Author: Isabelle Connors
Release Date: July 9, 2015
Love is a gift, and not everyone is lucky enough to find it. Or maybe the lucky ones are those who never find it. This is not your average love story, this is a life story. Your teenage years aren't supposed to be complicated. But, sometimes they are. What happens when you're attracted to the new stranger in town. Do you just fall in love and live happily-ever-after? Do you follow through on your feelings, even though you know you shouldn't?
From the very first night, Arianna meets Skylar she experiences this indescribable deep connection that she's never felt before. She's terrified and excited all at the same time. She wants to act on these feelings, but she can't, no matter how much she wants to. Things are just too complicated!
Moving from a big city to a small town is never easy, especially for a teenager who had it all. So when Skylar's family has to leave New York for Gulfport Florida, he's not very happy. But maybe things aren't going to be so bad?! Skylar has never been in love before, but he thinks he just may have fallen in love with the girl who caught his eye on his very first night in his new hometown. Even though he's sure she feels the same connection, she keeps resisting because of her misplaced loyalty.
Will love conquer all? Or is that just another fabricated lie that people tell you as a child?
The Introduction is the first in a new indie series (Undying Love). Chronicling Skylar's last year in high school, the year he moved to Florida and met Arianna and fell in love. I've said it before and I will say it again. Novellas are becoming very popular as of late. And it's something that I enjoy for the most part. A riveting story can be told in a much short book. Or maybe it's two or three books that equal the length of a full length novel.
So here we have the story of a boy and girl who fall in love at first sight. Okay, I usually don't go for that. It's not the most realistic. But I'll play along since it's the entire premise of the book.
Arianna's "misplaced sense of loyalty" was annoying at times. Her loyalty ended up only bringing pain to everyone around her. Including herself. But that is where she grows. Learning that she can indeed be happy. She deserves to be happy. Sky just wanted to be with Ari the entire time. Sure he made a few mistakes. Everyone does.
I don't want to say too much about the story, because almost anything I say will be a spoiler. So what I will say is that The Introduction is well written, fast paced, and a nice quick read. And I am very curious as to what happens in the next installment and to see some more character development from the lesser characters. If you enjoy contemporary fiction (particularly YA romance), then you should have an enjoyable time reading this book.
Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and that in no way changes my opinion of this book.