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Rae of Sunshine (Light in the Dark #1) by Micalea Smeltzer | Book Review

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Goodreads Blurb

Book: Rae of Sunshine

Author: Micalea Smeltzer

Genre: New Adult Contemporary / Romance

Rating: ★★★★★


ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

I found a new favorite New Adult Romance author, and I couldn’t be happier.

Seriously, the first thing I need to say is… Micalea’s writing is amazing. I’m amazed by how quickly I get hooked into her stories, and how realistic are her characters.

The first book I read by her was Rae of Sunshine, the first book in the Light in the Dark series. I was hesitant at first because I thought it was going to be a cheesy story of two characters hating each other, but falling in love at the same time. Well, it is cheesy, but it is more than that.

Rae was this happy girl but then something happened that made her change who she really was. Now, Rae is a quiet and mysterious person that doesn’t like to get attach to people and doesn’t want people trying to break the ice around her heart. On the other hand, Cade Montgomery is this college football player that everybody loves. He’s attractive, caring, sweet, and a boy full of joy. Both of them have secrets, and are so different from each other but somehow they are the perfect fit for each other. She did not only found the love of her life, but also a best friend.

“Yeah, because I always wanted to carry a little ray of light with me—so even when things got bad I’d be reminded that the sun will always shine again.”

I liked how this story wasn’t rushed, and full of unnecessary drama like some romance stories. They didn’t met each other and said I love you within a week; they took their time to build their relationship in a healthy way. They both revealed their secrets, and BOTH handled the situations in such a mature way. I was so impressed by that because most of the time when a character reveals a secret to another character, ‘x’ character gets mad and makes a big deal instead of being mature.

“Sometimes we all have to suffer through terrible things to find the light in the dark.”

When you start reading this book you may think it’s YA because it has that feeling, but throughout the story the genre changes completely into NA. Even though this is a romance book, it’s message is more than a cheesy love story. It’s a story of overcoming your fears, the mistakes you made in the past, appreciating friendships, letting people get attached to you, and how to live life to the fullest.

“The bad things don’t define us, it’s what we make of them that does. Turn a negative into a positive, that kind of thing.”

I can’t wait to read more books by Micalea… she has tons of books out there. Go and grab a physical or digital copy. You won’t regret it.

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