Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Maldeamores by Mara White!
HO-LEE. SHIT. WOW!!!!! What. A. Read!
“Gene mutations I can tell you about, Belén. But love, that is the universe’s greatest mystery.”
First off, I’d never read a book by Mara White before – but now I’m thinking I should. The way she writes is just so captivating and addicting… I was hooked onto Maldeamores from the beginning. The taboo subject of the book isn’t for everyone: it’s about cousins who fall in love. I took a chance on this book because I LOVE forbidden/taboo love stories, and this one was calling to me. I wasn’t uncomfortable with the topic (first cousins can marry in many places, after all), but Maldeamores still held enough taboo to make my heart race. If you’re unsure about this book, I say GO FOR IT!!! The writing is spectacular, and it’s the kind of story that sweeps you away and emotionally exhausts you – I freaking loved it!
“I think that nobody can help who they love. That shit just happens and you’ve got to figure out how to deal with it. I don’t believe it’s a choice. Ever.”
Belén and “Lucky” Luciano have been inseparable since they were born – they’re cousins who grew up together, but somewhere along the way, their familial love turned into something more. I loved that we get to see Belén and Lucky in their younger years, how they grew up together and how they started falling for each other. Both knew it was something wrong – forbidden – but… you can’t help who you love. I never felt like what they did – falling in love – was wrong. It was just so right between them. The author wrote their characters in such a way that I was able to see how clearly they belonged together, no matter what their families or society think. The connection between them was as pure and passionate as it was gut-wrenching and emotional. Nothing is easy for their relationship, not that they have much of one in the beginning. As much as Lucky loves Belén, he doesn’t see himself as worthy of her, so he stays away from her, not letting himself fall into temptation. But when temptation strikes… the passionate scenes between them are so erotic and sensual, but of love and heartbreak. This book has SO MANY FEELS it was almost hard for me to keep track what I was feeling. Bottom line, though, I was seriously invested in Belén and Lucky’s love story.
“Loving you, Bey, should not be something that’s hidden from the world. Your love should be a privilege, not a dirty secret. I want you to have a happy life, one that you’re proud of.”
Now I have to talk about the writing!!! Oh my god, Mara White’s writing is seriously gorgeous. The writing SUCKED me into the story and never let me go. It’s beautiful, sensual, emotional – it’s the kind of writing that makes you keep on reading. Even when the characters had me feeling distraught, I couldn’t put this book down. I became addicted to the writing and story, to the ups and downs of Belén and Lucky’s epic love. The LOVE between them just shines so clearly off the pages and in each and every word of this book.
But why am I only giving this four hearts? Well… I loved everything – except for the ending. I almost want to pretend the epilogue never happened. I’m not saying it’s a BAD ending – it just wasn’t the ending I wanted. I won’t say whether there’s a HEA or not, but I just have to say that while I can understand why the author chose to end it that way, I really REALLY wish it ended differently. It didn’t ruin the book for me, but it DID affect the way I perceived the book after I finished, and I just couldn’t give this book five hearts.
Maldeamores seriously fucked me up – in the best possible way. I don’t regret reading it (excerpt maybe for the epilogue), despite the emotional roller coaster this book put me on. The writing is flawless and the characters are the kind of messed up that I love to read about. One word to describe this book? Unputdownable. I’m so impressed with how this book was able to wring so many emotions out of me, but what I loved the most was the beautiful love story Mara White wove between Belén and Lucky. I HIGHLY recommend this book!
Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.