OPENING ACT

SULEIKHA SNYDER

Publisher:  Entangled

Published Date: May 27, 2014

ISBN:  9781622666706

Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Entangled)

It’s never the same old song…

Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he’s just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can’t take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a long time and Saroj is ready to move on. Adam will have to hit the right note if he wants to prove to Saroj he was worth the wait.

MY THOUGHTS:

Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder breaks all the molds and looks fantastic doing it.  It’s definitely in the New Adult genre, but doesn’t rely on all the “difficult subjects”.  It features a band that isn’t completely dysfunctional.  It has multicultural characters that shine, including the protagonist.  The only problem:  I wanted more, a lot more!

Saroj and Adam have known each other for years.  For Saroj, those years have been spent nursing a crush.  For Adam, they have been spent looking at Saroj like a sister and best friend.  It all starts falling apart with a kiss, and not a shared one either.  Suddenly, Adam’s safe little world is rocked and its very foundations are cracking.

Saroj is, in a word, fantastic.  Saroj is, by her own words, an American desi.  Her cultural experiences, her family pressures, her religious observances are an open book and flow naturally through her as a character and through the narrative of the book.  There is no sense that any of it is forced in any way (i.e., “need to add cultural reference here”).  But Saroj doesn’t have a long way to go to complete her character arc.  It is Adam who has to get over his assumptions, Adam who needs to grow, become aware, accept himself as worthy.  This is the crux of the story.

Woven with ease through the book are the various relationships, both Adam’s and Saroj’s.  A deft and delicate hand draws out the plot where it needs to be tense and releases that tension in just the right and at just the right time.  This is a story about growing up, letting go of old ideas, and accepting love.

 RATING: 4

Heat Rating:  Mild

REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves

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