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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review: The Space Between Us by Megan Hart

Title: The Space Between Us
Author: Megan Hart
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Tesla Martin is drifting pleasantly through life, slinging lattes at Morningstar Mocha, enjoying the ebb and flow of caffeine-starved customers, devoted to her cadre of regulars. But none of the bottomless-cup crowd compares with Meredith, a charismatic force of nature who can coax intimate tales from even the shyest of Morningstar's clientele. Caught in Meredith's sensual, irresistible orbit, inexpressibly flattered by the siren's attention, Tesla shares long-buried chapters of her life, holding nothing back. Nothing Meredith proposes seems impossible—not even Tesla sleeping with Meredith's husband, Charlie, while she looks on. After all, it's all in fun, isn't it? 
In a heartbeat, vulnerable Tesla is swept into a spectacular love triangle. Together, gentle, grounded Charlie and sparkling, maddening Meredith are everything Tesla has ever needed, wanted, or dreamed of, even if no one else on earth understands. They're three against the world. 
But soon one of the vertices begins pulling away until only two points remain—and the space between them gapes with confusion, with grief and with possibility.” 
The Space Between Us is not your typical love story, it’s more a story about Tesla Martin’s journey of finding a place for herself in the world. Not an easy journey, where bad decisions leads her to learn the lessons of life.
Tesla’s childhood was as unconventional as it could possibly be; the child of a free-spirited couple, with summers spent in a hippie compound where there were no rules and everything was allowed and even encouraged. For Tesla sex is no taboo, but the most normal of things, she doesn’t consider herself heterosexual or bisexual but sexually fluid.
While trying to find her place in the world Tesla meets Meredith, one of her customers at the coffee shop where she works as a barista. Meredith is a force to reckon with and soon Tesla finds herself with a crush on her. Meredith tries to befriend Tesla and gets her to tell her stories about her “wild” past, wild in Meredith’s eyes, but not in Tesla’s. Taking advantage of her attraction on her, Meredith asks Tesla to sleep with her husband. Thinking that would be the only way to be close to Meredith and liking Charley after meeting him couple of times, Tesla accepts Meredith proposition. A sporadic arrangement soon becomes and more permanent one. But living in an ménage is not as easy as they could have hoped; when family events and their own expectations get in the way a fragile arrangement cannot survive, especially when its foundation was based in lies and deceptions.

The Space Between Us is a heart-wrenching read with flawed characters that come together for the wrong reasons. The prologue is the end of the book and from there is goes to tell us how everything started. Knowing there is not a possible outcome you keep reading hoping for a miracle along the way.

Tesla is a character that broke my heart, she hasn’t find a place in the world and looking in the wrong places for the wrong reason is pretty obvious she won’t find it. Still it’s impossible no too root for her and wish her a deserving happy ending.
Thanks to flashbacks we also learn a lot about Tesla’s past; that helped me a lot to understand her and connect with her.

Meredith was a character I couldn’t like; from the beginning the reasons behind her behavior were pretty obvious, she was a manipulator and a deceptive woman who hid behind smiles and nice words.

There was not much about Charley for me to say I liked him or not, he was a very bland character. Sometimes I wish he had a backbone, instead of letting Meredith rule his world.

Charley and Meredith have been married for eight years, but their relationship was one where love wasn’t a protagonist, it was more a relationship where being married was more comfortable than accept things weren’t really working between them. And adding another person to something that wasn’t already working was a recipe for disaster.

There is not a certain HEA in The Space Between Us, but a possibility of one. An end that didn’t feel realistic or fair for Tesla, one that left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth.

There is secondary story going along, one about family issues and the importance of honesty in any kind of relationship, I kind of like this story better than Tesla-Meredith-Chaley’s story. 

If you like your stories with flawed characters, very emotional relationships, sexy and hot scenes and fluid writing, The Space Between Us is for you.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

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