Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Space Between (Space #1) by Victoria H. Smith

Title: The Space Between (Space #1)
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 2/2013
Adquired: Ebook provided by author
Goodreads: ADD
Purchase: Amazon

*17+ ONLY: language and content* 
When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.

Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

It needs to be said right off the bat, just how much I love, and appreciate, interracial couples. I was lucky enough to grow up around people, and situations, that allowed me to view all love for exactly what it was: love. I don't care what your gender, race, or political stance might be. The Space Between was refreshing, and dealt with an issue that is, unfortunately, still abundant in our society: discrimination. Victoria H. Smith definitely put a new spin on it though.

In The Space Between, we have the pleasure of meeting Drake and Lacey. Drake is of Asian descent, and was adopted at a young age into a wealthy North Shore family. Lacey, a gorgeous brunette of mixed race, hails from the less glamorous West side of town. The two meet during an unlikely situation, and from that point forward, can't seem to break the attraction that forms. Being together, however, is not as easy as they would hope. Age-old dilemmas come into play, and we find out that wishing away discrimination, in any form, doesn't stop it from existing in the worst way.

I loved the struggle, it was frustrating, and confusing, and exciting. Of course, I don't condone the logic and ignorance behind what Drake and Lacey went through, but from a reader of fiction's view, it made for one heck of a story. It was a completely new situation. Drake wasn't born into his family, he wasn't even the same race, yet having a higher "status" than Lacey ensured that his parents would frown heavily on their pairing. Drake's character was demanding, his dialogue, appearance and thought process demanded attention, and I found myself getting attached to him as the chapters went on-also, there just aren't enough lead Asian male characters in fiction today! Lacey was described beautifully. She was your girl next door, the one you watched develop into something amazing over the years. I LOVED that her character was an actress, a dreamer, and that The Space Between opened with her fulfilling her under-study role in a production on stage. She intrigued me from the very first line. It was definitely easy to see why Drake fell for her INSTANTLY..and I mean..INSTANTLY.

The side characters filled in the empty spaces in this book in a great way. It wasn't a fast paced story line, but it was definitely one I enjoyed taking my time to read-there are some RACY scenes in here that had my heart pounding, and my cheeks turning out, or LOOK FORWARD, to those! Overall, The Space Between, read like a modern Romeo and Juliet, except with racier scenes, interracial couples, guns, cancer, and poolside parties. It was forbidden love at it's best, and I'm always up for being the cheering squad when it comes to those! 

Recommended for Fans of: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

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Thank-you to the AToMR Tours for hosting this tour, and to Victoria for sending me a copy of his book!

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1 comment:

  1. I also appreciate interracial marriage. Hopefully, it will one day erase racial prejudices.
    Thanks for the review.


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