Buy links: Goodreads | BD | Amazon | B&N | iBooks
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Read Count: 1
Published: March 12, 2019
Pages: 226 pages
Format: ARC ebook
Average Rating: 4.45 stars
My Rating: 4 stars
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It did not influence my opinion of the book nor the content of my review
Description: One week.
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she’d hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.
SPACE is book #2 in the Hypothesis series, following MOTION, which y’all know I absolutely adored. It was just so much fun, with all my favorite tropes.
In Motion, Abram is our romantic hero, and Mona the heroine. Problem was, Mona is the studious twin to the rebellious troublemaker that is Lisa. But Lisa got into some trouble, and her parents essentially grounded her to the house, but they’re not home, so they tasked Mona and Lisa’s brother’s best friend (Abram) to “babysit” troublemaker Lisa. Essentially. But Lisa’s in jail, and can’t do that. So Mona flies out and has to pretend to be her sister… except sparks fly between Mona-pretending-to-be-Lisa and Abram!!
When we left off in Motion, Lisa had just returned home, and Mona left, leaving Abram super confused with “Lisa” turned a 180 on him and seemed like a completely different person.
Maybe because…. she is? But he’d never met the other twin (Mona), so the deception didn’t even occur to him until two years later, where SPACE takes off when the two find each other in the same family lodge over vacation.
stop talking about her
stop thinking about her
stop wanting her.
I’m an avid Penny Reid newsletter reader (seriously, there’s literally nothing better), and her little excerpts and teasers have been, well, such a tease!
Mona, the main character, is a typical Ms. Reid “Smart” character. She’s so bookish and shy and adorable, I love her personality, her humor and just HER! She decides she needs a little vacation at her family’s lodge in the mountains. At least near the mountains…? Not technically sure about the distance of the setting to mountains. But there were LOADS of snow.
She brought on her friends with her, and the two of them were looking forward to a week of snow, reading and hot chocolate. But Mona’s brother Levi drops in with a slew of other guests … including Abram. Now the last time she saw Abram was when she slipped from his arms in the middle of the night, and her sister arrived and then cut him off the next day, two years prior to the events in SPACE.
When I found out this is where the book was starting off … I said yeeeeeeeee!!! yikes!!
“Yes?” I shivered. The way he said my name, it was the auditory equivalent to being stroked.
“Will you be brave with me?”
It was so completely and adorably awkward. This romantic installment was an overload of emotions for the characters: love, sadness, hurt, joy, anger, humor, confusion and lust, and for me: anxiety, awkwardness, laughter and ALL the feels.
Although I wasn’t too happy with Abram in the beginning–like okay, Mona lied but yeesh the jerk meter just kept rising–he quickly turned around and won me over once again, just like in book one, and I even fell more in love with him! One of my complaints about MOTION was that I didn’t feel like I got to know Abram, and he just seemed like a conveniently handsome, cute target for Mona’s affections. Although I loved him, I didn’t feel like I knew him. Now, I feel like I know him.
“I need someone to listen to my heart.” His face inched closer.
“And it only wants to beat for you.”
Overall, it was sweet, smart, fun and absolutely hilarious. I was either grinning, wincing, laughing, or a complete ball of anxiety the whole time, which is a trademark result of reading one of Ms. Reid’s Smart Romances. The feels and the angst were very prominent in this one and was much more angsty than usual for her Smart Romance, but it was successful. Ms. Reid really set a great tone with these first two books, and I can only hope that the final one is just as good!
Have you read a Penny Reid book? What are some of your favorite go-to romances? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!