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Book Review: Natural Love by S. Celi

My whole life, I wanted one thing: to be the perfect son.

Growing up, I did everything my father required. Straight A’s in school. Perfect manners. I forced myself to live up to his standards–standards that pushed the Chadwick family name to the highest rungs of society.

Over the years, we climbed so high that my father hoped we’d never fall.

If only he’d been right. With each successful year, the Chadwick family skeletons grew bolder and darker. Every lie threatened to undo us.

The secret Avery Jackson and I shared was the worst one of all.

She was the one person I shouldn’t love–the one person I couldn’t love. But I did. I loved Avery Jackson. I wanted her, even though a romance with her threatened everything.

It all felt so natural.

And that was exactly the problem

My Review

Natural Love follows the story of Avery and Spencer. Spencer has just returned home after being away with the Peace Corps for the last two years. He has always tried to live his life to perfection in order to please his father, but no matter what he does, he will always be seen as the screw-up.

“Life as a Chadwick had three permanent rules. First, don’t embarrass the family. Second, don’t embarrass the family. Third don’t embarrass the family.”

Now, that Spencer has come home, he is ready to take his place in the family business. But one person stands in the way of him being the perfect son. That person is Avery Jackson. She is the one person that he loves, but is the one person that he can never have. Starting anything with her, will have the power to ruin everything….

Forgive me in advance if my review is a little vague. I’m going to try very hard to keep this review spolier free. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of taboo/forbidden romances, but the synopsis pulled me in and I knew I had to find out more. I was so curious as to why Spencer and Avery’s relationship was considered taboo.

Natural Love is an intense and captivating story about two people who fell in love with the wrong person. They had to tell so many secrets to be in a relationship that felt so natural to them. Their decision to be together was not an easy one. Even though they both had feelings for each other for a long time, they tried so hard to deny it. But their attraction to one another would not be stifled and they eventually gave in to their desires. 

“We were on a collision course with destiny and if we weren’t careful, the fragile life we led would explode”

I really enjoyed the first half of the story: learning about how Spencer and Avery were connected and watching them deny their attraction to one another. I also really enjoyed that this story was told completley from the male pov. However, as the story progressed, it started to become very predictable for me and felt rushed. I enjoyed discovering the secrets that the family was hiding and the secret that the author kept alluding to regarding Avery. However, I would have liked to have seen more drama once their romance was discovered. Yes, people did get upset about their relationship, but I would have liked to have seen that developed a little more. I mean, this was no small secret

Overall, I thought that Natural Love was an ok story. It was a quick and easy read for me. The premise was very interesting, but as I stated before, the story did feel like it was rushed at times. Natural Love was a little out of my normal realm of books that I read, so maybe that’s why it didn’t quite work out for me. 

*An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*

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