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When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school. Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. The attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.
The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love but also for their lives.
Dark and gritty with a dash of humor, White Fur had me captivated from page one.
The story of star-crossed lovers is one that’s been told before, but never quite like this. Jamey and Elise are from opposite sides of the track, and while everyone feels that it’s wrong, they know that it’s right.
The prose in this book is outstanding. While it may not be for everyone, I was sucked in and never looked back. Heaven knows my brain does not work the way this author’s does, so I appreciated this even more – knowing that I could never write the way the author does was fascinating. Mad respect on the exceptional writing, Jardine Libaire.
While this story takes place in the 1980’s (bonus points!) it is a story that is timeless and could take place at any time throughout history. But as a child of the 80’s, it was highly enjoyable.
You will be rooting for these lovers by the story’s end, mark my words.
Note: there are quite a few graphic sexual scenes. While some of it may feel gratuitous, I believe it truly illustrated how this couple’s relationship evolved from lustful to love. If this is not your thing, you may want to consider skipping this one.
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.