Friday, February 13, 2015
Book Review: Broken Smiles by Tara Mayoros
Author: Tara Mayoros
Enjoyment Rating: **
Source: Digital Copy
Content Alert: A clean read
Laidan is a humble folk singer who hits it big, and before she's even quite aware of what's happening, she's one of the biggest pop sensations of her time. But after two albums and tours, some of the unresolved issues of her past catch up with her, and she takes off (right from the stage at the Grammy's) to volunteer with Rafe, an American doctor working in rural China. Pretty soon, Laidan's broken smile begins to heal, and Rafe and Laidan fall in love, but Rafe has no idea who Laidan is back home, and she's not sure if he would want her if he did know.
Broken Smiles was one of the less engaging romances I've read lately, mainly because it didn't meet the expectations of its genre. For the first half of the book, as we follow Laidan's rise to stardom, I wasn't sure who her romantic interest would be. For a long time, I thought she would fall for her bodyguard. While I thought the story was sweet, I also had a hard time rooting for someone who was pretty dishonest about who she was in the real world, and it made me not care too much if Rafe chose her or not.