Tia Williams comes to the blog with a story of second chances, hope and love with
Seven Days in June
From a rather unexpected rom-com-like start to the deeper twists and turns that brought humanity and depth to the characters in ways unexpected, Williams has brought a story that manages to honor the issues of expectation, failure, addiction and illness in ways that allow readers to understand choices made, even the bad ones, and empathize with, if not see oneself, the characters.
Eva is a thirty-something author with a paranormal erotica series that features vampires and star-crossed lovers, but her next installment is proving harder to write. Her chronic illness has flared up and leaves her unable to leave her bed for days on end, her tween daughter is finding things difficult in school, and quite frankly, Eva is just not feeling it right now. She’s worried that her muse isn’t interested in the stories that pay the bills but would rather write of her own family – women who’ve been “cursed’ and found trials and challenges that are beyond the normal ones you’d expect. Of course, her editors and publisher want the next book – now. And, to top things off, she’s got to attend a literary event – that she’s not been able to prepare for because life intervened with other more pressing (or intriguing) options.
Award winning and enigmatic author Shane Hall appears (much to Eva’s surprise) at this event, and the literary world is watching. Neither can share that years ago they spent a week together – a week fueled by youth, drugs, drink and sex – and never spoke after. Shane’s aged and changed in those years – he’s now two years sober – but the connection between he and Eva is as strong, or stronger. Neither forgot the other – that’s apparent in their writing – but will they actually SEE what’s in front of them and admit it to themselves, let alone one another? The chemistry jumps off the pages when these two interact, their conversations alternate between hilariously funny and surprisingly sweet, and despite all the outside forces pulling at them both – makes the story one where you want them to get it together and make it work.
And while I loved their story and the way that Williams managed to work in all sorts of outside issues that were far deeper than the earliest pages of the story promised me – there was a sort of disconnect between the timeframe, the consistency of emotion and the blatant laying out of the characters on the pages, allowing an instant recognition of who was who – particularly in the last 12 – 15 percent of the novel. The texting felt modern and ‘today’ but was rushing us to an endpoint that was strangely devoid of the heart, hope and depth that the earlier parts of the book brought. While the writing and the characters were people I wanted to know and see together – letting them find the happy ending they both deserved, I felt as if we had missed something along the way. I enjoyed the book nonetheless and loved getting to know Eva and see her interactions with her friends, family and the people around her – and even her struggles with her muse, and her desires versus her “I should”, even when the two were totally opposite. Grab this book and read it – there’s plenty to love and discovering a new author and perspectives you’ve not found before makes even more reasons to grab it.
Title: Seven Days in June
Author: Tia Williams
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, African-American, Family Saga, Friendship, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Woman's Fiction
Published by: Grand Central Publishing
Published on: 1 June, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 32 minutes
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Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again... From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love.
Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York.
When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can't deny their chemistry-or the fact that they've been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since.
Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva's not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered. . .
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.