Moving to Okinawa for a year to further herself with her dancing was meant to be just that, her immersing herself in practice, and not allowing boys to become part of the equation. Then along came Jonathan Hayes …
Jonathan had endured a pretty tough life. His dad died when he was a baby and he’d broken up with the girl he thought he would marry. He didn’t take the last thing too well and had started using drinking and partying as his coping mechanism. Seeing Nicole for the first time changed something in him and made him want to change the way he was acting.
Nicole and Jonathan’s story was romantic, intense and developed very quickly. It wasn’t love at first sight but there was a connection between them from the first sighting and it was interesting to read how that progressed. The road to their happy ever after definitely had some bumps in it and there was a lot that they needed to work through. The idea that “love and truth” were what matters got them through. I liked the idea that through their love for each other they could learn and grow and change.
Love and Truth was a cool book to read. I loved all the Japanese cultural references, I really feel like I learned something! I also LOVED the playlist that ran through the book, some songs I knew but some I didn’t, and I enjoyed searching for them on YouTube. I liked the story. I liked the writing style. I liked the descriptions of Okinawa and Japanese culture. I liked reading about Nicole’s wardrobe! I liked the side characters, both in Texas and in Okinawa. There was just one thing I didn’t like and that was Jonathan’s behaviour towards Nicole at times. He often had outbursts of anger, both verbal and physical, that were directed at her, and that he blamed her for. I felt uncomfortable with this. I did like their relationship but just not these parts and I felt that Nicole let them slide without addressing them. I don’t think it sends out a very good message to other teen girls.
Annie, Nicole’s best friend from Texas, was hilarious! The things she said had me laughing out loud. I love it when the female main character has a friend with a strong personality and Annie definitely has one of those! Emiko, the daughter in the Japanese hos family, was sweet. She welcomed Nicole in to her family and her life and that’s just what you’d want when you’re far away from home and not going back any time soon.
Nicole’s wardrobe was one to be jealous of! I loved reading about which outfit she’d be wearing next and it may have inspired me to go on a shopping trip very soon, just don’t tell my husband, OK?!
So, yeah, I liked Love and Truth and will definitely read more of Kathryn Vance-Perez’s work.
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