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November 12, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Nineteen-year-old Sophie has the kind of hope that makes her do weird things–like leave her family and friends behind in her small hometown and travel thousands of miles to a strange city–Los Angeles.
She didn’t plan on getting into the middle of a bar fight on the USCLA campus her first night in town. She didn’t want to be rescued by twenty-one-year-old Alejandro, the hottest guy she’s ever met. She has no time to fall for a guy because her stakes are high–life and death.
Sophie’s starting a promising, experimental USCLA Medical study that could heal her debilitating disease. But California’s filled with all kinds of alternative healers offering medical miracles. When she ventures on her own to find them, she quickly discovers that L.A.’s a tough city, with bad guys more than happy to take advantage of her.
She hires Alejandro to be her driver and her bodyguard. Their journeys take them to sunny beaches, dicey ghettos, campus hang-outs, gang-infested hoods and celebrity parties. And she learns that healing doesn’t always come the way you think you need it.
Sophie’s healing is six-foot-two-inches tall, has stunning hazel eyes, black, shiny hair and a rock solid chest that shelters her. Her healing is a smart, gorgeous, Alpha Boy with a killer sense of humor–Alejandro.
As they fall in love, she realizes Alejandro isn’t your typical college party boy–he has a dangerous past. And Sophie isn’t the only one who keeps secrets.
A Story of Hope. A Story of Love. A Story of Redemption.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Nineteen year old Sophie is not your average teenager. Facing early onset MS, she’s determined to find healing, not only for herself but for her grandmother, who’s been living with it for longer than Sophie’s been alive. Her journey lands her in Los Angeles, where she seeks answers from experts and experimental treatments, but L.A. isn’t all sunshine and shopping, and she soon finds herself with a driver/bodyguard who’s far too appealing to remain just a friend.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but as much as I liked and pulled for Sophie, there were times when I felt a bit disconnected from her. I thought perhaps it was because I’ve never faced anything as devastating as MS, but then there are other stories with equally foreign challenges in which I had no trouble placing myself.
Sophie’s inner strength and determination had me rooting for her from the very beginning, and I love that while Alejandro was very much a knight riding to her rescue, she remained in control by hiring him as her driver. Of course, that provided the perfect excuse for them to spend time together, and it also justified her not telling him about her illness.
Their friendship is fast-blooming, with easy dialog, genuine emotion, and unique obstacles that deliver more that the cliche “dark secret.” And let’s not overlook their chemistry. Fueled by their very believable friendship, the heat between these two makes for steamy read, even with the somber premise. Alex is gorgeous, of course, but also sweet, funny, and patient, and he’s more than perfect for Sophie. Best of all, though, is the ending. While it would have been easy to tie things up neatly with a miracle cure and an easy future, Sophie and Alex’s tale ends on a happy but realistic note, which in many ways is much more hopeful than the usual ride off into the sunset.
DuMond writes The Story of You and Me with all the drama, emotion, and chemistry of any good love story, but what she delivers is quite a bit more.