Novella Review: Crossing the Line

April 15, 2013 Review 15 ★★★★★

Novella Review: Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Purchased
Pages: 67
Release Date: April 1st 2013
Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Lila McCormick, Echo’s best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.
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I am so so glad Harlequin Australia offered this novella for free, otherwise I don’t think I would have had the opportunity to read it. Novella’s aren’t usually my thing, they seem too short to get any sort of decent plot and often seem pointless. The only thing I like about them is the background they add to the characters and story. CROSSING THE LINE, however, is fantastic.

Like, PUSHING THE LIMITS, the story is told in alternating points of view between Lincoln and Lila. Unlike PUSHING THE LIMITS, each section starts with an excerpt of some of the letters they traded over the years, and we are catapulted right into the complication. Lincoln lied to Lila and she isn’t happy. What does he do? Drive 10 hours (in what should have been 12) to go see her and explain. He went to see her. And brought her favourite flowers. And then was funny and sweet and

Plus, Lincoln has black hair and blue eyes. I am gone. I need him to exist in real life. It needs to happen.
In addition to my love for Lincoln, I really liked Lila. I related to her a lot when it came to the stresses and fears she was experiencing. I had the same only a few months ago. It was nice to see someone like me.

Romance wise, there was incredible tension. So much tension. Lila and Lincoln had only met once before the  events in CROSSING THE LINE, and that was two years ago. When they interact there’s lots of teasing and sweet moments and the entire build up of the relationship

CROSSING THE LINE was a really good little romance. I enjoyed learning more about Lila and fell in love with Lincoln. My only complaint is it was too short, I would have loved to read more of the letters and see the relationship developed. If you love contemporary romance, you should definitely check this out.

(Hint: Last I looked, it was free on Amazon)

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Overall: 4.8

15 Responses to “Novella Review: Crossing the Line”

  1. Ashley

    I read Dare You To first and loved it. I didn’t like Pushing The Limits as much. I’ll have to add the to my TBR.

  2. Chelsea

    I loved this novella too! I was just sad that it was so short. I really hope she writes something longer with them in it. I absolutely loved Pushing the Limits and Dare You Too.

  3. Aman

    I’m not a novella fan but I really liked this one. Lincoln was just the perfect guy, I loved him! I wanted more, I’m was really getting into the story and it ended. I don’t like that. Still, it was worth a read.

  4. Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    Adorable <3
    When I first saw the “drop my pants” gif I assumed they were a little too frisky with each other but your option is way better lol. Novellas aren’t really my thing either but I might check this out. It sounds like it was a great read.

    • Bec

      I wish they had been more frisky with each other…

      Definitely check this out. It’s really good. Really, really good.

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