I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.
While I Was Away by Stylo Fantome
You were in a car accident.
They say true love can last forever.
You hit your head, which caused your brain to swell.
Can span any distance, stretch across time, last beyond death.
The pressure against your skull damaged your brain.
Which leads one to wonder …
The damage left you unresponsive to most kinds of stimuli.
If you fall in love in your dreams,
And this unresponsive state is what's known as a coma.
Can you find that love when you wake up?
Full length Romantic Drama standalone.
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it wasn’t what I ended up with–and I mean that in the best way possible.
I was hooked on this story from the minute I read the blurb. The premise sounded so fascinating, and as I’m both a big fan of psychology and paranormal romance, I knew I wanted to dig my teeth in. And while I wouldn’t necessarily go so far as to say this book is paranormal, per se, it definitely has a significant amount of psychology and it gives a unique response to the question, “what happens to the brain when in a coma?”
This is going to be a short review because I don’t want to give anything away–and frankly, you just need to read this book to get it–but there’s this beautiful romance between two sets of characters that plays out throughout the book, particularly between Adele and Jones. Honestly, Jones has skyrocketed up on my list of book boyfriends and if you want to know why, then read this book. There’s not a high level of steam–it’s actually quite slow burn–and there’s a significant amount of whimsy and dreamlike qualities to this story that made me feel like I’d been thrust inside a Disney movie. Once I started reading, I could. Not. Put. It. Down.
The book is told in multiple POVs, including those of Adele’s overprotective but ultimately lovable older brothers, her ex-boyfriend/best guy friend, and her best female friend. Normally I’m not a big fan of more than three POVs, but in this case, it just works. You get so much more insight and understanding and I enjoyed seeing the different scenarios from each character’s perspective.
This is my first read of Stylo Fantôme, but I can absolutely guarantee it won’t be my last. I completely understand why she’s such a popular author in the romance community!
Anyway, this was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it. 🙂
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