Red: A Love Story
Marco and Marisa are teacher and student, a recipe for one of the original taboo romances. They share a love of classic literature, using the words of the past to express their feelings in the present. Their romance is a whirlwind; they fall fast and deeply, but Marisa’s past and relationship with her mother is a complication Marco doesn’t want to be a part of. When the couple is discovered and Marco’s reputation is on the line, he makes a decision based on his own history of heartbreak. Is their love as star-crossed as those they have read about?
Set in Brazil, Collet’s inclusion of the beauty of Sao Paolo makes for a vivid backdrop, however the narrative is often unnecessarily wordy. The storyline itself lacks direction at times and the book, noted as a stand-alone novel, ends on a lackluster note at best. There are two more volumes forthcoming and there is a rather obvious cliffhanger ending, leaving the reader to wonder what direction Collet will take next. Dubbed as a “thinking woman’s Fifty Shades of Grey”, any similarity between the two books is superficial at best. Perhaps future volumes will add the depth to the story it is currently lacking.
Something Or Other Publishing