Review: Salt by Mara White
Misty's 4 Star Review ~ Good Reads Review Link
"An undeniable love story between two very different different worlds with very similar souls. Fate knew what is was doing." ~ Misty, White Hot Reads
This book started off a bit slow and maybe a bit cliche for me then about halfway through something shifted on its axis and things started looking up. Way up. Maybe that slow burn was exactly what this story needed. A story that passes all the surface stuff and digs its way into your soul and sinks its claws in.
This isn't your typical love story that is only a few months old, no Mara spanned this story across years and never once did you question the timeline. What this timeline did was solidify that maybe fate really does have a bigger pull on life than we'd like to give it credit. Chance meetings in a city divided by social standards, even if by just a block or two seem almost impossible, but this author somehow made you think it was the norm over the exception. She made you believe those chance encounters after years was exactly how the world works when I think we all know that isn't the truth.
Although we see two very different worlds in this book they never once made me think Salana and Tiago didn't belong together. It was quite the opposite really. The chemistry between these two is undeniable so when time lapsed and they weren't together you felt that void. I found myself rooting for this soul crushing love to win over everything thrown in its way. When they were together my heart sighed in relief.
This book is an eye opener to so many things in not only our little piece of the world but across the ocean. Seeing the very vasts differences that are still so prominent make you want to become the Salana and Tiago's of the world to make a change, even if it's just steering one kid from the wrong path. This book gives you hope and understanding that there are those people and that one day maybe we'll writing books like this will just be fantasy and not reality. Give this one a chance. And now I must go read every Mara White book ever written.
Salana Livingston did everything right, from taking her multi-vitamin to kneeling before bed to say her prayers every night. She followed the path her parents had planned before she was born, never questioned the role until the day a bus-load of sweaty kids from the Bronx got dropped at her parent’s horse farm.
Tiago Alcazar knew a life of hard knocks. An incarcerated father, a missing and strung-out mother who left him to rely on his aged grandmother for most of his life.
Tiago runs the mean streets of the neighborhood that raised him, living hand-to-mouth, everyday a gift, if he can just make it.
Burdened by a world that only wants to see her as perfect, Salana finds her greatest confidant in a boy society has labeled as worthless. Their paths cross too many times for their stubborn hearts to deny the connection, but can the delinquent and the debutant defy the odds and overcome the social constructs that condemn them?
Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.