Monday, December 30, 2013

Review: The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie

Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant's son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard's works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together.

Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy--made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel's record--keeps them apart. Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted, and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family, and classmates.

4 Great Stars

Review by Nicole Lorenzo

Aubrey Price is halfway through to completing her undergraduate degree at Toronto College. She works part time for Dean Grant and is starting her Shakespearian studies class where she can excitedly immerse herself into Shakespeare’s works. When she gets a glimpse of the new TA in the class Aubrey realizes she’s going to like the class a whole lot more. Daniel Grant, with his blue eyes, mussed hair and impossible dimples is the epitome of sexy, but he is also a teacher’s assistant and Dean Grant’s son. Knowing that there are strict no fraternizing rules doesn’t stop Aubrey from wishing things could be different, especially when she senses that Daniel has an interest in her as well. At first Daniel is very hot and cold with Aubrey and she doesn’t know what to make of it, but then one day Daniel lets his guard down and his true feelings for Aubrey are revealed.

“I really like you. I shouldn’t like you the way I do. It’s wrong, and I know it’s wrong, but I can’t seem to help myself.”

Daniel knows he should stay far away from Aubrey, but he can’t seem to get her out of his mind and he knows that they could be amazing together. They decide to keep their relationship quiet until the semester ends and Daniel is released from his TA position. But there’s something else besides the no fraternizing rule between teacher assistants and students that has Daniel nervous about his relationship with Aubrey. Something from his past has him guarded but he still can’t seem to stay away from her no matter what the ramifications may be.

It was as if we were attached by an invisible current, dangerously compelling us to move toward each other.

Aubrey and Daniels attempt to have a relationship and keep it quiet for the remainder of the semester proves to be difficult. When a terrible misunderstanding has Daniel second guessing everything he thought he knew about Aubrey, jealousy and false assumptions can potentially end their relationship before it can really start.

“This was not heart ache. An ache is a dull pain, and there was nothing dull about this; shards of glass were being repeatedly thrust into my heart, twisted, and then violently pulled out.” 

 Can a relationship based on keeping secrets and half-truths really stand a chance? Can Aubrey and Daniel make it through to other side and have the real relationship they both desperately yearn for? I desperately want them to! I was sucked into this story from the first page and now I eagerly await the second book to learn the fate of Daniel and Aubrey. The chemistry between these two is great, and the fact that they have to avoid intimacy and keep their relationship a secret makes every stolen moment they share stand out. Aubrey’s and Daniel’s mutual love for Shakespeare, and the way they banter back and forth using quotes really added a special quality to story. I love the incorporation of Classic Literature in Contemporary Romances, it gives that something extra you don’t find in every other book you read. The Weight of Words is a beautifully written forbidden romance that’s witty, sweet and will have you waiting rather impatiently for the second book which is called Better Deeds than Words.
 “…I’ve spend the last ten years of my life studying words – marveling in their power, their weight. Never once in all those years did I have an inkling that the weight of so few words could be so crushing.”

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