Perfect Rhythm by Jae is a lesbian romance about what makes us different, how we deal with it and how it affects the way we interact with others. It’s about the limits we put ourselves thanks to those differences and how, if we have the courage to expose our true nature, we can find that, what we thought was a problem, might bring us infinite possibilities.
Being different, what do I know about it? Well, as it is, I know a lot of things about not being like the rest and maybe that’s why I loved Jae’s book so much and why I think having authors like her is something to be grateful for. Because there is someone – thank the goddesses more and more authors every day– that give voice to those who don’t fit.
It takes a huge amount of courage to write about ‘different’, to explore the particularities of a person and expose yourself by writing it. I don’t know how difficult for Jae it was, to get inside someone’s mind that way and explore how to have a relationship with someone might be when you feel different and people in general won’t understand you, but I can assure you that as a reader it was one of the most sweet and endearing stories I have come to read lately.
Holly is pure love, is empathetic, authentic and deep in her feelings. And is scared as hell about falling in love with a person because she knows what will eventually happen, how she being asexual will affect whichever romantic relationship she might have and how bad it hurts. So she saves herself the struggle and decides that keeping herself from falling in love is the solution to her problem – and her problem here is not being asexual but being part of the 1 percent of population that is like her and trying to explain how she feels to people who will hardly understand her.
Leo shares a lot of qualities with Holly, she feels deeply and loves truly but has spent so many years in a world so shallow that trusting doesn’t come natural to her. That’s why when she meets beautiful-and-sweet Holly she doesn’t believe such a person can really exist, because she has spent years surrounded by people that are just behind something Leo can give them. The big walls she has built around herself have even affected the relationship she has with her parents, from whom she has never felt any kind of support or pride of what she does.
The whole book is a roller coaster of emotions, of sweet and sour moments. Proof of it is the scene at the creek, when the picnic is taking place. And that’s exactly what I’m looking for when I read a book from Jae so be ready because if you are like me – poor you *wink* – you will fall in love with Holly and Leo’s story… and you won’t sleep for two days in a row to read the book wishing it would never end.
Totally worth it!
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.