Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley

Pushing the Boundaries
By: Stacey Trombley
Release Date: January 16, 2016
Series: Off Limits #1

Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls.

Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe.

The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.

If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives.

This was an interesting read.  There were highs and lows in this book for me but overall by the ending I started to feel a little more for the characters as a whole.  It was a nice to start to a new series, would love to see where this is going though.

We meet Myra as she is on a trip to Haiti with her mother to work at a clinic.  First let me say this is something countries like Haiti need more of, it’s great to see a book that emphasizes the needs and wants of other countries in beneficial ways.  Sure you can’t help them all but every little bit helps overall.  I think the characterization of the Haitian people was good, was it perfect, maybe not.  I’m not Haitian so I can’t really say and I’ve never been but I can definitely image.  I know how tough it can be.  Anyway I’m sidewinding away from the story.  Myra is trying to sneak away to see the real Haiti in hopes of getting a photograph so she can submit it for a college that her mom doesn’t want her to go to.  It’s all very dramaqueenesque, but what is a problem for some may not be for others, meaning what is a big deal to one person may not seem like a big deal to another. 

We meet Elias who is also fighting to survive for him and his family with his job driving and interpreting for the Americans.  But his attraction to Myra seems to be his downfall.  It’s actually really sweet how quickly he fell for her and how utterly hurt he is by her, but still he fights for her.  Will Myra do the same for him though?  That is the question and you will have to read the book to find out.

I think this book had a lot of good points to it, it was a quick read, interesting to throw you into this kind of setting.  Not something that happens in young adult books or contemporary romances.  This wasn’t even about the two cultures clashing and possible love, this was really about two people from two different worlds trying to get through their young lives and live happily doing what they know best.  There are issues being bought up in this book such as parent and child differences, coworkers showing over empowerment over other employees. So many things throughout this book.  It did bring a tear to my eye at one point.  But this is just the beginning. Let’s see what will happen next.

Love the cover, the story and just everything it was an overall good book.

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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