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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Between the Lines by Jasmine Aherne

Between the Lines by Jasmine Aherne
Publisher: Wild Horse Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (148 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Edelweiss

Attorney Victoria Langston loves her job, but realizes she's missing something in her life. She just doesn't know what it is yet.

Author Aaron Cooper is pleasantly surprised when he meets Tory. The moment he sets eyes on her, he knows he wants her.

The two begin a whirlwind relationship, but where can it possibly go? She lives in New York and he lives in England. As the two get to know one another better, they discover that their feelings run deeper than either wants to admit. Will Tory and Aaron be willing to forget their pasts and give each other a chance? Or will old relationships get in the way of something wonderful?

Early in Jasmine Aherne’s Between the Lines, we meet Tory, a successful New York City lawyer who is harried but successful in her family law practice. But success comes at a price. She has friends aplenty but no love life beyond blind dates and a jilted relationship that leaves regret but no pain because it never really got off the ground. As a favor to a cousin, she meets Aaron, a British author who needs her assistance for a novel he is setting in NYC. The attraction between them crackles from their first meeting.

The main characters have an introspective quality, owing to the way the author uses POV shifts to put us alternately in the heads of the protagonists. From their viewpoints we see their emotions waver, and hesitate, and advance. The characterizations are very good, and as we take their part, we are cheering on a relationship that looks to be in grave doubt. As a counterweight to emotional gravity, this book has a chick-lit flavor, with Tory repeatedly consulting with her girlfriends to review strategy and gauge the course of her feelings. Eventually we learn that Aaron’s romantic decision making is blocked by some deep, dark secret, and this brake on his progress provides the story with a healthy dose of suspense.

Sadly, the proofing of this otherwise fine book is atrocious, and you’ll find yourself tripping over typos and misspellings throughout. But that aside, the word to summarize the story is touching. It ultimately wins out over a substantial amount of humor and slapstick informality. This is a story with an unabashedly sentimental ending, and its triumph is one you’ll not soon forget.