3 out of 5
Exception was a good book. Really, it was. While the main characters, Emily and Taylor, were the focus of the story; I don’t feel like this book should be strictly classified as a romance. The bigger message that I got from this book was about friendship and healing. The writing is superb. The descriptions are rich and vivid and the entire cast of characters was likable and endearing. Everyone should be lucky enough to have their own Fruitcake and Cupcake as best friends.
My drawbacks to giving this book a higher rating was the length. This book is really long and sometimes the descriptions were too verbose. And I needed more angst and action. For the majority of the book, it’s a sweet story with a focus on friendship and moving forward. The last quarter of the book was the true romantic part of the story. Emily and Taylor spent the first 3 quarters of the book being best friends with an undeniable connection. It was cute how adamant both of them were to “just be friends” when it was so obvious to everyone around them that they were perfect for each other. Patty Maximini does an excellent job at telling a great story and I enjoyed reading it. It was sweet and touching. It was just a long read of sweet and touching. I think that a lot could be scaled back and the greatness wouldn’t be hindered in the slightest.
When all hope for moving on from a life filled with pain and abuse was gone, Emily Watson closed herself off to the world, packed her bags, and moved across the country in search of a new life. What she found was a career she adored and friends she loved. It wasn’t a full and complete life, but it was definitely better than what she knew before.
When all hope for being loved and accepted for who he was instead of what he had was gone, Taylor Carter decided that trusting people outside of his family wasn’t really smart and would only lead to disappointment. With his world turned upside down, his life became about his work, and every new relationship was meaningless and superficial. He was safe and definitely content but never truly happy.
When all hope for staying awake during a long day was gone, Emily and Taylor found themselves at the same coffee cart. Little did they know then that the worst coffee they’d ever had would forever change their lives.
When hopeless people are blinded by an endless pain, when contentment and safety feel like the best options, and when love seems impossible, they may just find an exception.
About the Author
I’m Patty, and words have always been a passion of mine. I’ve always loved to read them, write them and learn them in other languages. Last year, I’ve decided to take that passion and turn it into a book, the result was Exception, my very first novel due this October.
Whenever I’m not sitting behind my computer, I’m either enjoying the company of my dear hubby, Alex, and our four four-legged babies or reading. I’m a firm believer in long hand written letters, love of any kind and good stories.
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