Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release Date: April 1st 2013
Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
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
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)