Review: Between by Cyndi Tefft
Author: Cyndi Tefft
Format: Trade Paperback, ebook
Original Release Date: June 1, 2011
ISBN #: 978-1460937105
FTC Disclaimer: This ARC was received from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
In Cyndi Tefft’s debut novel BETWEEN, she tackles the question of life after death. She does so eloquently, and with a romantically interesting twist. The imagery she uses paints very vivid pictures. Pictures that come to life with such sharp clarity that the reader feels as if they are actually in the scene.
Lindsey Waters is a girl who is distinctly indistinct. An average girl, with an average college career, and an average, good guy boyfriend. Unfortunately for Lindsey, things start going downhill when she can’t return the declaration of love from her beau. Things hit rock bottom when, on the way home from their uncomfortable date, they’re involved in a deadly accident.
Enter the yummilicious, very above average, Aiden McRae. The oh, so sexy Grim Reaper comes to escort Lindsey’s spirit self from her body to the gates of heaven. Along the journey, however, Aiden brings to life that “spark” she never felt with her human boyfriend. Their love is forbidden, and Aiden knows he is walking a thin line allowing himself to feel for the girl. Lindsey makes the choice to stay with Aiden outside of heaven, rather than have an eternity without him once she passes through the gates. During their time together, Aiden takes her to places she never dreamed she would see, and inspires her to
have feelings unlike anything she’d ever felt.
I really enjoyed this story. Aiden and Lindsey are very well fleshed out. I was very happy to learn how they got to the places they were in. Both Lindsey’s family and time growing up, and Aiden’s life before his assignment as the Grim Reaper brought interesting dimension to the characters. With the brilliant scenes that Tefft creates, I can actually picture this story being made into a movie. (Sean Biggerstaff for the part of Aiden in the movie please!) However, I felt like Aiden was a bit too perfect. I enjoy a story where the male lead has a flaw or two. That being said, Aiden’s yummy body and sexy Scottish accent certainly go a long way towards making me appreciate that perfection.
I also noticed that Between had moments that reminded me of another story about a girl and a “traditionally forbidden” romance. Meadow scenes in the Pacific Northwest and Aiden’s emotional push-and-pull are bound to feel a little familiar to Twilight Saga fans. Luckily, the story is strong enough to carry the influence of the popular series without losing it’s own identity.
Overall, for a debut novel Cyndi did a tremendous job! I am already looking forward to HELL TRANSPORTER, the next book featuring Lindsey and Aiden! CONGRATULATIONS CYNDI!!
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