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Reviewed by Kai Alexander for Readers' Favorite
Red: A Love Story by Nicole Collet is a book whose consciousness leaps off the page. Collet's prose is so beautifully put together that I would say even Dante Alighieri would fall in love with her writing. Within every chapter, there was an intensification of both the plot and the characters. Every page permeated exquisiteness simply by speaking of life's truths as if in a cafe shop. Descriptions of places, people, and things allowed the book to exude a tropical ambiance, yet the imagery also reflected the inner emotions of the characters. In this way, Collet creates a perfect scenario of dealing with a broken heart and grief even amidst one of the most beautiful cities of the world. Every sentence was both realistic and musical. Not once in Red: A Love Story did the stream of consciousness ever drift from the harsh realities of life, and yet the prose is so powerful that the inner thoughts of the characters beg Collet's audience to question the true meaning of life, love, and happiness.
This book is an absolute diamond! Every sentence made me feel like the author selected the words straight from a passionate philosopher who suddenly discovered the poetry of Robert Browning and a first love - just beautiful! Half-philosophical, half-prose, half-love story = a whole lot of sizzle and intellectual stimulation! Seriously, one of the best books I've read in a while (and I don't say that often). I will definitely be buying the sequel! Collet's work is certainly a game changer. She is unapologetic with her take on contemporary romance. Diversity, interracial relationships, and LGBTQ relationships are all seen somewhere in this novel. Her strong female heroine, Marisa, pays no mind to masculine values of what a woman should or shouldn't do with her body. Because of this, the novel could also be considered a feminist novel as well. Finally, alongside whips and handcuffs, one can also find musings on literature, philosophy, and psychology. Truly, if you like culture with a little bit of kink - this is the book for you!