Thursday, October 9, 2014

Blog Tour: The Space Between Us by Anie Michaels

They always belonged to each other but even a fated love can be fractured.


Shy, artistic, and withdrawn 11-year-old Charlie McBride tries to get her footing as she copes with the loss of her mother, the move to a new town, and starting a new school. Asher Carmichael steps into her life, provides a steadfast friendship that offers her protection to grow into a beautiful, young woman. As years pass, their friendship evolves into a passionate first love neither one of them can deny. Together they explore a new relationship filled with all the butterflies and heartache expected as two young adults navigate sex, love, and trust.


One fateful night, a painful mistake leads to cataclysmic results, setting the lovers on separate paths. Charlie is too hurt to forgive and Asher has never been so lost without his Charlie. Years pass. Hearts remain broken. Neither one can forget their first love or overcome the space between them.


Contains sexually explicit language and other mature content. Readers should be 18 or older.
This was one of those really sweet stories about a boy and a girl who become best friends at school and as they become teenagers, fall in love. 
I love romance stories like this.  Asher and Charlie have this intense, sweet love for each other.  They have crossed the bridge of adolescence together and every ‘first’ has been shared with each other.
I love how Asher is so protective of his girl, don’t we all want a guy in our lives who makes us feel safe and protected?  These two finish high school together and head off to college, which brings a whole new environment to their relationship but I think they cope well.
When Charlie gets some news that will forever change their lives Asher does a complete 360 and walks away.  I was completely surprised that he reacted that way, in that he didn’t just leave it a day to cool off and think about it but it was a lot longer.  I feel like it was so out of character for the boys we had come to know and love.
Then we skip 13 years ahead.  Another thing that I found quite odd, that is a long time leap.  Charlie is now living in New York and making a new life for herself.
We meet another character in this story called David who is treated so badly by Charlie, I was embarrassed and ashamed on her behalf. Charlie receives a call that brings her back to her home town which in turn brings her near Asher again.
Asher is back living in Willow Falls and trying to make a life for himself.  He has never stopped loving Charlie and when a chance meeting brings them back together he is determined to hold on to her forever.
This is a sweet story about second chance love.  It was beautiful until ‘that’ moment in college and then it felt like it just veered away from what I thought I knew and loved about Asher & Charlie’s relationship/friendship.  It had a lovely ending but I was left feeling a bit confused and wanting to know more about those 13 years we all missed.
I give this 3.5 stars
Anie Michaels started writing her first book in June of 2013 and since has managed to make it a full-time career. She spends her days in coffee shops imagining the lives of her fictional characters and then goes home to be a mother and wife; her other full-time career. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, where some of her books are set, and wouldn't live anywhere else. When she isn't writing or taking care of her small children she spends her free time with her close friends and family. She loves beer and wine (a requirement went living in Oregon), and wishes she had more time for television because sometimes it's nice to look at attractive men instead of imagining them all the time.

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