Author: B. Celeste
Genre: Taboo Forbidden Romance/Age Gap
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Age is just a number.
Just like he’s just a boy and I’m just a girl.
Except that’s not true, is it?
Because fifteen may be a number, but it’s bigger than that. Bigger than us.
It’s a number that separates us.
An excuse that keeps us apart.
But I’m not willing to give in until I get what I want.
After all, how many other girls can bring a grown man to his knees with one little smile?
The Truth About Heartache
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The truth about tomorrow is…
*it’s not guaranteed
*it isn’t promised
*it’s used as an excuse to not do something
*it’s used as a way to avoid heavy conversations/situations
*it eventually turns into today, regardless if it was a truth or a lie told
There are important lessons involved in the above ideas about tomorrow, and in B. Celeste’s newest release, The Truth About Tomorrow, her main characters, Ollie James and Charlie Tucker, experience firsthand how making promises of tomorrow can lead to heartbreak, loneliness, regrets, and lies.
Before I go any further in my review, I feel it’s important for readers to know that Ollie and Charlie’s story is an age-gap/forbidden romance. There’s a 15 year age difference between them, and while that alone may not be overly important, what is, is the fact that their mutual attraction as well as their capitulation to those feelings occurred when she was still a minor.
And there most definitely is a BUT when it comes to these two characters, and it centers around the fact that the cliched idea of age being only a number and something that doesn’t clearly define who someone is, is absolutely demonstrated in this story line, especially when it comes to the young heroine.
It’s clear that Charlie is not a typical young adult. Due to her past, she views life much differently than others her age and understands what’s important about truly living. Even if she hasn’t quite figured everything out for herself and still keeps a lot locked up inside of her, she’s wise beyond her 16 years.
The ways that Charlie grows and evolves throughout the course of the story demonstrates the work she put in to deal with her past and to be fully present in the here and now, and even though she struggles to confront what happened to her and struggles to allow people fully in to her life and to her heart for fear of what they can do to her, she never gives up on trying…she never gives up on herself, which is commendable.
Ollie was the wild card for me in this story, but it’s not because I thought he should have known better than to have feelings for a teenage girl who has experienced trauma he can’t begin to understand. What frustrated me about Ollie was how he chose to cope with his attraction to Charlie and the steps he took to remove her from his mind. There were many times that I thought he acted like a childish coward, and I know he had his own baggage that he never learned how to cope with, but I wanted him to see the risks Charlie was taking for him and the fact that she made him happy and fight with every part of himself to prove they were meant to be together despite the obstacles, despite the age difference, despite the fact that they would have to contend with disapproval.
B. Celeste is a new-to-me author, and I’m glad that I was introduced to her writing. I appreciate the fact that she doesn’t sugarcoat the difficult lessons and situations that life throws at people. She also doesn’t force her characters’ journey to be one filled with only forward progress because that’s way too unrealistic, especially given the characters’ age difference as well as all of the extenuating circumstances that surround them. I will definitely be checking out her future releases.
4.5 Poison Apples
“Show me how to play,” I say.
Her body leans back as her brows pinch with a dubious stare. “You want me to teach you how to play piano?”
I nod. “The song you played. I like it.”
She blinks, brushing her fingers through her hair. “It’s about learning to love people’s faults and pain for what they are. Beautiful.”
My head cocks. “Why is that?”
She wets her bottom lip. “I guess when you love someone, you don’t get to choose which parts. You’re getting every single piece of their being, scarred or not.”
Her eyes trail to her hand, scarred with white and pink marks. My fingers graze over each one, causing her to suck in a breath and freeze as I caress the marred flesh. They’re rougher than the rest of her hand, but part of her nonetheless.
Meeting her eyes, we stay like that for a few long moments. Neither of us says a thing or moves an inch. We just remain touching, staring, being there in one another’s company.
Then I pull away. “What are the keys I need to learn for the song?”
She exhales then shows me the basics.
It’s a silent admission between us.
Your scars are beautiful, Charlie.
B. Celeste is the alter ego of Barbara C. Doyle.
Her obsession with forbidden romance enabled her to pave a path into a new world of love, sex, sin, and angst.
Her debut novel is The Truth about Heartbreak.