Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith

The Space Between (Space, #1)Release date: March 2, 2013
Purchase: Amazon
*I purchased the paperback.

Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.

The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.

Deliciously enervating! I don't know how else to describe the story. 

The Space Between was interesting from start to finish. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the world building and the realistic elements used. I liked that it's written in the POV of both the female and male, so as the reader we get to experience their individual emotions.

Lacey won me over the moment she began narrating. I admire her characteristics and the kind of woman she is. The fact that she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of her mother is rather tremendous and I instantly connected with the bond the two shared. Lacey is such a nice girl, but not exactly pure and innocent, with her interesting reveals on certain body parts. But I didn't mind it at all. She's not perfect, and I relate with her more because of her realness and the fact that she's had to be so tough for so long.

Drake is a nice guy as well. Of course, with his family status anyone on the outside, including Lacey can and will make assumptions without getting to know him first, but all in all, Drake is a really good guy. What I like about him is how he refuses to let money define who he is, or even let it affect his decisions, unlike his parents. 

The attraction between the two is instant when Drake glimpses and hears Lacey for the first time, and that passion is felt throughout the pages. You really get the sense that they like each other and their feelings continue to grow and strengthen to the last word. I think Victoria did a good job in identifying the societal issues they have to face, whether it being Drake's wealthy family and how they look at Lacey's background, to the fact that their relationship will be tested due to their diversity. And I'm happy that the most important thing remains clear to them, that love has no color.

Once again, the story is really enjoyable. The characters have substance and are fairly established. My only but minor issue is with Drake's little sister, Adele. She's fifteen, yet whenever she pops in the story I feel like its a twelve year old instead. But aside from that, I laughed, I emphasized, I fumed. The Space Between is a quick contemporary read with a sweet and tantalizing romance you will never forget. I truly cannot wait to read the continuation to this wonderful love story. Because despite all their relationship goes through, I know Drake and Lacey will make it through.


  1. This sounds like a cute one! Although it always bothers me when characters act younger than I think they should. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. I am glad you enjoyed it. I have to read more contemporary romances. I read too many paranormal ones:)

    1. That's what I said before I started reading contemporary and now I'm addicted to new adult especially :)

      Thank you for stopping by!

  3. This sounds like such a cute read and perfect for a day by the pool. I love dual pov's in this type of book. Great review Shane!

  4. Great review Shane. I have had this for a while. I need to find the time to read it.

  5. This sounds soo good. I have it, and I really need to read it and soon. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  6. Good review! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I just LOVE this cover! :)

  7. Mmm sounds good. I will have to keep my eyes open for this.
    Great review!



  8. Lacey and Drake sound like a great pair! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. this sounds really interesting!! love the musical aspects!

  10. This sounds like a really good story! I love characters that I can connect to, that seem "real" too :) I think it's great that the book has two characters dealing with diversity in both income and race! I'm glad you enjoyed this book! Great Review Shane! I like how you get to the point, and summarized the main themes in the book.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  11. Sounds interesting! Lacey sounds cool!


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