Sunday, 29 March 2015

Living in Sin by Anastasia Vitsky


From Goodreads

Come out to your family, or we're through!

Sick of playing "roommate" for the sake of her girlfriend's religious, tight-knit family, Audra issues an ultimatum: Tell your family, or I move out. After all, Audra's family supports her and loves Ciara as a second daughter. Why would Ciara’s family be any different? Audra's tired of hiding the reality of their lives. She puts Ciara first, so why can't Ciara do the same?

Caught between her family and her girlfriend, Ciara resents being forced to choose. She tries to keep the peace by accepting her aunt’s endless blind dates and comforting her mother who care for Ciara’s dying grandmother. How can Ciara shatter her family by forcing the truth on them? How can she face life without Audra if she does not?

Agonized and at her wit's end, Ciara receives an unexpected spirit visit that asks her hard questions. Does love require self-sacrifice? How much can she give up without losing herself?
My thoughts
5/10 from me. This is a well written romantic short story about a relationship between two young women, Ciara and Audra.

Audra is quite upfront with her sexuality and her family are fully aware of her love for the same sex. However, Ciara's family have no idea about her sexual preferences and are more than happy to foist men on her at every opportunity. Ciara daren't tell her family as they are quite conservative at heart and bigoted against what they deem to be the norm.

Audra has had enough and gives Ciara an ultimatum, either tell her family about her relationship with Audra or it's all over.

Will Ciara spill the beans, will it all end in tears or will ....?? To find out the answer you'll need to read the story.

I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters. It must be so frustrating not being able to be your true self in front of others. Whilst Audra's family opened Ciara into their family with open arms and she could be comfortable in her own skin, the same couldn't be said for Audra with Ciara's family.

There always has to be compromise on someone's part and it can often be one sided if it's the same person giving in all the time. I fully understand why Audra gave the ultimatum to Ciara and Ciara in some ways dug her head in the sand and hoped that it would all go away and that life could carry on the same as it always had. Sadly, that doesn't always happen.

There was enough depth to the story and character development, I would love to read this as a longer book to see what the future had in store for them.

My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the chance to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

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