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Reviewed by Elizabeth Butts for Readers' Favorite
A Certain Connection by Zoey Kinsman follows the challenged love story of Mel, a forty-something psychiatrist, and Asher, a thirty-something aspiring actor who is on the verge of making it big. A chance meeting at a book store kicks off their romance, which spans more than a year, and challenges both of their mind sets in regards to love, themselves, what they want, what they need, and who they are. There is so much to overcome in this romance. Not only do they have an age difference (which seems to upset Mel more than Asher), they are logistically worlds apart (Canada vs. New York/LA). The question is - how much do they want this relationship? And that is the question that you ask yourself repeatedly as you read this book and root for happily ever after.
Zoey Kinsman has created dynamic and complex characters. Specifically Mel, whom you would consider to be above the 'mind games' that people play with themselves when they consider themselves less than worthy of love, affection, etc. Seeing someone who has had the training and the knowledge of the mind struggling with the things that normal people struggle with, the internal dialogue of self-loathing, the feelings of insecurity and lack of worth, the euphoria of a new love was both wonderful and a little nerve wracking (I found myself yelling at her once or twice). All in all, this is a sweet, fun romance that you will enjoy, and you will cheer Asher and Mel all the way to the last page and beyond.