Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★☆
Reading Time: 5 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Young Love from Word Slinger Publicity in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
Honor Jacobs has a dream, and she won’t stop until she achieves it.
Dancing is her life, which means she has no time for men. Especially not tattoo artists with hard eyes, and a mouth that has her thinking things she shouldn’t be. Staying as far away from Grey Anderson as possible is the solution to all her problems. Except that’s easier said than done. And no matter how much space she puts between them, it’s never enough. He might think she’s too young, and she might think he’s not the one for her, but their hearts think differently. It’ll all come down to will and determination…she just needs to decide which path she’s destined to take.
First Line: “‘Miss Honor, watch me!’ I looked over at the little Jeanie as she cartwheeled across the mats…”
We are first introduced to Honor at a tattoo parlor. She’s not getting a tattoo – she wouldn’t dare! – but her friend is, and Honor is offering her support. OF COURSE the tattoo artist is a HottyMcDreamFest! (Do you really have to ask?!) 😏 Oh yes, this man is trouble.
Grey Anderson is what I like to call a Category 3: The Playa Play. He is a ladies man, he’s not looking for anything serious, and he just wants to have fun.
If Grey is Category 3, Honor is Category -3. She is his opposite in every way. She is a disciplined ballet dancer. She is studious, young, and naive.
If only she were a few years older…
There are all sorts of red flags, but Grey can’t help but want to finagle her doohickey! #FinagleMe
Honor tries to resist Grey, but their chemistry hacks a path for them through a jungle of confusion, conflict, and passion. Before, Honor just had her dance career to figure out. Should she go professional? Or should she teach? With all of these opportunities laid at her pointed feet, she eventually needs to decide. Now, Grey has been added to her list of options. *snort* More like list of problems. Grey? Professional dance? School? Teaching?…
The worst part of Grey being a distraction is HE IS PATIENT! Why does the bad boy have to be patient and kind and actually listen? Why can’t Grey be the stereotypical douche lord?? He is melting my heart right now!
Janelle Stalder meticulously planned this out, didn’t she? She woke up one day and said, “I am going to ruin NDP for all other men.” Ay caramba, and THIS MAN! I’m done for.
What is Honor going to do now that she has to make a decision? Because she does make a decision. Girl can’t have it all! (Or can she? 😏) That was mean and misleading… of course she can’t have it all! Besides, Grey makes it easy for her to decide because he is destined to screw things up… and BOY DOES HE MAKE A MESS OF THINGS!!
Young Love is sexy and deviously delicious. Honor and Grey circle each other in a cyclone of doubt, fear, and lust. Commitment – or lack thereof – haunts the pair as they both muddle their way around this butchered path they’ve created for each other.
Would things be different if I was in a relationship with someone like Honor? What exactly was someone like her?… Maybe it wasn’t that I needed something like her, but just simply her.
Staaahp! I can’t handle the swooniness!
We follow both Grey and Honor through first person narratives. Honor’s voice is pure, witty, unfiltered, and eloquent – totally perfect right? Grey is brilliantly raw, but Honor’s narrative inspires me on a completely different level. All of Grey’s intentions and emotions are depicted through Honor’s words; who needs Grey’s perspective with incredible writing like THIS?!?! Honor’s rhythm definitely steals the show. Grey is more of a supplement (albeit a delicious heart-shaped supplement) and he propels Honor along this wild path of passion.
Path of passion… 🤔I like this.
Well friends, good news: THE PATH OF PASSION NEVER ENDS! The tension, the conflict, the pressures around her, the inevitable resolution… Yaaaaas! Talk about wanting to living vicariously through someone!
Young Love is an illustration of a fervid and consuming desire. We have two very different people heading in completely different directions, and somehow Grey manages to pave an intersection for Honor to meet him at.
Umm is there a gentleman waiting for me at the intersection of HOT and GIMME GIMME? 😏