Book Review of The Lives Between Us
Title: The Lives Between Us
Author: Theresa Rizzo
Date Published: July 1st 2015
Date Read: , November 05, 2015
The Blurb: How far would you go to save the one you love?
Reporter Skylar Kendall has run from commitment all her life, pushing people away before they leave her, until her niece worms her way into Skye’s heart and settles in tight. Skye relaxes into a career she enjoys and relishes being a doting aunt.
Then her niece becomes gravely ill. Unable to bear yet another loss, Skye is determined to find a cure, but the girl’s only hope lies in the embryonic stem cell therapy Michigan Senator Edward Hastings repeatedly opposes. When Skye fails to find alternative treatment in time, she vows to end the senator’s political career.
Curious about the woman behind the scathing articles on his best friend, Mark Dutton pursues Skye. Dating Mark gives her access to Hastings’s life and secrets that would launch Skye's career and satisfy her need for retribution… Only she hadn’t counted on falling in love.
Can she avenge the lives lost to politics at the expense of her new love and friends?
2 Preachy Stars
The Lives Between Us was an alright read. I didn't really like it, and I didn't really hate it. It really came off as kinda boring and preachy. Over 50% of this book is about embryonic stem cell (ESC) treatment in great detail. Skye one of the main characters in the book is for ESC and feels it would save her niece's life. The niece dies. Skye blames her death on another main character, Senator Hastings, because he is pro-life and blocked the use of ESC. Now I don't really know a lot about ESC so I don't really have a personal opinion on it one way or another. I normally have no problem with political or religious views in books even if I don't agree with them, as long as it goes with the story line and isn't super in your face preachy. I feel the author used this book as a podium to preach her views on ESC and all the good it can do. This book talked so much about ESC using tons of medical descriptive terms that it bugged me and quite frankly bored me. ESC may be great, but this book is suppose to be a romance book not a medical text book. I will say that I did like Mark. He was funny, sexy, and playful. I also liked Faith, Peter, Senator Hastings, and his wife. I couldn't stand Skye. She was so selfish, immature, shallow, closed mind, self righteous in her belief of ESC, and a huge coward. She pushed everyone away because they could die someday and hurt her. She pushed her sister Faith and brother n law Peter away after they lost their daughter and I felt that was just cold blooded. Then when her sister had twins super early due to suffering seizures and a stroke she didn't visit the babies for months and didn't wanna touch or hold them til Mark pretty much forced her, and she wasn't very supportive of her sister. I honesty don't know how Mark could ever fall in love with her. I can't think of one good thing about her. This book just didn't work for me. :(