3 out of 4 stars
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T.D. Hassett’s Isabel’s Awakening is a fictional, romantic novel with strands of intrigue and mystery woven within. Hassett writes a piece about a young high school teacher living in a rundown apartment with a ghastly-looking cat and a thesis that unfortunately does not edit itself. She meets Thomas Morgan in a bookstore and soon realizes is the lead singer in the popular rock band Beckett.
Thomas has a troubled past while Isabel is currently living a life where her troubles seem to follow her around. A few years prior, Thomas lost his brother and divorced his drug-riddled wife. He agreed to share custody of their child. Some aspects of Isabel’s Awakening, including Thomas’ willingness to leave his son with his drug-addict ex-wife, seem less than realistic. It seems unrealistic when reading but the author could be trying to outline some parenting difficulties or instances where children grow up in less-than-desirable circumstances. Either way, Thomas does his best to look after his child.
Isabel lives in an apartment in a dangerous neighborhood while working in a tough inner city school. She tries to get through her days but all of a sudden, her thoughts and troubles change when Thomas enters her rather mundane life. Isabel and Thomas quickly grow attached to each other and learn just how different their lives are. As they learn more about each other, their sexual endeavors become more frequent and more intense. The sexual content becomes rather consistent and while it may not be for all readers, it furthers the plot and shows us more about the characters and how their relationship is changing.
Besides erotic content, Hassett also tries to add strands of mystery and intrigue. Threats to Thomas are mentioned throughout the story but only periodically. It is a problem that is mentioned and made to seem dangerous and intense but are only written about occasionally. It is also wrapped up in a less-than-dramatic way that takes away from the seriousness of the story.
Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 4. I loved the story but saw some holes within the plot, especially involving the threatening letters. I recommend this book to others who enjoy romance. It is a book I would read again and has made me more interested in other pieces by the author.
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