Review: The Lover
THE LOVER - Nia Forrester
Stiletto Press
BUY
June 2017
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: Life can be complicated, and in THE LOVER by Nia Forrester, the protagonists, Ryann Walker and Spencer Hall are at the point in their lives where navigating through life’s complexities are quite challenging. This “woman-centered fiction” chronicles the metamorphosis that Ryann must experience in order to fully accept Spencer as the man in her life. Although the story is set in Washington D.C., it is not the scenic seat of political power that takes center stage as the setting. Rather, it is the working class, entrepreneurial neighborhoods where the author chooses to tell this story.

Ryann is a complex heroine. She is fiercely independent, yet needy. She is a single, successful business woman who yearns for a baby. She’s not into the dating scene, but she wants companionship. She tries to keep connected to her family, but her relationship with her mother and brother are tenuous at best because of past unresolved family issues that led to her brother’s incarceration.  After being a victim of ‘mean girls” in high school, Ryann has only one woman friend she can trust and confide in, Ivy Livingstone.

The romantic interest, Spencer, is also a successful entrepreneur with drive, style and compassion.  At one time he experienced being incarcerated, but he now hires ex-offenders who seek a second chance to make a decent living. Yes, he is just the man for Ryann, but their road to a HEA is not going to be easy or conventional, but it will be life changing. Not only does this story entertain us with romantic scenarios of a man and woman’s attraction to each other, but it also arrests us with serious elements like mass incarceration, molestation, and lesbianism as subplots.

The storyline has many layers and each layer engages the reader. Along with those layers, Nia Forrester has aptly created a supportive cast that compliments the various layers and helps to advance the storyline. As a matter of fact, this story is a different, deep and delightful look at contemporary romance with a realistic punch.

If you are looking for the typical boy meets girl; they fall in love and live happily ever after kind of story, this is not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking to read an honest, and real look into the lives of two flawed characters who work through real issues to stay together, I recommend
THE LOVER, a good read.

5th July 2017 | romcol@caribsurf.com