Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Don't Stand So Close to Me - A Review of THE WEIGHT OF WORDS by Georgina Guthrie

(Goodreads Blurb)

Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college Dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together. Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy, made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record, keeps them apart.Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family and classmates. 

Thank you to the author for providing an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I have to start by saying that I read this story in its very first form a couple of years ago.  While I enjoyed it the first time, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there had been many changes and upgrades between that first version and the copy that I have read for review.  I recognized some major events and people, but in no way did I feel like I was re-reading the same story.  

The Story...

In the last semester of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, Aubrey Price is instantly in lust with Daniel Grant, the gorgeous TA in her Studies in Shakespeare.  After receiving some very mixed messages from Daniel, he finally confesses that he is very attracted to her also.  Unfortunately, he is unable to act on those feelings due to the university's anti-fraternizing policies.  

Aubrey and Daniel decide to try to get to know each other while keeping a platonic relationship.  This becomes difficult as texts become risque and moments alone find Aubrey wrapped in Daniel's arms.  

Trouble comes when Daniel lets his past cloud his present judgement.  Tension rises as the couple counts down to the days until they can truly be together.  Secrets kept threaten to tear down everything that Aubrey and Daniel have been building up.

What Worked...

The author set this story up in a fantastic way.  The sexual tension is so very thick that it becomes its own separate character in the story.  The stolen moments between Daniel and Aubrey are therefore passionate and intense, always with the threat of discovery.  Every whisper of breath or slight brush of fingers causes the tension to jump another level.  It's delicious and kept me awake turning pages long after I should have been asleep and snoring.

What Didn't...

Sometimes I felt like the extreme emotions and reactions from Aubrey and Daniel seemed disproportionate to the events of the story.  Also, I know that this is a trilogy, but the ending was a little unsatisfying.  I'm a fan of books that can stand alone, without the help of the stories that come after.

This was a great debut for Georgina Guthrie and a good read.
3.5 out of 5 Stars.

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Don't Stand So Close to Me by The Police

With this story and this plot, I couldn't help but use this song.

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