Eighteen-year-old Nathalie Carter is ready to begin her college life as an independent woman. Privileged and living under the roof of demanding parents, she welcomes both a change of scenery and routine.
College senior Sam Torrington is haunted by a past that involves addiction and heartache. Plagued by his misfortunes, he is determined to finish college and move away. However, on the back burner, he reprimands himself by thinking he isn’t good enough to experience a life of happiness.
A chance meeting between Nathalie and Sam strikes up an instant friendship. Soon, neither can imagine a life without the other in it. As their relationship turns from friendship to more, Nathalie discovers Sam doesn’t just have a cigarette addiction. Under the constant scrutiny of his friend Frank, Sam moves to harder drugs, solidifying his former demons have always had a hold on him. Nathalie sees the good in Sam and wants the best for him. But, will her love be enough to make him quit?
This story made me feel every emotion possible. The way Ms. Lavati is able to take such a difficult theme and present it in a way that is both realistic and thought provoking is a sign of a talented writer. A Reliant Love is definitely not your average story of addiction and despair. It is a triumphant tale of needing someone for support and love.
As much as I loved this story, I want a sequel to answer all the lingering questions I had while reading. This includes closure for the secondary characters. Also, even though it didn’t sway my review, there are way too many grammatical mistakes throughout the novel. A better editor would improve this story’s reading, as I was often distracted by the errors.
Despite the ups and downs I experienced while reading this novel, I definitely recommend it for every reader who desires an angsty change from the norm.
Review posted for Hooked on Books.
© Taylor Lavati 2017
What Readers Have to Say...
"An absolutely heart wrenching read that shows us that at times no matter how much we hope, darkness will find its way to win. "
-Blogger's From Down Under for A Reliant Love
"So this book is the ultimate love story. I like how two ordinary people who is so different and still so alike in so many ways can overcome everything together."
-Angelica Berglund for For The Love of Hockey
"I never thought I would read a "zombie book", much less love one. The Last Legacy really surprised me. Even with the whole people-eating-people thing, it was a fantastic book"
-Melannie S for The Last Legacy
"I could not wait to start book two. If this book was as good as book one, then I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It wasn't as good as book one...it was better. "
-Keely Retchloff for Finding Sam
"The powers, the love, the excitement, the drama kept me so enthralled. If you are looking for a GREAT series about true love and mythology, look no further... I wish I could rate 10 stars! Definitely recommend this whole series to all my book loving friends!"
-The Book Blog for A Curse Books Trilogy
"For the Love of Ash" by Taylor Lavati was a rare 5-star read for me. I honestly find many typical romances rather dull and predictable. This was not the case at all here; there was nothing average about the romance, overall storyline, and the long list of supporting characters."
-Summer's Book Blog for For The Love of Ash
"Wingless isn't what I would normally pick up and read, but thought I'd try it out and I am so glad I did. The characters and "worlds" she creates are done so well that you can actually picture them and feel like you are there right along with the characters."
-JLH for Wingless
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