New Adult Contemporary
She’s scarred by her past.
ANDREA EVANS is traumatized and guilt-ridden by the death of her fiancée. Tired of the gossiping small town, she travels to New York City to pursue her dream of dance. When her dreams don’t instantly come to fruition, she ends up working at a strip club with her best friend.
He’s uncertain of his future.
COOPER DAVIDSON is a famous photographer and reality television star trying to flee from his own life filled with paparazzi, mental health clinics, and a cheating wife who is pregnant.
When Andrea and Cooper’s paths cross, they realize how damaged and in need of escapism they both are. The two create an arrangement to explore the space in between chaos and order with one another. The rules are simple—no emotional connections, no talking about the past, no speaking of the future, and when one finds order, the other walks away.
All is well until Cooper falls in love with Andrea. Will Andrea open up and let someone else into her closed off heart? Can Cooper stop the tabloids and his crazed wife from exposing his past and painting Andrea as a prostitute to the world before her life spirals back down to the land of chaos?
Andrea has just lost her fiancé in a car accident where she was the driver. Cooper has just found out that his wife is pregnant with another man’s child. Both have just had lives they thought they understood shattered. Andrea moves to New York to stay with a friend and see if she can put together a life away from the small town where she feels she is suffocating. Cooper has a breakdown following his wife’s betrayal that leads him to spending a couple weeks in a psychiatric hospital. To make matters worse, he and his wife star on a successful reality television show so everything in his life is being distorted and magnified by the paparazzi.
Andrea and Cooper cross paths under unusual circumstances, and haven’t seen each other since childhood. They each recognize how broken the other is and attraction as well as a mutual desire to forget just how miserable life is for a while leads them into an intense sexual relationship only as neither wants to deal with or talk about the full reality of their own situation, and both just want a temporary mode of escape. The more they struggle to regain some sense of control in their lives, the more they realize that their feelings for one another are moving way past this situation they have set up for themselves.
This book was a very pleasant surprise, and kept me reading straight through once I started. It was easy to feel right along with both Andrea and Cooper and completely sympathize with their respective situations. I liked how honest they were with one another even though they were both deliberately not talking about certain topics. It was also really great to see each of them accept the other person where they were and respect what they needed or didn’t need at any given time. There was no judgment between them, and even though there were some really rough situations they had to get through, it was clear that they were both doing the best they could. I loved seeing their relationship evolve over time, and each of them heal and find themselves again. Also they had some wicked hot chemistry, and that was delightful.
The secondary characters were interesting, especially Andrea’s parents. They were imperfect people, but it was nice to see them do their best to love her. Andrea’s bff Ladasha was an interesting character, and a great friend to Andrea. I was happy to see some happiness finally go her way. I thought Cooper’s friend/Agent Kyle was sort of an idiot, but I came around to him by the end of the story too.
Overall, I enjoyed this a lot and would recommend it. I would gladly read more by this author in the future.
Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her loved ones and loves a great romance. The Space In Between is her debut novel and she looks forward to the world being able to read it! Other hobbies that she loves to take part in are writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly of course.