Something Between Us – Krystina Rivers

3.5⭐️ – Nine years after Quinn chose the Navy over their relationship, Kirby literally stumbles onto her ex and all the feelings she thought she had dealt with come rushing back. It doesn’t help that she keeps meeting Quinn in all her favourite places, nor that Quinn is as beautiful as she ever was. After what she now knows was the biggest mistake of her life, Quinn has resigned herself to a solitary life but what if all these chance meetings was fate pushing them back together?

As with many debuts, the writing in Something Between Us has room to grow and it could have benefited from tighter editing. The characters, however, are solid. Not always likeable but relatable. The reason for the 80% breakup is so flimsy, I was glad to see the character’s friend call her out on it. It’s not flimsy because the author lacks imagination, it’s flimsy because the character is hurting and scared. It gave both women the opportunity to empathize with each other and strengthen their relationship.

The fact that said relationship started while they were both in the military, had to hide because of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and reconnect after the policy has been repealed and they’re both civilians gives this second-chance romance a special flavour, all the more so as the characters’ motivations to join the military in the first place are very different.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read and I’ll check out the author’s next book. And bonus point for the characters drinking my favourite wine, Brunello di Montalcino.

3 stars

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