August 26, 2016 by Evelyn Summers
In The Spur Of Heath – Sydney Ledger
Series: In The Spur Of Heath #1
Genre: romantic drama
Themes: forbidden love, friends to lovers, love triangle, unrequited love
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Two hot men, one confused girl and a shitload of emotional trauma; Never let two men fall in love with you, girls. It never ends well…
Reese Singh – the sarcastic, strong-willed Trini girl; a little mean, a little defiant, a little indecisive and a whole lot of fun.
Heath Andrews – the Australian sweetheart, the best friend. The beautiful, harmless soul, and slightly clueless crush of Reese.
Jake Cavanaugh – the seductive, gorgeous lecturer. A witty confidante with a heart of gold. Forever immaculately dressed, and a few haunting secrets up his sleeve.
In pursuit of love from her best friend, Heath; Reese, a free-spirited Trinidadian girl who migrated to the US to pursue a degree in Film, finds herself amidst an even bigger problem when she begins having an unexpected student-teacher affair with the most attractive teacher on campus, Jake Cavanaugh.
Internally conflicted by her love for Heath & her erotic relationship with Jake, things begin to spiral wildly out of control when Jake’s illusive past comes back to haunt him & their budding relationship. Forcing the ultimate decision…
The Best Friend or The Forbidden Love Affair?
A witty erotic romance with a touch of suspense, lots of drama and a roller coaster ride of emotions.
Contains strong sexual content, adult situations and language
Heat: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Rating: ⭐ ⭐
We then slowly pulled away, our eyes still locked and that’s when I realised that it was more than just acting, it was real.
I really wanted to like this. The premise was great; I am a fan of love triangles when they are done well. I am a fan of forbidden love, when it’s done well. I’m a fan of friends to lovers, when it’s done well. I’m a fan of unrequited love, when it’s done well. The problem here is that there are too many themes and romantic tropes all chucked together. It’s like choosing all your favourite ingredients and mixing them together because they should taste great. But it’s not great; the flavours don’t work together, and it’s messy.
The novel opened up with a big infodump, rather than having these character descriptions and pasts weaved seamlessly into the narrative. Yet, once it feels like you get the hang of it and know where you’re going, something completely new is thrown in – in this case, a dose of crime and suspense – and just totally ruins the suspense of disbelief. Not to mention seeming completely out of character. With some of these aspects and themes removed, this novel would have probably been half the length and twice as readable.
I was in the spur of Heath, and with being in the spur of Heath, I eventually lost myself. I broke every bit of morality left in me because I wanted to have my cake and eat it too.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrative voice. There were too many exclamations, and despite it being in first person, this seemed to be an omniscient first person narrative. If the reader needed to know these details, it would have been more effective to either use different POVs or to come out of Reese’s brain and use a third person voice instead. There was also a lot of telling, not showing – I like to be able to make my own mind up about how to feel, rather than be told that particular things are sad or infuriating
Ledger is a new author, and there is certainly potential here. The killer climax, something I was absolutely not expecting, being one example. There was simply too much here to fully be able to invest in the characters, particularly when Reese herself became unrelatable and unlikeable in how long she messed around with these two.